Ph.D. (Buddhist Studies) is an international program offered in Chinese and English medium. It is a 48-credit program with the minimum duration of 5 semester and the maximum duration of 5 years. The basic philosophy of the doctoral degree in Buddhist Studies rests on the premise that graduates of the program will serve humanity in their useful employment as ethically upright professionals in the academic field or Buddhist-based welfare organizations and benevolent societies. The minimal entry qualification is a M.A. degree in any discipline (preferably with background knowledge or concentrations or experience in Buddhadharma studies or work).
Those who are interested in the program may download the curriculum or program details attached below and/or email email@example.com for further inquiries.
Rationale of the Programme
This world is economically and technologically driven. In the increasingly materialistic world, there is a growing realization of the need and demand to strike for a balance in spiritual and physical growth. In this scientifically and information-driven world, conventional religious teachings, religious dogma and blind faith no longer command the level of attention and respect as in the past if they do not tie in with the latest in scientific development and findings. Buddhism, the only religion in the world that has withstood the challenges of science time and time again, has gained popularity and faith worldwide in solving human conflicts of both internal and external nature. The appeal of Buddhism keeps rising globally and there follows an ever-increasing demand for properly trained Buddhists to help transmit the teachings in the right way. There is an apparent shortage of Buddhist institutions of learning and trained professionals to match this growing demand.
Thailand is one of the few countries in the world where there are Buddhist universities established solely to train Buddhist professionals among the monks, nuns and laity, to promote Buddhist teachings and offer degrees in Buddhist studies. International Buddhist College is just about the only one existing Buddhist College in Thailand that offers graduate and post-graduate programs in Buddhist Studies in two languages, English and Chinese language, the two languages spoken by more than 75% of the world population. The choice of the two international languages for teaching and communicating teachings of Buddha at IBC is significant in that IBC aims to extend the peace-embracing Buddhist teachings and philosophy to the biggest possible proportion of the world population, for it operates on the motto, ‘for the good of many’, the very reason Buddha commenced and tirelessly expounded his teachings for forty-five years until his Parinirvana.
In their drive to cure the world’s ills, Buddhist organizations continue to grow and expand. These include Buddhist institutions of learning, welfare and benevolent organizations, in addition to the growing number of nunneries and monasteries established worldwide. These institutions need the service of Buddhist-trained and educated professionals in management and other levels. Academic institutions, in particular, need more doctoral graduates to fill in the professional, teaching, managerial and planning posts. IBC therefore proposes to run and operate the doctoral program in Buddhist Studies to produce the right professionals to meet this demand in the market.
Philosophy of the Programme
The basic philosophy of the doctoral degree in Buddhist Studies rests on the premise that graduates of the program will serve humanity in their useful employment as ethically upright professionals in the academic field or Buddhist-based welfare organizations and benevolent society or as Buddhist missionaries.
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Required Application Documents
All the documents mentioned above should be mailed to the address below. You can also email them first to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate School of Buddhist Studies
International Buddhist College
88, Mu2, Thung Mo Subdistrict
Khuan Sato, Amphoe Sadao
Songkhla 90240, Thailand
Application and other forms may be downloaded from the site http://ibc.ac.th/en/enrollment
The fee is 500 Thai Baht and should be paid when submitting the application form. Payment by postal order or bank draft (payable to International Buddhist College) is acceptable.
Applications are received all year round but the selection is made three times a year for entry at the first (July) or second (November) or the summer (April/May) semesters of each academic year. For those who intend to begin the program in the July, November or April/May semesters, the deadlines for receipt of the application are 30th June, 30th October or 10th April respectively.
Interview and Entrance Qualifying Examination
Applicants who have satisfied the basic requirements will be called for interview and may be requested to sit for entrance qualifying examination. The interview will be conducted in English or Chinese language by a minimum of three faculty members.
The selection process will be conducted three times a year for the intakes in the first, second and summer semesters of the academic year that begin in July, November and April/May respectively.