Degree Programs

IMG_0271The Institute of Buddhist Studies offers three graduate degree programs:

Application deadlines for all three degree programs are:

  • March 1 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for spring semester admission

Students are encouraged to apply by the deadline to receive consideration for some institutional grants.


Degree Programs At-a-Glance

 Master of DivinityMaster of Buddhist StudiesMaster of Arts (GTU)
Admissions Requirements
be sure to read the catalog for complete admissions and graduation requirements
- Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee

- GRE Scores, optional
- Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee

- GRE Scores, optional
- Prior coursework in Buddhist studies or language studies suggested
- BA with Coursework in Asian Religions, Buddhism, or World Religions
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee
- GRE Scores, required
Length of Program72 units or 3 years of full-time coursework48 units or 2 years of full-time coursework48 units or 2 years of full-time coursework
Program Distinction- Specialized tracks of study for Shin Buddhist ministerial education and Buddhist Chaplaincy
- Chaplaincy curriculum meets requirements for the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
- Focused study on the Buddhist tradition from multiple methodological perspectives
- Provides preparation for continued doctoral study in Buddhist Studies
- Buddhist studies within an explicitly inter-religious context
- Provides preparation for continued doctoral study
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