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BA(Hons) Buddhist Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

41920 CAD
41920 CAD

Application fee

International 90 CAD
National 90 CAD
Department for the Study of Religion
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1200
ACT (avg)26

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About this course

As an intellectual inquiry into an important dimension of human experience, the exploration of religion is intrinsically valuable. It constitutes a resource for reflection on meaning in life and for personal growth. It also contributes to preparing students for a wide range of careers, such as law, medicine, social work, teaching, politics from the local to the international level, and leadership in religious organizations. Religious studies is distinguished by the uniqueness of its subject matter and the diversity of its methods. Its subject matter is global: the scriptures, institutions, teachings, rituals, devotions, iconography, and moral injunctions of all the world’s religious traditions. And it addresses this subject matter with the full range of investigative tools made available by the various disciplines, especially modern historical and scientific human studies and modern philosophy. As such, religious studies is inherently both cross-cultural and interdisciplinary.

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Eligibility Criteria

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum Requirement iBT – total score of 100 + 22 on Writing PBT – total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE Discretionary Range* iBT – total score 89-99 + 19-21 on Writing PBT – total score 573-597 + 4.5 on TWE
The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Results are received electronically from IELTS. We do not accept paper results.

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Course Modules

Enrollment in this program requires the completion of 4.0 courses. 

(7 full courses or their equivalent)

1. RLG100Y1/RLG280Y1 in first or second year

2. No later than the third year of study: RLG200H1. RLG200H is a prerequisite for all 400 level courses


4. A total of EIGHT half-courses (or equivalent) chosen from the following list; at least six half-courses (or equivalent) must be RLG courses (EAS324H, EAS325H, and EAS361Y are counted as RLG courses here). Six half-courses (or equivalent) must be taken at the 300 level or higher, including at least two half-courses (or equivalent) at the 400 level. Second year courses: RLG205Y1, RLG207Y1, RLG236H1, RLG245Y1, RLG246H1, RLGB03H3F, RLGB07H3F, FAH260H1, EAS209Y1, EAS215H1, HIS280Y1, HIS281Y1, HIS282Y1, HIS283H1, NEW214Y1,NEW232Y1, PHL237H1. Third year courses: RLG316H1, RLG356H1, RLG361H1, RLG363H1, RLG366H1,RLG367H1, RLG368H1,RLG371H1, RLG372H1, RLG373H1, RLG375H1, RLG371H5, RLG373H5, RLG374H5, RLGC07H3S, FAH361H1, FAH362H1, FAH363H1 FAH364H1, FAH368H1, EAS324H1, EAS325H1, EAS338H1,EAS361Y1, EAS346H1, HIS380H1, NEW331H1, NEW332H1, NEW333H1, NEW339H1, PHL337H1. Fourth year courses: RLG462H1, RLG463H1, RLG464H1, RLG465H1, RLG466H1, RLG467H1, RLG468H1, RLG469H1, RLG470H1, RLG470H5, RLG473H1, RLG490Y1, FAH461H1, HIS409H1, HIS485H1, NEW433H1.

5. RLG4041H1 or RLG405H1 or RLG406H1, a capstone, integrative course. (Note: this does not fulfil the requirement of the 400 level FCE in #4 above.)

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How to Apply

  • Documents must be submitted electronically via Parchment/Naviance/OUAC whenever possible. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, your institution must send the documents to us directly in an envelope which has been signed and sealed by the issuing institution. Do not submit hard copies of any documents which you are sending electronically.
  • You may be given the opportunity to upload your documents directly, if they cannot be sent electronically. However, uploaded documents are considered unofficial, and we reserve the right to request official transcripts.
  • AP, SAT, ACT, IB, TOEFL, IELTS, and COPE/ELDA test scores must be sent electronically.
  • Submit documents such as reference letters and resumes only if requested. Unnecessary documents will NOT be added to your file; these will be discarded and will delay the processing of your application.

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