In order to fulfill our commitment to Buddhist education, the Institute of Buddhist Studies offers online and hybrid courses as well as course offerings through affiliates outside Berkeley. Online courses are cosponsored through our affiliation with the Starr King School for the Ministry, and are hosted by the Graduate Theological Union’s Moodle learning management system. Some courses offered here in Berkeley have an online component open to students studying at a distance. Please contact our offices for more information.
Generally speaking, the IBS’s degree and certificate programs are residential in nature and will require at least some time spent in Berkeley. The GTU common-MA degree, for example, allows only five online courses to count toward meeting degree program requirements. Many courses required for certificate completion are not offered online. However, non-degree (special students) may enroll in online classes and benefit from the course offerings of the Institute. These credits may count toward certificate and degree programs.
Please consult with your advisor, your certificate program director, or contact our offices for details.