The First Step
IBS offers a variety of degree and certificate programs in Buddhist chaplaincy, ministry, and academic Buddhist studies that focus on Pure Land, Zen, Theravada and more.
Studying Buddhism at IBS means joining a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to excellent Buddhist education and research. Come see what Buddhist Studies in Berkeley can mean for you.
Not sure which program is right for you? Wondering about housing options, tuition information, or scholarships? Review these frequently asked questions.
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Why Study at IBS?
Education – Research – Community
Studying Buddhism at IBS means joining a close-knit, inclusive community. And through our partnership with the Graduate Theological Union, students can study Buddhism in an enriching multi-religious context with access to some of the best reasearch and library resources in the world, including the University of California, Berkeley.
IBS offers two degree programs, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Buddhist Studies. We also participate in GTU’s inter-religious Master of Arts with a concentration in Buddhist Studies. Additionally, we offer six certificate programs which can be completed as part of a degree or independently.
Explore all our program offerings here and take your next step on the path of Buddhist education!
Studying at IBS
Master of Divinity
Providing a foundation for effective Buddhist chaplaincy and ministerial careersRead More
Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies
In-depth study on the history, texts, and practices of the Buddhist traditionRead More
Focused programs for degree students and continuing education opportunitiesRead More