E-Learning MA in Buddhist Studies

1. About the Program

IBC E-Learning MA Program for Buddhist Studies is based on IBC MA Program (36-credits). It is course-based with two options:
-Option 1: 11 courses and an Independent Study Report (5,000 words);
-Option 2: 8 courses and a Thesis of about 25,000 words (eligible only to those who obtained a GPA of 3.5).
The MA program’s duration is three years. Individual e-tutorials will be available to all students.
The invigilated Comprehensive Exam will be conducted at the end of the course.

Prospective students should note that if they join the MA program but are unable to complete the full MA three years' program for any reason, they would only earn:

* The Postgraduate Certificate after completing the first year (12 credits); and/or
* The Postgraduate Advanced Certificate after completing the second year (total of 24 credits).

Familiarity with Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and acquaintance with Buddhist texts or knowledge of the Pali language would be useful.

Fro more general information about the MA Program please refer to: http://ibc.ac.th/en/graduate

2. Entrance Requirements

Applicants should be at least 21 years and have a good first degree or a degree of equivalent standard from a University elsewhere. Applicants must have attained a level of proficiency in English language acceptable by the International Buddhist College for admission.

3. Course Fees

Admission fee of USD200 is payable upon registration of each student.
Fees are paid USD300 for each credit or USD900 for a 3-credit subject, USD3,600 for 12 credit thesis.

4. Assessment

The MA examination and the assignments for each subject can be conducted on-line.

For the Comprehensive Examination at the end of the three year course, students will have to take the examination at an authorized venue, such as the IBC, a chosen Buddhist Center, or the Royal Thai Embassies or Consulates in any country. Malaysian students can choose either Than Hsiang Temple in Penang, or Tham Wah Wan Temple in KL.

5. Study Program Plan

The study program is based on a three year period with two semesters per year. Two subjects are required to be completed in each semester.

The new Study Plan is to be introduced from the new semester in July 2014. According to the new Study Plan, the following courses will be offered in the forthcoming semester, as well as in all subsequent semesters 1:

C1 - ME6101 Theravāda Buddhism - Core course
C2 - ME6102 Mahāyāna Buddhism - Core course
E1 - ME6208 Buddhism and Society - Elective course
E2 - ME6205 Survey of the Doctrines of the Abhidharma Schools - Elective course
E3 - ME6215 Chinese Buddhist Thought - Elective course
E4 - ME6210 Buddhist Psychotherapy - Elective course
ME6321 Independent Study Report

The new students who are joining the program in semester 1 are to take C1 and C2 as compulsory courses. he students who joined the program in the previous semester (for this year only) must take C2 and can select one more elective subject, while the rest of the students can chose 2 subjects from the list of elective courses.

The following courses shall be offered in the forthcoming semester 2 (December 2014 - May 2015), as well as in all subsequent semesters 2:

C3 - ME6103 History of Indian Buddhism - Core course
E5 - ME6217 Lam Rin Chen Mo: The Path to Enlightenment in the Tibetan Tradition - Elective
course
E6 - ME6012 Buddhism In Japan - Elective course
E7 - ME6220 Theravāda Abhidharma - Elective course
E8 - ME6206 Bodhisattva Ideal - Elective course
E9 - to be confirmed - Elective course
ME6321 Independent Study Report

The new students joining the program in the second semesters, as well as the students who were admitted to the program in the previous semester 1, are to take C3 and any other subject from the list. The rest of the students can chose 2 elective courses from the offered list.

The new Study Plan is specifically for the students who are following Option 1, with 11 courses and the Independent Study Report. The same Study Plan remains true for the students who are entitled to follow Option 2 with the following alteration: after taking 8 courses (having obtained the minimum GPA of 3.5) they can choose to write a Thesis (not less than 25,000 words).

For further questions please contact us by e-mail: elearning@ibc.ac.th