Certificate of Buddhist Studies

Note: This Degree does not, nor is it intended to mean that the holder is qualified to apply for the job of a Religious Chaplain. ​If Chaplaincy is your goal, see our Chaplaincy Endorsement page.

Certificate of Buddhist Studies

The Certificate of Buddhist Studies is open to anyone, usually with a wish to bring happiness and peace to themselves as well as to all sentient beings. Buddha Dharma University focuses on continually forging opportunities to experience a contemporary, in-depth and non-sectarian study of Buddhism, whilst also promoting the knowledge and understanding of the various word traditions, schools and cultures of Buddhism. Programs are therefore taught and mentored by scholars and masters from a variety of traditions, thus taking advantage of America’s unique diversity of Buddhist practice and presentation. Buddha Dharma University provides the opportunity to experience a profound, meaningful and rewarding path to Buddhist scholarship and awakening to your original nature.


Attendance Number of Years Quarters / Year Classes / Quarter Units / Class Certificate Total Units Total Classes Total Cost
Buddhist Studies
Full Time 3.0 4 3 3 Certificate of Buddhist Studies 93 33 $1,650.00

This Certificate of Buddhist Studies does not include the final thesis.  That is reserved for the Masters in Divinity.