Graduate Diploma

(Applied Buddhist Studies)

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies at NTI is a one year full-time program that builds on the teachings in the NTI Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies. It covers a range of graduate-level seminars covering a broad range of areas of the history, philosophy and contemporary aspects of Buddhism.

It continues the study of Buddhist beliefs, history and culture and continues to lay the foundations for further study and experiential learning of Buddhism and to apply humanistic Buddhism to daily life. You will further develop your critical and analytical skills, see the connections between Buddhism and modern society, and apply Buddhist philosophy and experience to life and work in areas such as life education, palliative care and holistic health.

Course Overview

Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies) Dr Tamara Ditrich
Course Duration Full-time: 12 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

a Graduate Certificate with a focus on Buddhist Studies.

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 Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies
Tuition Fees 2021# Domestic $16,000# 
International $19,200#
*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 072350D
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C



Course Structure

This course can be completed in 2 semesters of full-time study. Students can spread their subjects over a longer period.

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies qualification requires the completion of 8 subjects (for a total of 48 credit points) as follows:

Core Subjects


Introduction to Buddhism                                         

ABS902 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice

Elective Subjects 

6 electives to be chosen from the schedule below but may include a maximum of 2 subjects from the Health and Social Wellbeing Program.

Please note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. You can check the timetable, or with the Student Services Office for scheduled subjects.

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


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