Master of Arts

In light of the current situation around the world, and in order to ensure the best possible conditions for students and staff to remain safe and healthy, RYI will offer all of its Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 classes online. RYI’s intention is to return to on-campus study when it is deemed safe to do so.

Once RYI starts classes on-campus, students who are enrolled in a degree program (or the TTP) will have to come to Nepal to complete their studies. There is currently no plan to offer full MA or BA programs online outside the current pandemic situation. 

Tuition payment for the fall 2021 semester is due one week before the semester begins which means you can withdraw anytime up to one week before starting classes. The application fee of $50 is non refundable. The fall 2021 semester for new students begins on Monday August 23, 2021, and for returning students on Thursday August 26, 2021.


RYI offers two MA programs in related fields: a Buddhist Studies MA and an MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology. Both MAs are two-year, four-semester programs that require 60 credits for graduation. The first three semesters of each MA are spent doing the relevant course work with the fourth semester dedicated to writing the dissertation. The MA in Buddhist Studies focuses on Buddhist philosophy and doctrine, historical and cultural contextualization, research methods, and developing students’ ability to do original research in the field.  The MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology focuses on translating Buddhist texts into English, largely from Tibetan (with a recognition of the Tibetan canon’s reliance on Sanskrit Buddhist texts). Course work focuses on translation, translation methods, philology, historical and cultural contextualization, and developing the student’s ability to produce a properly contextualized and annotated translation. 

Master of Arts (MA) in Buddhist Studies

The MA program is a 2-year (4 semester / 60 credit) program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research in primary source literature and languages. The program provides students with the methods and skills required for mature academic research, and develops their abilities to undertake independent research projects within the field of Buddhist Studies. Read more...

Master of Arts (MA) in Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology

The MA program is a 2-year (4 semester/60 credit) program that combines graduate-level philosophy and translation seminars in which students work with primary source literature and the languages of the Buddhist tradition. The aim of the program is to introduce students to the methods and skills involved in translation, textual interpretation, and philology and to develop their ability to undertake independent translation projects and translation research within the field of Buddhist Studies. During the first year of the program each student is assigned a Thesis Supervisor who works with the student to help select and define a thesis project, generally consisting of an annotated translation with introduction. Read more...

MA Preparatory Program

The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers an MA preparatory program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language to prepare students to join one of the Centre’s MA programs or a Buddhist Studies, Area Studies, Religious Studies or similar MA program at another university. Read more...