Master of Art Degrees in Buddhist Studies

Compare 4 Master of Art Degrees in Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies

A Master of Arts degree typically takes between one and three years to achieve and possibly entails the completion of a thesis as a final project. Students expand upon the academic knowledge of their bachelor’s degree and gain a more specialized understanding of their field.

What is an MA in Buddhist Studies? An MA in Buddhist Studies gives students a deep knowledge of the Buddhist religion and its cultural impact on the world. Coursework focuses on the pillars of the faith and its historical context, evolution over time and position in the modern world. Because the religion is an integral part of many cultures, students may also study languages most relevant to the religion, such as Sanskrit, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Nepali.

During their degree program, students learn to communicate effectively across cultures, which can translate into a wealth of job opportunities or an entirely new career. They may be eligible for higher-level positions, leading to increased salaries and quicker career trajectories.

The total expense of the program will depend on a variety of factors, including the price of living in the university area, the institution's tuition costs and the type of instruction. Many students choose to cut costs with online instruction and digital learning materials.

Once students complete their degree, some will choose to pursue a doctorate degree program in Buddhist studies or a similar academic area. However, students are also prepared to enter the work force in the educational and business sectors. In education, students can teach at community colleges or perhaps at some universities. Those who go into the business sector frequently pursue international business with a focus on Asia. Additionally, graduates’ familiarity with a range of languages may help them find employment as translators.

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Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies (MA)

Maitripa College
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Portland

The MA in Buddhist Studies Program is a 44-credit graduate degree program under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MA degree focuses on combining rigorous academic study with meditation and community service requirements to offer a superior, integrated education in Buddhist Studies, and is designed for students seeking an in-depth and critical understanding of Buddhist thought in the context of both traditional and academic scholarship. [+]

The MA in Buddhist Studies Program is a 44-credit graduate degree program under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MA degree focuses on combining rigorous academic study with meditation and community service requirements to offer a superior, integrated education in Buddhist Studies, and is designed for students seeking an in-depth and critical understanding of Buddhist thought in the context of both traditional and academic scholarship. The degree couples meditative experience of the path and training to integrate Buddhist principles into active service in partnership with a core philosophical curriculum designed to ground the student in Buddhist principles, logic, philosophical arguments, and meditative techniques. The integration of scholarship, meditation, and service is emphasized, with additional required coursework in research methods, history, and a minimum of two terms of classical Tibetan language. Comprehensive exams, or in exceptional cases, a thesis, is the capstone degree requirement.... [-]


MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This MA offers an in-depth introduction to the yogic and meditational techniques and doctrines of India, Tibet, China, and Japan within the historical and cultural context of their formation. Furthermore, it explores the nature of spiritual experience that arises from yoga and meditation through a cross-cultural, inter-regional perspective. [+]

MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The thematic components and cross-regional perspectives typically suit students with the following interests and/or aspirations:

Experienced practitioners of yoga and meditation who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped their traditions. Students with a background in psychology seeking to gain knowledge of meditation and mindfulness for their clinical work. Students planning to pursue further research which may involve, at a subsequent stage, the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education. Students seeking to pursue a career or professional activity for which advanced knowledge of the yoga and meditation traditions of Asia is required. Students who wish to pursue the academic study of these traditions as a complement to their personal experience. ... [-]

MA Buddhist Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Buddhist Studies suits students with different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Buddhism as a whole or of specific Buddhist traditions to those intending to embark on language-based research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities. [+]

MA Buddhist Studies

Duration:

Full-time: 1 calendar year. Part-time: 2 or 3 calendar years.

We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

Who is this programme for?

The MA Buddhist Studies suits students with different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Buddhism as a whole or of specific Buddhist traditions to those intending to embark on language-based research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.

It typically suits:

students planning to pursue further research in Buddhist Studies, which may involve at a subsequent stage the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education. students willing to pursue a career or professional activity, for which advanced knowledge of Buddhism as a global cultural force is essential. students who wish to pursue the academic study of religions as a complement to their personal experience and commitments. students from traditionally Buddhist countries, willing to broaden their knowledge of Buddhism as a global religion, and to be introduced to an academic approach that is characterised both by its critical distance and by its empathy. Structure ... [-]

Masters in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions

Nalanda University
Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2019 India Delhi

The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. [+]

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Nalanda University was established following the passage of the Nalanda University Act 2010 in both the Houses of the Indian Parliament. The academic operations at the University started from September 2014.

Legacy of Ancient Nalanda

Since the hallmark of the ancient Nalanda University was its internationalism, the new Nalanda’s idea is also premised on the same. It is a revival university which takes its name from its ancient predecessor which remains the oldest known centre of organized higher education in the world. Given the huge resonance of Nalanda, especially in East Asia, it was decided that a new Nalanda University be established close to the site of the original.... [-]