1949 — Buddhist Study Center established at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple

1966 — Buddhist Study Center registered with the State of California as the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Seminary and Graduate School

1985 — IBS affiliates with the Graduate Theological Union

2006 — IBS moves into the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley

2017 — IBS awarded candidacy by the Wester Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Educational Programs

3 Degree Programs

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Buddhist Studies
  • GTU Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies

5 Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy
  • Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies
  • Certificate in Buddhism and Contemporary Psychology
  • Certificate in Theravada Buddhist Studies
  • Certificate in Soto Zen Buddhist Studies


Program, Student StatusAY2016-17*AY2017-18*
Master of Divinity23
Master of Buddhist Studies33
GTU MA in Buddhist Studies119
Shin Buddhist Certificate911
Soto Zen Certificate (non-degree)01
Theravada Certificate (non-degree)00
Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate (non-degree)00
Buddhism & Psychology Certificate11
Exchange students in residence34
Special (non-degree) students11
Total Headcount3341

* Enrollment based on Fall term.

** FTE does not include exchange students, special students, or auditors.

Student Demographics

Historical averages for all students AY2013-14 through AY2017-18, self-reporting.