A Master of Arts with specialization in Buddhist Studies is offered by the Graduate Theological Union jointly with the Institute of Buddhist Studies, an affiliate of the GTU. Students in the program are required to take a breadth of courses in Buddhist Studies, while also gaining an exposure to other religious traditions and a variety of approaches to the study of religion. The course of study culminates in a thesis in which the student demonstrates her/his grasp of a specialized area of study within a broader context, either contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies or Buddhist Studies generally.
The Graduate Theological Union is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the
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