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In Buddhist Studies

The International Center for Buddhist Studies
for monks novices and laypeople from all over
the world.



The Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies is awarded for mastering a field of scholarship, for learning the methods of investigation appropriate to that field, and for completing original research.

Although the courses Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies mainly aims at developing graduate’s efficiency of being spiritual leader hood and enabling for reasonably and intelligently solving various kinds of problems. Besides, the program enables to produce the graduate with insightful knowledge of the Buddha’s teaching so that they are able to teach in reasonably and intelligently to both Thais and foreigners. As a result, those who have studied Buddhism regarding this program can rightly apprehend and effectively practice along with Buddhist principles and better understanding on the current situations of the world and society and well-versed in using modern technology to propagate the auspicious teachings of the Buddha.

A College enriched with the beauty of multicultural


International Center for Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University produces intelligent graduates within a collaborative network of Buddhist educational Institutes around the world, with the aim of awakening society and integrating Buddhist studies with modern sciences to develop Buddhist research, innovation and academic services based on projects to foster and maintain the arts and culture of a multicultural society.


IBSC upholds the mission to train its graduate students to acquire communicational knowledge and skills in promoting Buddhist studies reasonably and intellectually throughout the world. Besides, the program enables to produce the graduates with basic skills in conducting academic research, have deep understanding and appreciation for the richness of three Buddhist traditions, namely Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Graduates also enable to be competent in the use of English in teaching the Dhamma from both intellectually and humbly by proper using of modern technology.


The Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies aspirant specifies a program area in which classes and research work are to be done and in which she or he expects to become a scholar. This area of concentration is at least 120 graduate credit hours taken at the International  Buddhist Studies College (IBSC), Mahachulalongkorn rajavidyalaya University, exclusive of research credits and research skills requirement. The Bachelor study aspirant, with the assistance of an advisor, constructs a bachelor program plan of coursework and research opportunities.

1.  Unit of General Education Subjects 30 credits

1.1 Compulsory Subjects                        18 credits
1.2 Selective Subjects                             12 credits

2.  Unit of Specific Subjects 84 credits

2.1 Subject Group of Buddhism             12 credits
2.2 Core Subjects                                     33 credits
2.3 Specific Subjects                                30 credits
2.4 Selective Subjects                              9 credits  

3.  Unit of Independent Selective Subjects 6 credits 

Total                                                          120 credits



Unit of General Education Subjects

It is divided into compulsory subjects with 18 credits that students must study all and select 12 more credits. Totally, there are 30 credits as:

Unit of General Education Subjects 30   credits                                

(1) Compulsory Subjects                                                18   credits

(2) Selective Subjects                                                     12   credits

1. Unit of General Education Subjects 30 credits

The Students must study the Unit of General Education Subjects 30 credits as follows:

1.1 Compulsory Subjects 18 credits

112 101         Sciences and Arts of Life                                           

112 102         Social Studies for Human Development                

112 103         Scientific Paradigm                                                

112 104         Fundamentals of Philosophy                                  

112 205         Peace Studies                                       

112 206         Introduction to Statistics and Research                                     

1.2 Selective Subjects 12 credits 

112 107         Introduction to Religions

112 108         Environmental Studies and Deep Ecology   

112 109         World Politics and Administrations   

112 110         Principle of Management               

112 111         Principle of Economics                  

112 112         Principle of Psychology                 

112 113         Buddhist Arts                    

112 114         Public Mind and Social Development

112 115         Integrity and Good Governance  

112 116         Innovation and Information Technology

112 117         Sufficiency Economic Philosophy 

112 118         Introduction to Sciences      

112 119         Sustainable Development    

112 120         Global Citizenship Studies              

112 121         Cross-Cultural Languages and Communications

112 222         Systematic and Critical Thinking

112 223         Introduction to Computer Applications

112 224         Introduction to Logics

112 225         Academic English        

112 226         Basic English

112 227         Advanced English

112 228         Introduction to Sanskrit

112 229         Advanced Sanskrit

112 230         Introduction to Thai   

112 231          Advanced Thai        

112 232         Introduction to Chinese

112 233         Advanced Chinese 

112 234         Basic Pali           

112 235         Advanced Pali     

2.1 Subject Group of Buddhism 12 credits

The students must study the educational and practical subject group of Buddhism with 12 credits:

