Graduate Studies

The decision as to whether Fall 2022 semester will be on campus or online will be announced on February 1, 2022.

Applications for graduate programs are accepted each year between November 1 - March 1 with decisions made by March 30. However, for fall 2022 applications will close at the later date of April 15, 2022.

For those wishing to apply for the Tsadra Foundation scholarship please note that there is an earlier deadline for RYI applications; the application deadline for the MA TTIP is January 1,  and the application deadline for the MA in Buddhist Studies and the MA Preparatory program is January 15.

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Graduate studies are for those students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree and wish to study in our MA program, or for those who have obtained an MA degree and wish to study in our PhD program or undertake independent research.

Visiting students from MA programs at other institutions may consider spending a semester studying in the MA program at CBS.

Researchers with at least an MA degree are eligible to apply for Research Affiliate status with us as long as their topic of research is compatible with the mission and research interests of CBS.

Students who either have completed a bachelor’s degree in a different area or do not fulfil the requirements to join the Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies program have the option to apply to MA-preparatory program. This preparatory program facilitates the acquisition of basic knowledge needed to be successful in the MA in Buddhist Studies degree. Students take undergraduate-level courses to in order to prepare for the MA Buddhist studies program. 

MA Programs

The MA program is a 2-year (4 semester / 60 credit) program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research in primary source literature and languages. The program provides students with the methods and skills required for mature academic research, and develops their abilities to undertake independent research projects within the field of Buddhist Studies or translation, textual interpretation, and philology. Read more...

MA Preparatory Program

The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers an MA preparatory program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language to prepare students to join one of the Centre’s MA programs or a Buddhist Studies, Area Studies, Religious Studies or similar MA program at another university. Read more...

PhD Program

The PhD program at Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies (CBS) is a 3-year research program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The aim of the program is to develop each student's ability to undertake academic research projects within Buddhist Studies to the highest standard and to elicit substantial new findings in the field. Read more...

Research Affiliation

Each year, scholars from around the world visit CBS to undertake research for their graduate, post-graduate, or independent projects. CBS offers the unique opportunity to benefit from the rich resources of a vibrant monastic institution of learning as well as a broad community of western-trained scholars. Research affiliation is offered through Kathmandu University. Read more...