Certificate Programs

The Institute of Buddhist Studies offers the following certificate programs which may be completed concurrently within a degree program to focus one’s studies and certify competence in a particular field of study, or may be completed as stand-alone programs (i.e., not completed as part of a degree program).

Additionally, IBS offers an Online Certificate in Buddhist Studies as a stand-alone program or for students at the GTU and its member schools.

Students admitted to a degree program must petition for admittance into a concurrent certificate program. Please contact the Registrar for the applicable form.

For students who are not currently enrolled in a degree program, the admission requirements for all certificate programs is:

  1. a completed application
  2. transcripts of previous college work
  3. two letters of recommendations
  4. statement of intent
  5. $50 application fee

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Certificate ProgramsAt-a-Glance

Program NameDirectorNo. of required courses
Online Certificate in Buddhist StudiesScott Mitchell4
Certificate in Shin Buddhist StudiesDavid Matsumoto8
Certificate in Sōtō Zen StudiesDaijaku Kinst6
Certificate in Theravada Buddhist StudiesScott Mitchell (and Diana Clark)6
Certificate in Buddhist ChaplaincyDaijaku Kinst8
Certificate in Buddhism and Contemporary PsychologyRichard Payne6