Graduate Certificate

(Applied Buddhist Studies)

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 Overview
Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies) Venerable Dr Juewei
Course Duration Full-time: 6 months. Part-time options available for domestic students only
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements Bachelor degree with a major in humanities or social sciences, OR

relevant work experience and professional training of at least three (3) years (for example, in Buddhist ministry or counselling, demonstrated through the provision of a CV or evidence of professional training, such as certificate of completion).

English Language Requirements Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English will need to meet our English Language Requirements.
Related Courses Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies
Tuition Fees 2024 Domestic $10,080
International $12,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy
Non-Tuition Fees More about non-tuition fees
CRICOS Course Code 072349G
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


Course Structure
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).

The following course structure is effective as of 1 January 2023 and will apply to all students commencing their studies after this date. Students who commenced their studies prior to 1 January 2023 can elect to either follow the course structure valid at the time of their enrolment, or transition to the new course structure. For more information about your study pattern, please contact Student Services via enquiry@nantien.edu.au or +61 2 4258 7040.

Core Subjects

ABS801 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS802 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice

Elective Subjects

3 electives to be chosen from the list below but may include 1 subject from the Health and Social Wellbeing Program.
Please note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. Please check the timetable, or contact Student Services for advice.

ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS920 Buddhism and Interreligious Understanding
ABS922 Buddhism and Modern Society
ABS923 Health as Buddhist Practice
ABS931 Selected Readings of World Buddhist Literature
ABS933 Buddhist Art as Visual Communication
ABS940 Naturalisation of Buddhism in China and Beyond
ABS941 South Asian Buddhism
HB801 Foundational Texts in Humanistic Buddhism
HB802 Principles of Professional Engagement
NTI800 Critical Inquiry


Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.