Eligibility Requirements

Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies

Applicants must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12). Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have a BA degree from an English-medium university must have a TOEFL score of at least 550, a score of 80 on the iBT, or IELTS score of at least 6.0 and no score lower than 5.0 on any one band.

BA Program

BA students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12). Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have a BA degree from an English-medium university must have a TOEFL score of at least 550, a score of 80 on the iBT, or IELTS score of at least 6.0 and no score lower than 5.0 on any one band.

Non-Degree Program

Students not seeking a degree through the Centre for Buddhist Studies must also have good command of the English language, although the standards are slightly lower since non-degree students are not required to write papers or take exams. However, without competent English, students will not be able to understand the lectures and class discussions. The one exception is for Tibetan-speaking students who wish to take only courses taught by our lopons and khenpos. In this case, English language proficiency is not required.

MA Preparatory Program

Students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose BA degree was not granted from an English-medium program must have a TOEFL score of at least 600, a score of 100 on the iBT, or IELTS score of at least 7.0 and no score lower than 6.0 on any one band.

MA Program in Buddhist Studies

MA students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 on a four point scale. Prospective students must have at least six credits of either classical Tibetan or Sanskrit, and twelve credits of Religious Studies course work. If a student does not have the proper course prerequisites, a year of study as an MA preparatory student may be undertaken at CBS in order to acquire the prerequisites to enter the MA program.

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose BA degree was not granted from an English-medium program must have a TOEFL score of at least 600, a score of 100 on the iBT, or IELTS score of at least 7.0 and no score lower than 6.0 on any one band.

MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology

MA students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 on a four point scale. Prospective students must have at least eighteen credits of classical Tibetan, six credits of Sanskrit, six credits of colloquial Tibetan, and twelve credits of Buddhist Studies course work. An excellent level of proficiency in English writing and composition is also required for admission to this program.

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose BA degree was not granted from an English-medium program must have a TOEFL score of at least 600, a score of 100 on the iBT, or IELTS score of at least 7.0.

After initial evaluation of the application, applicants will be asked to submit a sample translation and may be asked to take a Sanskrit placement exam if their study of Sanskrit is not sufficiently recent.

Translator Training Program

Translator Training Program students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and have taken at least one year (two semesters, or the equivalent) of both classical Tibetan and colloquial Tibetan. Students will also be asked to take a written exam in classical Tibetan and both a written and oral exam in colloquial Tibetan. Since the program is taught in English and Tibetan and students will be translating into English, students must also speak university-level English so that they are able to understand lectures, participate in class discussions, and translate fluently into English.

Summer Program

Summer students must have a good command of English so that they are able to understand their classes and participate in discussions. Certain summer programs also require that students write papers of good academic quality.

The eligibility criteria vary for each of the different summer courses.

Study Abroad Students

Study abroad students should be currently enrolled in a BA or MA program at their home universities and should have completed at least their first year of studies. Students must also speak university-level English so that they are able to understand lectures, participate in class discussions, and write papers of good academic quality.

Study abroad students must have a higher secondary school transcript (through grade 12) and current university transcript.

Research Affiliation

Affiliated researchers must have at least an MA degree and must be researching a topic that fits with CBS's mission as an academic institution supporting study of and research in the Buddhist tradition, particularly the Indo-Tibetan Buddhism tradition.

PhD Program

Prospective PhD students should have an MA degree in a related field. Their proposed dissertation research should be consonant with the research goals of CBS.

Online Learning

Our online courses are designed for anyone to study at any time. In the self-study, self-study plus, and interactive formats, there are no academic requirements. Interested students must have a good command of the English language in order to understand the lectures or participate in class discussions.

Our for-credit courses require a higher secondary school (high school) diploma to register for credits through Kathmandu University. If one does not wish to join RYI's BA program, one can take the credits through RYI and submit them to an academic institution of one's choosing. Students must also speak, comprehend, and write in English at a university-level so they are able to understand lectures, participate in class discussions, and write papers of good academic quality.