Master of Arts

RYI is happy to announce that applications for the 2024/25 Master of Arts programs are now open. 

RYI offers two MA programs in related fields: a Buddhist Studies MA and an MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology. Both MAs are two-year, four-semester programs that require 60 credits for graduation. The first three semesters of each MA are spent doing the relevant course work with the fourth semester dedicated to writing the dissertation. The MA in Buddhist Studies focuses on Buddhist philosophy and doctrine, historical and cultural contextualization, research methods, and developing students’ ability to do original research in the field. The MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology focuses on translating Buddhist texts into English, largely from Tibetan (with a recognition of the Tibetan canon’s reliance on Sanskrit Buddhist texts). Course work focuses on translation, translation methods, philology, historical and cultural contextualization, and developing the student’s ability to produce a properly contextualized and annotated translation.

To view the Fall 2024 course offerings for Master of Arts please visit this page.

Visit our admissions page for application details and program-specific dates

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Master of Arts (MA) in Buddhist Studies

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. Read more…

Master of Arts (MA) in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology

The MA program is a 2-year (4 semester/60 credit) program that combines graduate-level philosophy and translation seminars in which students work with primary source literature and the languages of the Buddhist tradition. The aim of the program is to introduce students to the methods and skills involved in translation, textual interpretation, and philology and to develop their ability to undertake independent translation projects and translation research within the field of Buddhist Studies. During the first year of the program each student is assigned a Thesis Supervisor who works with the student to help select and define a thesis project, generally consisting of an annotated translation with introduction. 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…

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