Current students can find valuable information on courses, registration, and institutional policies below.

Remember, contact your advisor if you have questions about what courses to take. If you are in a GTU program (GTU MA or the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy), your student record and registration will happen via the GTU student portal, Sonis. And please contact Helen Tagawa (, our Registrar and Director of Student Services for any specific questions about admissions, registration, or applying for scholarships.

And, as always, read the catalog! Most of your questions can be answered by reading the catalog.

Student Information Portals

Academic Calendar

Course listings

All courses offered throughout the GTU consortium, including IBS-offered courses, are are publicly listed via the GTU student information system. Please visit GTU Sonis and search for courses by semester and school to see IBS’s current listings.

Registration and program forms

IBS CatalogStudents are responsible for downloading and reading the institutional catalog and following all policies therein.Handbook
Dorm Residency ApplicationContact the Registrar or Dorm Manager for information on applying for residency at the IBS dorm. Dorm
Auditor Registration FormFor non-program students, please complete this form to audit a class.Registration
Certificate Completion FormSubmit this form to the Registrar when you are ready to complete your program.Checklist
Leave of Absence FormIf you need to take a semester off from your program, submit this form to the Registrar.Registration
MABS Program ChecklistUse this form to track completion of program requirements; submit it to the Registrar with you're ready to graduate.Checklist
MDIV Program ChecklistUse this form to track completion of program requirements; submit it to the Registrar with you're ready to graduate.Checklist
Petition for Part Time StatusFor MABS and MDIV program students only, complete this form if you intend to take less than 12 units per term.Registration
Petition for IncompleteUse this form to petition for an incomplete at the end of the semester.Registration
Special Reading Course Registration FormUse this form to sign up for a directed reading class.Registration
Thesis Proposal FormThis form must be filled out when you have formed a thesis committee and are ready to write your thesis.Program
Petition to Transfer CreditUse this form when transferring units from an outside school into your IBS program.Program
Petition for AdvancementUse this form if you're completing a certificate and want to advance into a degree program.Program
Student Travel Grant for Conference PresentationStudents presenting their work at conferences may be eligible for funding.Scholarship
Ryukoku Exchange Program Scholarship ApplicationStudents studying at Ryukoku may be eligible for funding.Scholarship
Contextual Education HandbookFor MDIV students, information about completing contextual education units, CPE units, processes and forms. (Coming soon.)Handbook
Thesis HandbookFor MABS and MDIV students, a handbook on how to complete your thesis on time. (Coming soon)Handbook
Cross Registration FormThis form is to be completed for IBS students when requesting a course for cross registration at a Graduate Theological Union member of affiliate school.Registration
AY21-22 Dorm Resident ContractThis contract is to be signed by all residents accepted into the dorm.Dorm
AY22-23 Scholarship ApplicationReturning students need to submit a new scholarship application every year by March 1Scholarship
Contextual Education Registration FormFor MDIV students who wish to register for either FR-2400 or FE-3400, fill out this form and return it to the Registrar during the regular registration period.Registration
List of pre-approved Contextual Education field sitesThis is an updated list of pre-approved field sites for MDIV students completing the contextual education requirement.Handbook
These forms are for students enrolled in IBS degree and certificate programs. Students enrolled in the GTU MA program should consult the GTU website and dean's office for the appropriate forms.