graduatesThe Master of Divinity degree is designed as a three year professional program of study preparing students for Buddhist ministry or priesthood, or for Buddhist chaplaincy. Depending upon the student’s own goals, different programs of study will be pursued within the framework of this degree program.

Because the requirements for ordination differ from one lineage to another, students will need to consult with both representative(s) of their own chosen lineage, and their IBS advisor. The program for Buddhist chaplaincy has been designed to meet the areas of study identified by the Association of Professional Chaplains required for board certification as a professional chaplain. Click here for more details on our chaplaincy program.