Certificate in Buddhist Studies

The Certificate in Buddhist Studies introduces students both to the history of the Buddhist tradition as well as the academic field of Buddhist Studies. This program is intended for those seeking a systematic introduction to the Buddhist tradition, especially lay Buddhist leaders and ministers or priests seeking continuing education opportunities. Curriculum includes courses on Buddhist history, practice, ethics, and modern expressions. This low-residency program is designed to be completed in one year, either in residence or fully online.

The certificate is overseen by Scott Mitchell, Dean.

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Program requirements

Students must complete a total of four, 3-unit courses over the year-long program and an exit interview with the program director.

Required course:

  • Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Studies
  • Plus three electives chosen in consultation with program director