Mahamakut Buddhist University

MAHAMAKUT BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY (MBU) was founded on 1 October 1893/ 2436 by King Rama V or King Chulalongkorn as in remembrance of his late father King Rama IV or King Mongkut. The university aims to become the educational institution for studying the Buddha’s teachings and the Pali language for Buddhist monks and novices.

Later on 30 December 1945 / 2488, an another education institution was set up in an  affiliate with the university. This education institution is known in the name of the education council of Mahamakut Buddhist University which is well known as the first Buddhist University in Thailand..


An educational institution producing graduates fully-equipped with good knowledge and behaviour,who earn their living according to holy abiding; a source of Buddhist knowledge and scholars capable to guide the society and end all debates on Buddhism academically; and an institution acclaimed for its good governance meeting the global standards.

Main Objectives

  • To produce graduates qualified in both knowledge and conduct.
  • To craft the Thai society to be a well-protected and  knowledge-based society, as well as    a society of harmony and compassion, and
  • To administer the organization to the global standards.

Undergraduate Prospectus (B.A.)
MBU offers  a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in 4 different faculties:

  • Faculty of Religion and Philosophy
    a.Department of Buddhist Studies
    b.Department of Philosophy
    c.Department of Comparative Religion
    d.Department of Religion and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Humanities
    a.Department of English
    b.Department of Pali and Sanskrit
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    a.Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    b.Department of Public Administration (The Faculty also conducts a twilight session.)
  • Faculty of Education
    a.Department of Teaching English
    b.Department of Teaching Thai
    c.Department of Educational Administration
    d.Department of Primary School
    e.Department of Non-Formal Education
    f.Department of Counselling and Guidance (The Faculty also runs the  Teachers’ Training program.)

Postgraduate Prospectus (M.A.)
MBU offers a Master of Arts  degree (M.A.) in 4 different departments:

  • Department of Buddhist Studies
  • Department of Buddhism and Philosophy
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Sociology

The Ph.D. program of Buddhist Studies is also provided as from the first semester of the academic year 2005.

MBU Thailand

MBU Thailand


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