Nalanda University MBA, MA, M.Sc., Ph.D. Admissions 2023-24

Want to pursue a Master's degree or Doctoral Degree in a world-famous university in India? Nalanda University has released the admission notification for the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctoral courses for the academic session 2023-24. This article informs about eligibility criteria, fee structure, how to apply online for admission, important dates, etc.

About Nalanda University

To revive the ancient university of Nalanda, the present Nalanda University was set up in 2010 by an Act of the Indian Parliament. Being funded by the government of eighteen countries as Australia, China, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Myanmar, Portugal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Mauritius, Brunel Darussalam, Laos-PDR, and India itself; it is an international university. Nalanda University which is located in the city of Rajgir in the state of Bihar in India is an Institute of National Importance (INI) and Excellence.

Nalanda University has recently published an admission notice for the following courses in the academic session 2022-23.

Nalanda University MBA, MA, M.Sc., Ph.D. Admissions 2023-24
Image source: Times of India e-Newspaper dated 15.05.2023

Courses offered

Online applications are being asked by the university from the eligible and interested candidates to take admission to any of the below programs. Also, please be noted that students are not allowed to apply for more than two programs.

The list of courses offered by the university is as follows-
  • MBA in Sustainable Development and Management
  • 2-Years M.Sc in Ecology and Environment Studies
  • 2-Years MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions
  • 2-Years MA in Hindu Studies (Sanatana Dharma)
  • 2-Years MA in World Literature in English
  • 2-Years MA in Historical Studies
  • 4-Years Ph.D. in Ecology and Environment Studies
  • 4-Years Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions
  • 4-Years Ph.D. in Hindu Studies (Sanatana Dharma)
  • 4-Years Ph.D. in World Literature in English
  • 4-Years Ph.D. in Historical Studies

Eligibility requirement

For Master's programs

  1. Candidates should have a three years Bachelor's degree (10+2+3) from any stream such as Humanities or Sciences or Engineering
    or Management or Law or any other discipline from any recognized Indian University with at least 55% marks or a GPA of a minimum of 2.2 on a 4-point scale or equivalent grade if any.
  2. Applicants should submit a self-introduction or bio-note statement not exceeding 250 words.
  3. A Statement of purpose (SoP) containing "The reason for selecting study in Nalanda University" and "The reason behind choosing the course" within 100 and 300-500 words respectively should also be submitted by the candidates.
  4. Candidates from any non-English speaking medium or country should submit proof of English proficiency. A certificate or English language test scores of TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, STEP, and TOEIC are accepted. However, candidates who have completed a full-time degree-level course in English medium need not submit any certificate.

MBA in Sustainable Development and Management

Following points are also compulsory for admissions to the MBA course in addition to the above criteria:
  1. At least 70 percentile in CAT/ MAT/ XAT is needed for Indian candidates
  2. A GPA or credit score of a minimum of 3.0 on a 4-point scale at undergraduate level or relevant GMAT score is needed for international students
  3. At least 5 years of experience along with no objection certificate issued by the employer is needed for the working candidates interested for admission to MBA course or sponsored candidates or candidates on sabbatical or PSU/ GOI recommended applicants.

For Ph.D. programs

  1. Candidates should be a Master's degree holder with a minimum of 65% marks or equivalent GPA or M.Phil degree holder with 65% marks or equivalent GPA
  2. Candidates should submit a self-intro letter along with two recommendation or reference letters
  3. A Statement of Purpose (SoP) on the reason behind choosing the course and the university as well should be submitted
  4. Submission of a detailed research proposal should be submitted
  5. Minimum two to three writing samples or published papers as evidence of any research should also be submitted by the applicants
  6. Candidates from any non-English speaking medium or country should submit proof of English proficiency. A certificate or English language test scores of TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, STEP, and TOEIC are accepted. However, candidates who have completed a full-time degree-level course in English medium need not submit any certificate.
  7. In addition to the above points, the following criteria should be fulfilled by the working candidates:
    1. A minimum of 60% marks or equivalent GPA in M.Phil is needed
    2. Candidates should have at least 8-10 years of experience
    3. Applicants should apply through proper channel along with a NOC issued by the recent employer

Course fees

While Indian candidates should pay Rs. 1,17,000 and Rs. 1,05,000 in the first and second year respectively for the MBA course 2023-25 in Nalanda University, international students should pay US $ 1804 and US $ 1618 for both years respectively. For Master's programs in the academic year 2023-25, Indian applicants should pay Rs. 73,000 and rs. 61,000 in the first and second year respectively. However, international students will pay US $ 1,126 and US $ 940 respectively for both years. For the Doctoral program, students will deposit Rs. 97,000 and Rs. 85,000 in the first and second year respectively whereas for international applicants it is US $ 1,494 and US $ 1,308 respectively.

Candidates should pay all semester-wise fees along with residence and meal charges in advance. A demand draft of the required amount drawn in favor of "Nalanda University", payable at "Rajgir" should be sent to Nalanda University, Chabilapur Road, Rajgir, District Nalanda, Bihar - 803116, India through speed post. The name of the candidate along with the contact number should be written on the back side of the DD. A scanned copy of the same DD should also be sent to

Students may also pay the above fees through NEFT or RTGS. Details of the bank account can be collected from the official website of Nalanda University. Once the payment through NEFT or RTGS is successfully completed, transaction details should be mailed to the above e-mail id.

Online applications process

Candidates interested in registration of online applications for admission to Nalanda University should visit Write your name, email address, and country in the respective boxes and click on 'Next". A new window will open. Enter your first, middle, and surname in the respective fields matching the Class X/ XII/ School leaving certificate. Fill up the date of birth, contact numbers, address, city, state, country, etc. carefully. In case any field is not related to you, please write "N/A" in that field. Any incomplete application is not accepted. Check all the information furnished in the application form before submission of the application as no change or modification will be allowed once submitted. Your consent against the declaration is mandatory otherwise it will be treated as incomplete. Digital or scanned copies of all supporting documents in pdf format should be uploaded as asked for along with the Statement of purpose (SOP), self-introductory letter, and the documents as required based on the eligibility criteria. While the application form is complete in all respect, submit it.

Indian students should also mail the complete application form, SOP, all supporting documents, and the transaction details of the application fee of Rs. 500 through RTGS/ NEFT to

The same should also be forwarded to the Admissions Office at by the international candidates. However, the application fee will be US $ 8 instead.

The priority deadline for the application is 31st May 2023. However, the online portal will remain active for the registration of applications till 30th June 2023

Admission procedure

The selection of the candidates will be purely on merit. Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview which will be conducted in person or through video conference according to the schedule as intimated to the candidates. Finally, the selected candidates will be intimated through email.

Admission helpdesk

In case of any query, Indian and international candidates should write to and respectively.

Note: Both Indian and international readers of this article should visit and read all details available at the Nalanda University Admission page before submission of their online applications.

Readers of this page may also explore admission to MBA courses for working professionals too in Delhi.

Article by Chaitali Ray Chaudhuri (Datta)
Chaitali is a freelance writer from India, likes to share knowledge/information through her various articles to continue her writing passion and an editor of the most successful educational portal, shortly ISC.

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