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Institute of Buddhist Studies Program Overview

An overview of all our degree and certificate programs

The Institute of Buddhist Studies offers a number of degree programs to serve a wide diversity of students.

Please note: For students entering in Fall 2012, all degree programs will have four required core courses:
  • Buddhist Traditions of South Asia (HRHS 1515, or HRHS 8151)
  • Buddhist Traditions of East Asia (HRHS 1518, or HRHS 8152)
  • Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought (HRPH 1614, or HR 8140)
  • Methods in the Study of Buddhism (HR 1630)
Different degree specializations (Shin Studies, Theravada Studies, Buddhist Chaplaincy) also have additional specific requirements specific to those programs. Check with your advisor if you have any questions about the requirements for your own program.

In addition to our formal degree programs, the Institute also offers a number of certificate programs. In some cases, these programs can be completed as part of a degree program or separately. Finally, the Institute offers a number of other programs and resources for those interested in deepening their knowledge of the Buddhist tradition.

Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies

Our fully accredited MA Degree program is offered jointly with the Graduate Theological Union. This program offers a comprehensive program of study and allows students to focus on the area of the Buddhist tradition that most suits their interests. Moreover, the GTU common-MA is provides an excellent foundation for further study at the doctoral level. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue a Ph.D. at the GTU or other institutions.

Special emphases in this program may lead students to careers in Shin Buddhist ministry or Buddhist chaplaincy.

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Master of Buddhist Studies (M.B.S.) Degree

For those students interested in a systematic education in Buddhist Studies for professional or personal purposes, our Master of Buddhist Studies (MBS) degree offers a breadth of courses that develop one’s understanding of the Buddhist tradition as a whole.

The course of study culminates in a thesis in which the student demonstrates his/her grasp of a specialized area of study within a broader context, either Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies or Buddhist Studies generally.

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

To meet the needs of those seeking professional certification either as a Buddhist minister or as a Buddhist chaplain, the Institute of Buddhist Studies offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. This is a three year, graduate level program of study designed to prepare students for professional service either to a sangha or in public institutions, such as hospitals and hospices, jails and prisons, military and university.

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