Graduate Certificate in Humanistic Buddhism

This postgraduate course will enable you to acquire a deep and broad understanding of the key themes of Humanistic Buddhism through historical, socio-cultural and textual studies.  You will engage in critical exploration of contemporary issues, as well as develop a personal understanding of key roles and identity, through contemplative reflection on practice and studies.  On completion of the course, you will be able to develop a deeper sense of purpose, be more self-aware and open to new experiences, and be better equipped to be of service to others.  This course welcomes students from all Buddhist traditions.



Course Details
CRICOS Course Code 097542A
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C
Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Venerable Dr Juewei
Course Duration Full-time: 6 months (Part-time options available)
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements A bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification. Relevant work experience is normally conceived as work in a Buddhist
profession or workplace for at least three years full-time or six years part-time. 
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
Pathway to further learning

Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Studies
Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

Fees 2019 Domestic $5,800*
International $7,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens

Course Structure & Subjects


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

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

Core Subjects

Note: Not all core subjects are offered in each semester. Please check the NTI Timetable, or with the Student Services Manager on the scheduled subjects.

 HB901 Foundational Texts in Humanistic Buddhism
 HB902 Principles of Professional Engagement

Elective Subjects 

2 Elective Subjects to be chosen from the table below:

 ABS920 Buddhism and Interreligious Understanding
 ABS922 Buddhism and Modern Society
 ABS933 Buddhist Art as Visual Communication
 ABS940 Naturalisation of Buddhism in China and Beyond
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics



Course Outcome

On completion of the course, you are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate ideas related to the development and relevance of Humanistic Buddhism from historical, doxographical, socio-cultural, and educational perspectives.
  2. Analyse and synthesise knowledge based on humanistic values and apply them to creating solutions to contemporary real-world scenarios;
  3. Construct effective written and/or interpersonal communication to deliver knowledge of complex practices related to foundational themes of Humanistic Buddhism;
  4. Produce, employ and evaluate education materials to apply Humanistic Buddhism in a variety of contexts;
  5. Develop projects and activities which demonstrate an understanding of a Buddhist mission which has application to contemporary real-world scenarios.
Relevant Professions

The Buddhist Ministry course is relevant to:

  • Dharma teachers
  • Project coordinators for multicultural and multi-faith communities
  • Temple staff/executives/volunteers seeking professional development
  • Temple devotees/members
  • International or local individuals considering a Buddhist vocation or seeking to establish a Buddhist community.
Since this is an ecumenical program, students from all Buddhist denominations in Australasia are welcome to enrol.