Master of Arts

(Applied Buddhist Studies)

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Course Overview

Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies) Venerable Dr Juewei
Course Duration Full-time: 18 months. Part-time options available for domestic students only
Delivery Method Supported online study
Academic Requirements

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

Note: Applicants who are not eligible for direct entry to this course, but are eligible for entry to the Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma can transition to the Master degree, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma requirements.

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 Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies
Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies
Tuition Fees 2023 Domestic $28,800
International $34,800
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy
Tuition Fees 2024 Domestic $30,240
International $36,600
*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 072351C
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


Course Structure

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 12 subjects (for a total of 72 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 12023 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 0740.

Core Subjects

ABS801 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS802 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS903 Research Methods of Religious Studies
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
NTI951 Capstone Seminar

Elective Subjects 

7 electives to be chosen from the list 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 contact Student Services for advice.

ABS920 Buddhism and Interreligious Understanding
ABS922 Buddhism and Modern Society
ABS923 Health as Buddhist Practice
ABS931 Selected Reading 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.