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Master of Buddhist Studies (MBS)

Program details

MBS Program at a glance

  • 2-year degree (48 units)
  • 3-year (72-units) for Ministerial aspirants
  • A thesis is required
  • A modern foreign language is required
  • Japanese is required for Ministerial aspirants
  • Application deadlines: February 1 and September 30

In addition to the MA (Buddhist Studies) degree, the Institute of Buddhist Studies offers a Master of Buddhist Studies (M.B.S.) degree. This degree is designed for those interested in a systematic education in Buddhist Studies for professional or personal purposes.

Students in the program are required to take of breadth of courses in Buddhist Studies, developing an understanding of the doctrinal, historical and cultural development of the 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.

The program is designed so that students can complete their studies in two to three years.

Click here for admissions and graduation requirements.