The Master of Arts in Applied Buddhist Studies at NTI is a program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research projects in a range of areas of the history, philosophy and contemporary aspects of Buddhism.
It completes the Applied Buddhist Studies Program and culminates in an applied research project. You will study the impact of Buddhism in different countries, plus dialogues between Buddhism and other religions. You will explore the philosophy of life according to Buddhist beliefs as a spiritual mentor and source of spiritual self-reliance, morality and ethics, plus learn the applications of Buddhist philosophy to all aspects of life – family, career, and responsible government and management.
The aim of the program is to introduce students to the methods and skills involved in established academic research and to develop their ability to undertake independent research projects within the field of Buddhist and religious studies.
All teachers are highly qualified and experienced academics holding university appointments. NTI also provides support to help students with research projects and library searches.
Insights, motivation and new skills to benefit your relationships and your career by understanding how and why you act or react in a particular manner.
Knowledge and insights of Buddhist values relevant to community, care and humanities professions such as counselling, social work and health occupations.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of Buddhist beliefs and culture – investigate, analyse and explain the origins of Buddhism, its influences and impacts
Command analytical and critical skills to high order – apply the research methods of religious studies and social science to analyse and critically evaluate the influence of Buddhism from historical to modern times.
Apply knowledge to new situations and think critically, rigorously and independently – explore the philosophy of life and ethical principles founded on Buddhist beliefs and their applications.
|Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies)||Dr Tamara Ditrich|
|Course Duration||Full-time: 18 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 a Graduate Diploma with a focus on Buddhist Studies or a Graduate Certificate with a focus on Buddhist Studies and 3 years of relevant work experience (for example in Buddhist ministry or counselling)|
|English Language||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||Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies
Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies
|Fees 2020#||Domestic $21,600*
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
|CRICOS Course Code||072351C|
|CRICOS Provider Number||03233C|
# Indicative fee, assuming all electives are chosen within the Award program
This course can be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study. Students can spread their subjects over a longer period. It is possible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies or Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies.
The Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies) qualification requires the completion of 10 subjects and the Research Project (72 credit points); OR the completion of 12 subjects (for a total of 72 credit points) as follows:
|ABS901||Introduction to Buddhism|
|ABS902||Mindfulness: Theory and Practice|
|ABS950||Research Project (12 credit points); OR two elective subjects|
6 electives to be chosen from the schedule below but may include a maximum of 3 subjects from the Health and Social Wellbeing Program
Please note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. Please check the timetable, or with the Student Services Office for scheduled subjects.
|ABS903||Research Methods of Religious Studies|
|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|
|ABS942||Buddhist Theories of Mind|
|ABS943||Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism|
|ABS944||Mindfulness and Cognitive Science|