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 3 through December 13, 2019

Fall 2019 certificate application deadlineAugust 19
Fall 2019 general registrationAugust 19-30
GTU MA new student orientationAugust 22
IBS new and returning student orientationAugust 28
UCB instruction beginsAugust 28
IBS/GTU instruction beginsSeptember 3
Deadline to register, petition for part time or leave of absenceSeptember 13
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid fall 2018 registration)September 13
Thesis filing deadline (for fall 2019 graduation)October 1
Graduate Student SymposiumOctober 17
Reading weekOctober 21-25
Spring 2020 degree program application deadlineNovember 1
Spring 2020 scholarship applications dueNovember 1
IBS Annual Memorial Service (tentative)November 14
Early registration for Spring 2020November 4-15
Annual meeting of the American Academy of ReligionNovember 22-26
Thanksgiving HolidayNovember 28-29
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueDecember 13
IBS winter holiday (administrative offices closed)December 25-January 1
Deadline to make up an incompleteJanuary 3
Spring 2020 certificate application deadlineJanuary 20

Spring Semester, February 3 through May 22, 2020

Spring 2020 early registration November 4-15
UCB instruction beginsJanuary 14
Shinran Shonin Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)January 16
Martin Luther King Day (administrative offices closed)January 20
Spring 2020 certificate application deadlineJanuary 20
IBS/GTU instruction beginsFebruary 3
Deadline to register, petition for par time or leave of absenceFebruary 14
Thesis defense deadline (to avoid spring registration)February 14
President's Day (administrative offices closed)February 17
BCA National Council MeetingFebruary 19-23
Degree program application deadline for fall 2020March 1
Reading weekMarch 23-27
Thesis filing deadline (for spring graduation)April 1
Spring Colloquy (tentative)April 3
Early registration for fall semesterApril 6-17
GTU Commencement and GraduationMay 7
IBS Commencement and GraduationMay 22
IBS/GTU semester ends; petition for incomplete dueMay 22
Memorial Day (administrative offices closed)May 25
Deadline to make up an incompleteJune 12
Independence Day (administrative offices closed)July 4