Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies is a six-month full-time program that offers a range of graduate-level seminars covering a broad range of areas of the history, philosophy and contemporary aspects of Buddhism.


The course offers a comprehensive account of the origins and influences of Buddhism. The theory of Buddhism and other religious systems is integrated with experiential learning so that the students gain personal experience of spiritual life by practising and applying Buddhist philosophy as a source of spiritual self-reliance.


The course structure is designed to lay the basic foundations for further study and allows students to progress to the Graduate Diploma and work towards a Masters qualification.


Course Details
CRICOS Course Code 072349G
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C
Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies) Dr Tamara Ditrich
Course Duration Full-time: 6 months. Part-time options available
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements Either a Bachelor degree with a major in humanities or social sciences OR relevant work experience and professional training of at least 3 years, for example in Buddhist ministry or counselling.
English Language Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. For applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English, the requirement is IELTS (academic version only) 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each subtest, or equivalent assessment of English language proficiency. The test must be completed no more than 2 years before commencement. Read more -> English Language Requirements
Related Courses Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies
Fees 2018 Domestic $5,000*
International $6,400
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Fees 2019  Domestic $6,600*
International $8,000
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens 
Course Structure & Subjects

This course can be completed in 1 semester of full-time study. Students can spread their subjects over a longer period.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies qualification requires the completion of 4 subjects (for a total of 24 credit points) as follows:

Core Subjects

ABS901 Introduction to Buddhism

Elective Subjects 

3 electives to be chosen from the schedule below but may include 1 subject from the Health and Social Wellbeing Program.
Note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. Please check the current Timetable online, or with the Student Services Office on the scheduled subjects.

ABS902 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS903 Research Methods of Religious Studies
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS920 Buddhism and Interreligious Understanding
ABS921 Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability
ABS922 Buddhism and Modern Society
ABS923 Health as Buddhist Practice
ABS930 Tradition and Change
ABS931 Selected Readings of Buddhist Meditation Literature
ABS932 Mindfulness and Conflict Transformation
ABS933 Buddhist Art as Visual Communication
ABS940 Naturalisation of Buddhism in China and Beyond
ABS941 Indian Buddhism
ABS942 Buddhist Theories of Mind
ABS943 Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism
ABS944 Mindfulness and Cognitive Science