Masters Programs in Buddhist Studies

Compare 2 Masters Programs in Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies

A master's degree is an advanced college degree, typically begun after earning a bachelor’s degree. A master's degree indicates a high level of professional scholarly work, and is typically completed in one to three years.

What is a Master in Buddhist Studies? Through a Master in Buddhist Studies, students will gain a high level of knowledge about the historic, social and cultural settings from which Buddhist texts and culture have emerged. Programs with a spiritual concentration teach students through mediation and ritual practices in courses like Introduction to Buddhist Meditation. Some interdisciplinary approaches combine Buddhist studies with South and Southeast Asian studies. Courses in these programs may include History of Buddhism in India and Tibet or Introduction to Classical Tibetan Language.

Graduates with a Master in Buddhist Studies will gain a well-rounded knowledge of the personal, social and academic applications of Buddhism, improving their ability to educate and interact with their communities. A master's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to a doctoral program.

The length of time needed to complete a Master in Buddhist Studies will depend on a student’s knowledge of language and religion. The program's duration greatly impacts cost. Contact universities and schools with programs that interest you for more specific information regarding costs.

A Master in Buddhist Studies will prepare students to become practitioners or translators, or to work with Buddhist communities, shaping the formation and understanding of Buddhism. Some of these positions are developed in support of Buddhist communities. Others are designed to help those outside the Buddhist community gain a better understanding of Buddhism, its history, and the people who practice it. Many people who choose to pursue a Master in Buddhist Studies will go on to a doctoral program. With a doctoral degree, people will be able to become scholars and teachers at the university level.

Programs can vary from one institution to the next depending on your chosen concentration of study. To find a Master in Buddhist Studies that suits your needs, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy

University of the West
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Rosemead + 1 more

The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. [+]

Masters in Buddhist Studies. The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. The program incorporates the requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) by offering 72 semester hours covering the nine core educational areas specified by the APC. These nine core areas are: Ritual/Liturgy Comparative Religions Religious Education Pastoral Care and Counseling Spiritual Formation Religious History Institutional Organization and Administration Sacred Literature Theology/Philosophy This program requires regular attendance on campus for classes, group processes, and other events. It is designed to serve local students and is not a low-residency or online program. Applicants should be prepared for long hours spent on campus and intense interaction with fellow students. Living near or on campus is highly recommended. Although this program can be completed on a part-time basis, full-time attendance is strongly recommended to facilitate the student’s required spiritual formation. Courses are designed to be taken in a prescribed sequence and not on an ad hoc basis. Full-time students are expected to take four classes, or 12 units, per semester to graduate in the specified three-year time period. Full-time students taking three classes, or 9 units, and part-time students should not expect to graduate in three years. Program Requirements Buddhist Chaplaincy students may apply no more than... [-]

Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)

Maitripa College
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Portland + 1 more

Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. [+]

Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. Scholastic and contemplative training forms a stable foundation for skillfully enacting culturally- relevant wisdom and compassion. Candidates are prepared for a life of service and leadership in the non-profit sector and traditional chaplaincy roles within Buddhist, interfaith, or secular institutions and communities. At the core of the degree curriculum are the three pillars of higher education at Maitripa – Scholarship, Meditation, and Community Service. The Master of Divinity degree is designed for students seeking a practical, in-depth, and critical understanding of Buddhist thought, with a strong emphasis on real-life application, both internally and in service to the community. The program couples meditative training and active service in community partnerships with a core philosophical curriculum designed to ground the student in Buddhist principles, logic, philosophical arguments, meditative techniques, and methodologies of the academic study of religion. The synthesis of this training and study informs personal and professional applications of Buddhist orientations to concepts of self and other, the wish to alleviate suffering, and interdependence at local and global levels. In addition, the MDiv degree attends to the personal, scholarly, and pastoral competencies required for chaplaincy by offering a breadth of learning opportunities in canonical language and literature, religious history,... [-]