Degree Programs

IMG_0271The Institute of Buddhist Studies offers three graduate degree programs:

Application deadlines for all three degree programs are:

  • March 1 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for spring semester admission

Students are encouraged to apply by the deadline to receive consideration for some institutional grants.

Questions about how to apply? Contact our admissions director Gesshin Greenwood at gesshin@shin-ibs.edu


Degree Programs At-a-Glance

 Master of DivinityMaster of Arts in Buddhist StudiesMaster of Arts (GTU)
Admissions Requirements
be sure to read the catalog for complete admissions and graduation requirements
- Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee

- GRE Scores, optional
- Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee

- GRE Scores, optional
- Prior coursework in Buddhist studies or language studies suggested
- BA with Coursework in Asian Religions, Buddhism, or World Religions
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Application Fee
- GRE Scores, required
Length of Program72 units or 3 years of full-time coursework48 units or 2 years of full-time coursework48 units or 2 years of full-time coursework
Program Distinction- Specialized tracks of study for Shin Buddhist ministerial education and Buddhist Chaplaincy
- Chaplaincy curriculum meets requirements for the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
- Focused study on the Buddhist tradition from multiple methodological perspectives
- Provides preparation for continued doctoral study in Buddhist Studies
- Buddhist studies within an explicitly inter-religious context
- Provides preparation for continued doctoral study
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