1-year Professional Post-Graduate Diploma

Build the skills to empower your passion

This one-year Advanced Diploma program is designed to empower you with the skills most important to the new knowledge economy: writing, research, and critical thinking. You'll be challenged to push yourself in a rigorous and supportive environment, and you'll leave with a new capacity to make change in the world.

Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree at the program start. We are committed to building a dynamic and diverse group, and we encourage people of all backgrounds, ages, nationalities, and identities to apply.


Program Principles

  • Liberal arts teaching philosophy
    Discussion-based classes, tightly integrated with project-based exploration of practical skills

  • World class, student-focused learning
    Internationally accomplished faculty committed to engaged mentorship and closely-supervised independent projects

  • Supportive infrastructure
    Saturday classes designed for working people; two peaceful study environments, including a retreat campus just outside Kathmandu on a rural hillside; modern learning tools for communication and collaboration.

  • No barriers to talent
    Need-based financial aid for qualified students


Course Structure

Semester 1 (12 credits): January – May

  • Discussion-based courses
    • History of Social Thought (3 credits)
    • Contemporary Social Writing (3 credits)
  • Project-based courses
    • Critical Applications and Methods (3 credits)
    • Research Project Design (3 credits)

Semester 2 (12 credits): August – December

  • Contemporary Social Theory (3 credits)
  • Advanced Writing Workshop (3 credits)
  • Field Methods (3 credits)
  • Supervised Capstone Project (3 credits)


Admissions Process

Applications are now open. To begin the admissions process, please submit your name, contact information, CV, and short statement of purpose at the form found here: https://theopen.institute/events/writing-and-research-2020-spring

We are committed to maintaining the best student-to-teacher ratio of any similar program in Nepal. Consequently, we expect the application process to be very competitive. For best chance of admission, please apply early.

Course fees: 200,000 NPR per semester
We have an extensive need-based financial aid program available. Cost will not be a barrier to admitted students.

(Please note that the above-listed fee is fully inclusive, including all taxes, course materials, library fees, meals each Saturday, and all expenses on group field trips.)