Tuition & Fees

The Institute of Buddhist Studies sets its tuition and fees in accordance with the Graduate Theological Union. Please see the GTU website for the most up-to-date tuition and fee schedule.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notification.

Most students who apply receive scholarships reducing tuition costs by half. The application for scholarships is part of the admissions application. More information on scholarships can be found here.

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

Tuition or FeeAmount
Degree Program Application fee (non-refundable)$40
Certificate Program Application fee (non-refundable)$15
Please note: application fee is payable to GTU for MA degree and Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate, and to IBS for all other degree and certificate programs.
Tuition$800/semester unit
Fieldwork tuition$800/3 units, see catalog for details.
MA Continuing Fee$4775
Leave of Absence fee$100/semester
Late registration fee$100
Change in enrollment (after second week of semester, per change)$50
Please note: for example, dropping a class and adding another is considered 2 changes
Graduation fee$150
Payable to IBS or GTU, depending on program.

Please note: there will be an additional charge for binding a total of four copies of the thesis required for the MA (Buddhist Studies) degree program.
Certificate completion fee$50
Change of incomplete to letter grade$50
Transcript fee (per copy)$5
Reinstatement fee$200
Please note: only students who have withdrawn in accord with stated policies may be reinstated (see catalog for details)