Accreditation and Licensing

The Institute of Buddhist Studies has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.

The Commission action letter and team report has been made public on the WSCUC directory: https://www.wscuc.org/institutions/institute-buddhist-studies


The Institute of Buddhist Studies is a private institution, approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Affairs.

Any questions a student may have regarding the Institute’s catalogue, that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589, or by fax (916) 263-1897.

BPPE Annual Report, 2016

Student Performance Fact Sheets


Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is committed to the highest standards of educational effectiveness in all of its academic programs. Measures of educational effectiveness include graduation rates, the length of time that students take to complete their degrees, and placement after graduation in positions appropriate to their vocational objectives.

For information on the Master of Arts degree program, please visit the GTU website.

Program-specific Student Performance Fact Sheets may be found here.

Visit this page for student profiles, demographics, and enrollment numbers.

Master of Buddhist Studies (M.B.S.)

The M.B.S. is a two-year degree program that provides a basic understanding of Buddhist Studies or religious studies for further graduate study or for general academic purposes. Some M.B.S. students attend school part-time; some students extend their studies by participating in an international exchange program; and, prior to 2015, some students extended their studies for further ministerial education. The table below shows the graduation rates for M.B.S. student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortGraduated within 4 Years
2010-1131 (33%)
2011-120n/a
2012-130n/a
2013-140n/a
2014-1511 (100%)

The table below shows the average time to degree for M.B.S. students who graduated in the five most recent calendar years.

Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesAverage Time to Degree
201523.5 years
201813 years

M.B.S. graduates in the five most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

 2014-152017-18
Ministry2 (100%)
Further study1 (100%)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The M.Div. is a three-year degree program that provides a foundation in religious studies and Buddhist studies for ministerial or chaplaincy professionalization or for general academic purposes. The program was significantly revised for the 2016-17 academic year, and only a small cohort of students has entered the program. The table below shows the graduation rates for M.Div. student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortGraduated within 4 Years
2010-110n/a
2011-120n/a
2012-130n/a
2013-140n/a
2014-1510

The table below shows the average time to degree for M.Div. students who graduated in the five most recent calendar years.

No M.Div. students have graduated in the past 5 calendar years.

M.Div. graduates in the five most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

No M.Div. students have graduated in the past 5 calendar years.

Certificate Programs

IBS certificate programs may be taken concurrently within a degree program to demonstrate specialization in the certificate’s field. The table below provides information on the number of graduates (inclusive of GTU MA students in the Buddhist Studies Concentration) who completed a concurrent certificate in the past five years.

Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesConcurrent Certificate
201443 (75%)
201541 (25%)
201654 (80%)
201754 (80%)
201810

IBS certificate programs may also be completed as stand-alone programs. Students in these programs are generally low-residence and part-time, taking as few as one course per term. The table below shows completion rates for certificate students who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortGraduated within 2 Years
2011-1230
2012-1311 (100%)
2013-1411 (100%)
2014-1521 (50%)
2015-1630