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

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester, September 4 through December 14, 2018

Fall 2018 certificate application deadlineAugust 6
Fall 2018 general registrationAugust 13-31
IBS new and returning student orientationAugust 22
GTU MA new student orientationAugust 23
UCB instruction beginsSeptember 3
IBS/GTU instruction beginsSeptember 4
Deadline to register, petition for part time or leave of absenceSeptember 14
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid fall 2018 registration)September 14
Thesis filing deadline (for fall 2018 graduation)October 1
Spring 2019 degree program application deadlineOctober 1
Graduate Student SymposiumOctober 5
Reading weekOctober 22-28
Spring 2019 scholarship applications dueNovember 1
IBS Annual Memorial ServiceNovember 1
Early registration for Spring 2019November 5-16
Annual meeting of the American Academy of ReligionNovember 16-20
Thanksgiving HolidayNovember 22-23
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueDecember 14
IBS winter holiday (administrative offices closed)December 25-January 1
Deadline to make up an incompleteJanuary 4
Spring 2019 certificate application deadlineJanuary 7

Spring Semester, February 4 through May 24, 2019

Spring 2019 early registration November 5-16
Spring 2019 certificate application deadlineJanuary 7
Shinran Shonin Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)January 16
Martin Luther King Day (administrative offices closed)January 21
UCB instruction beginsJanuary 22
Degree program application deadline for fall 2019February 1
IBS/GTU instruction beginsFebruary 4
Deadline to register, petition for par time or leave of absenceFebruary 15
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid spring registration)February 15
President's Day (administrative offices closed)February 18
BCA National Council MeetingMarch 7-10
Reading weekMarch 25-29
Thesis filing deadline (for spring graduation)April 1
Spring ColloquyApril 12
Early registration for fall semesterApril 8-19
GTU Commencement and GraduationMay 9
IBS Commencement and GraduationMay 24
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueMay 24
Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)May 27
International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies Biennial ConferenceMay 24-26
Deadline to make up an incompleteJune 4
Independence Day (administrative offices closed)July 4