Course Format
Advanced Diploma (4 months to 1 year)

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.

There are no formal requirements for admission to this program, though we expect that most successful applicants will have either a bachelor's or a master's degree at the program's 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): September – December

  • Discussion-based courses
    • History of Social Thought (3 credits)
    • Academic and Professional Writing (3 credits)
  • Project-based courses
    • Contemporary Research Methods (3 credits)
    • Applied Skills in Critical Analysis (3 credits)

Optional Semester 2 (12 credits): January – May

  • Advanced Research Methodology (3 credits)
    choice of qualitative or quantitative methods
  • Supervised Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • Small group electives (3 x 2 credits)
    choice of many options, including Gender, Health, Disability, Peace and Conflict, M&E Frameworks, etc.


Admissions Process

The application for this program will be available on June 1st. It will include a CV, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, optional letters of recommendation, and a short entrance exam. We will be posting more details in the coming weeks. We are committed to maintaining the best student-to-teacher ratio of any similar program in Nepal, and consequently we expect the application process to be very competitive.

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

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