Each semester, IBS offers a number of online courses (listed as 8000-level courses). Online courses run the length of a regular IBS semester but are usually asynchronous, hosted via the GTU Moodle online education platform. Some faculty augment Moodle courses with video conferencing or other media.
Additionally, many courses are available as “hybrid” courses, wherein students may participate in a real-world class via video conferencing. Permission to join a class via video conferencing is always at the discretion of the instructor. Moreover, these courses meet in Berkeley (Pacific Time), usually once a week for three hours for the duration of a 15-week semester. Students are expected to attend all classes.
Students at a distance are expected to meet all course requirements which includes significant reading, research, and writing. Distance students should consult with their academic advisor, the Dean, or individual faculty about expectations and seek out a local research library for necessary academic support. Degree and certificate students can also obtain a GTU library card which will give them access to the GTU library’s online resources.
Degree programs have residency requirements or limits on the number of online courses that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. All students should expect to spend some time in Berkeley. The only fully online program IBS offers is the Certificate in Buddhist Studies.