Nalanda University Admission 2024: Check courses, eligibility and campus facilities

Nalanda University campus.
Nalanda University campus. Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express.
Nalanda University campus.
Nalanda University campus. Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express.

June 21, 2024, Nalanda University: With the recent inauguration of its new campus, Nalanda University has started inviting applications for admission to its various courses. The university offers postgraduate, doctoral, and certificate courses, alongside scholarships for international students, cutting across several disciplines. 

Located in the town of Rajgir in the northern province of Bihar in India, Nalanda University is a postgraduate, research-intensive international university. The new campus spans 100 acres and combines eco-friendly architecture, thus achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. The new campus also features two academic blocks with 40 classrooms, two administrative blocks and two auditoriums seating over 300 hostels for 550 students and 197 academic housing units. 

Nalanda University Admission: Schools of Studies

The university currently operates six schools. These are – 

  • School of Ecology and Environment Studies 
  • School of Historical Studies 
  • School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions 
  • School of Languages & Literature/ Humanities 
  • School of International Relations and Peace Studies 
  • School of Management Studies 
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The university also includes four specialized centers: Bay of Bengal Studies, Indo-Persian Studies, Conflict Resolution, and a Common Archival Resource Center. 

Nalanda University Admission: Courses Offered

Nalanda University is a postgraduate research university that offers various academic programs such as postgraduate, doctoral, diploma, and certificate courses across various disciplines. 

Master’s program: 

  • MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions 
  • MA in Hindu Studies (Sanatana) 
  • MA in Historical Studies 
  • MA in World Literature 
  • MA in International Relations and Peace Studies 
  • MA in Archaeology 
  • MSc in Ecology and Environment Studies 
  • MBA in Sustainable Development & Management 


PhD program: 

  • PhD in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions 
  • PhD in Ecology and Environment Studies 
  • PhD in Historical Studies 
  • PhD in World Literature 
  • PhD in Sustainable Development and Management 
  • PhD in Hindu Studies (Sanātana) 
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Diploma and Certificate courses: 

The university offers Diploma and Certificate courses in Sanskrit, English, Korean, Yoga, Pali, and Tibetan. 


Nalanda University Admission: Eligibility Criteria

Master’s program: Candidates need to have a minimum of three years Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3) in the relevant language or any subject with at least 55% aggregate marks or 2.2/4.0 GPA or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) in Undergraduate degree. 

For MBA in Sustainable Development and Management, in addition to the above criteria, a minimum score of 70 percentile in CAT or XAT or MAT is required for Indian students. For international students, a minimum credit score/GPA at Undergraduate level to be 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent GPA or relevant GMAT score is required. 

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PhD program: Candidates must have at least 65% aggregate in a relevant stream or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), preferably with dissertation at Masters’ level or M.Phil. degree with 65% marks or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA).

Postgraduate Diploma: For PG Diploma, candidates should possess a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree in the relevant subject. 

For further information regarding Nalanda University admission and eligibility criteria, you can check out their official website here –  


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