Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy

The certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy is available either to student in the GTU MA program or as a stand-alone certificate, supplementing significant previous academic and/or clinical studies. The certificate indicates that the student has completed a course of study focusing on the application of Buddhist thought and practice in pastoral care and chaplaincy.

The Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program is overseen by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Graduate Theological Union, and participants are advised by Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, Director, Buddhist Chaplaincy Degree Program. Students enrolled in the program as a stand-alone certificate are required to 1) consult with the program director at the start of their studies to design an appropriate plan for completing requirements, and 2) get approval for each class taken toward the certificate at the beginning of each semester.

Please contact the program coordinator for information on how to apply to the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy.

Program Requirements

Please note: requirements may be different for students enrolled concurrently in the common-MA program. Please consult with your advisors for specifics.

Required courses include:
  1. HR1515 Buddhist Traditions of South Asia
  2. HR1518 Buddhist Traditions of East Asia
  3. PSHR3076 Buddhist Pastoral Care I
  4. Any Pastoral Care course from another GTU school
  5. Four elective courses selected in consultation with the program director to meet individual students’ specific needs