112 136         Buddha’s Life Studies                                         

112 137         Early Buddhism                                                 

112 238         History of Buddhism                                

112 239         Traditions and Rituals of Buddhist Schools  

2.2 Core Subjects 33 credits

112 340         Theravāda Buddhism                      

112 341         Mahayāna Buddhism                         

112 342         Vajrayāna Buddhism                                          

112 343         Zen Buddhism                                                   

112 344         Vinaya Pitaka Studies                               

112 345         Suttanta Pitaka Studies                                         

112 446         Abhidhamma Pitaka Studies                                

112 447         Mūlamadhyamakakārika Studies                          

112 448         Abhidhammakosa Studies                         

112 449         Common Buddhist Text Studies                     

112 450         Comparative Studies on Buddhist Schools       


2.3 Specific Subjects         30 credits

112 351         Mindfulness and Meditation I             

112 352         Mindfulness and Meditation II               

112 353         Mindfulness and Meditation III   

112 354         Mindfulness and Meditation IV                  

112 355         Mindfulness and Meditation V             

112 356         Mindfulness and Meditation VI    

112 457         Mindfulness and Meditation VII                

112 458         Mindfulness and Meditation VIII                

112 459         Buddhism and Brain    

112 460         Insight Dialogue                                                


2.4 Selective Subjects 9 credits

112 361         Buddhism and Science                              

112 362         Buddhism in the West                                

112 363         Buddhism in Southeast Asia                         

112 364         Buddhism in Thailand                            

112 365         Buddhism in Central Asia                             

112 366         Buddhism in South Asia                               

112 467         Tibetan Buddhism                                              

112 468         Buddhism in Mekhong Basin                

112 469         Buddhism in Himalayan Regions   

112 470         Buddhist Innovation in Digital Era     

112 471         Multiculturalism                          

112 472         Inter-Religious Dialogue                          

2. Unit of Specific Subjects 84 credits


The students of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies (International Program) must bring out the theoretical principle

and the method that studied for propagation of Buddhism and service the society nationally and internationally as a supervisor assigned thereby arranging it as a dissertation to present it in public for purposely exchanging the lessons and taking it as the way to propagate Buddhism and give a service to society.



The comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral parts and covers the major area pursued by the student. The student passes the comprehensive examination if a majority of the official examining committee (including the chair) approves the student’s performance.


Eight semesters (which may include one summer session), usually consecutive, at any time beginning with the first semester of bachelor study, must be spent in resident study at IBSC. Residence is not merely a period measured in hour. During this period the bachelor aspirant must be involved full time in academic pursuits, which may include up to half-time on-campus teaching or research, or under certain circumstances, a greater percentage of research if it is directed specifically toward the student’s degree objectives.

* International applicants should check the IBSC website for additional admission requirements.

Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

The application for admission to International Center for Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkorn rajavidyalaya University for undergraduate study has the following  requirements:

1. High School or equivalent with at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2. A complete graduate application: apply online or at the Office of IBSC Student service.

3. An official transcript (not student’s copy) of all previous school credit sent from the institution directly to the Office of IBSC Student service (printed transcripts or official electronic versions are both acceptable).

4. English requirement please check from the list here.

5. A statement of career goals describing an area of interest in curriculum and instruction and how this degree will help meet professional aspirations.

6. Letters of recommendation from one people who can comment on the applicant’s ability to complete an Undergraduate program of study.

7. A writing sample: an essay or an article, paper, or other composition originally written by the applicant. An appropriate length is five to eight pages.

8. CV or a vitae or resume.



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