MP Online


The Masters Program Online (MPOL) offers the opportunity to study the MP to those who are unable to join the residential program.



The MPOL makes use of the latest online educational tools available, in an e-learning environment. In addition to the written course materials and texts, students will have access to audio recordings of the teachings, review classes in audio or video format, supervised forums, online quizzes and exams, and other tools to facilitate their learning.


The on-line program runs parallel to the residential program and is offered in both English and Italian. Online students are supported in their studies by a qualified tutor.

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In each calendar year, Masters Program classes are suspended two months for summer vacation (from the end of June until the beginning of September) and one month at Christmas (from mid-December until mid-January), with a study-break of one week immediately following the Easter weekend. A two-week lam rim retreat will be scheduled each year from mid-January to the beginning of February. In addition, classes stop for a few days around the Tibetan new year (Losar), which falls in February or March. Resident students are welcome to remain at the Institute during these breaks, whereas the student housing rates do not apply during the summer months.

Teachings with the principal teacher will be held five days a week, from Monday to Friday. An average study time is 8-12 hours a week. The study time can vary depending on how much time a student would like to dedicate to his or her MP studies.

Lay people

Ordained sangha

Monks and nuns are offered the Online Program free of charge as long as they participate fully in all aspects of the program, such as forums and quizzes, and write all exams.

While classes officially take place nine months a year, costs for the Online Program have been calculated taking into account the breaks for the Tibetan New Year (Losar), Easter, and Christmas, as well as the annual two-week retreats that take place during the residential Masters Program. The monthly tuition fee covers the cost of the services and support provided by the Online Program. Home study students are welcome to join the Online Program either for the entire period of six years or for one or more of the individual subjects. Applications can be submitted up to one month prior to the beginning of each new subject.


For the subject Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra. 
Please submit your application by January 15, 2020.

Application for enrolment for this subject must include the following:

  • Application Form: fill in and submit the form below
  • Resume (CV) of education and work experience
  • Brief summary of your Dharma experience
  • Motivation letter

Please fill in and submit the application form, including a picture of yours, and send at the same time the requested documents attached by email to:

If you are accepted into the program, we will contact you via e-mail and send you information about the payment and your enrolment.

Click here to apply

The FPMT issues two types of certificates in relation to the online Masters Program:

  • a Subject Completion Card that indicates that a student has fulfilled all the requirements in relation to an individual subject
  • Masters Program Completion Certificate that indicates that a student has successfully completed all five subjects, the review and final exam, and a one-month lamrim retreat

Criteria for certification include evaluation of fulfilment of students’ academic and meditation requirements, appropriate ethical conduct and the practice of awareness of our mental states.

Students who receive the Masters Program Completion Certificate are eligible for FPMT teacher registration and can apply to become Foundational level teachers in FPMT centers. Several additional options to offer service and help provide the FPMT education programs are also open to Masters Program graduates.

Applications for admission to the Masters Program On-line can be submitted up to one month prior to the beginning of each new subject.

For more information about the Masters Program, please contact:
office telephone: (+39) 050-685009, ext. 1