Academic Calendar

The Institute of Buddhist Studies follows the academic calendar of the Graduate Theological Union. All registration dates and deadlines are set by the GTU consortial registrar. Please consult the GTU website for a complete extended calendar of dates or deadlines if you have any questions.

For more details about our course offerings, please review the extended course listings here.

For more information about our upcoming public events, view the event listings here.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester, September 8 through December 18, 2020

Fall 2020 certificate application deadlineAugust 21
Fall 2020 general registrationAugust 24-September 4
GTU MA new student orientationTBD, week of August 31
IBS new and returning student orientationTBD, week of August 31
UCB instruction beginsAugust 19
IBS/GTU instruction beginsSeptember 8
Deadline to register, petition for part time or leave of absenceSeptember 18
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid fall 2020 registration)September 18
Thesis filing deadline (for fall 2020 graduation)October 1
Numata Lecture (tentative)October 9
Reading weekOctober 26-30
Spring 2021 degree program application deadlineNovember 2
Spring 2021 scholarship applications dueNovember 2
IBS Annual Memorial Service (tentative)November 12
Early registration for Spring 2021November 2-20
Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (tentative)November 21-24
Thanksgiving HolidayNovember 26-27
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueDecember 18
IBS winter holiday (administrative offices closed)December 21-January 1
Deadline to make up an incompleteJanuary 8
Spring 2021 certificate application deadlineJanuary 14

Spring Semester, February 1 through May 21, 2021

Spring 2021 early registration November 9-20
UCB instruction beginsJanuary 12
Shinran Shonin Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)January 15 (observed)
Martin Luther King Day (administrative offices closed)January 18
Spring 2021 certificate application deadlineJanuary 14
IBS/GTU instruction beginsFebruary 1
Deadline to register, petition for par time or leave of absenceFebruary 12
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid spring registration)February 12
President's Day (administrative offices closed)February 15
BCA National Council MeetingTBD
Degree program application deadline for fall 2020March 1
Reading weekMarch 22-26
Thesis filing deadline (for spring graduation)April 1
Spring Colloquy (tentative)April 9
Early registration for fall semesterApril 5-16
GTU Commencement and GraduationMay 13
IBS Commencement and GraduationMay 21
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueMay 21
Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)May 31
Deadline to make up an incompleteJune 11
Independence Day (administrative offices closed)July 4