DEPARTMENT OF BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY

Preparing You to Share Your Wisdom with the World

 

University of the West offers one of only four accredited Master of Divinity programs specifically for Buddhists in the United States.

The department offers two degrees, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Buddhist Chaplaincy and the Doctor of Buddhist Ministry (DBMin). The faculty, all of whom are engaged in the practice of Buddhist chaplaincy, specialize in preparing Buddhist practitioners for hands-on work in chaplaincy in interfaith settings, such as hospitals, hospices, police departments, prisons, and the military.

The department collaborates closely with the Business Administration, Psychology, and Religious Studies departments. Religious Studies courses make up approximately half the coursework for chaplaincy students.

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PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES

 

Spiritual formation in Buddhist Chaplaincy is seen as the development of ethics, contemplative practice, and wisdom. The department is ecumenical, welcoming Buddhists from every branch of Buddhism as well as religious others. (Not all students identify as Buddhist or solely Buddhist)

Students are encouraged to engage in spiritual reflection and formation from within their own faith tradition and to share those reflections with their classmates. In addition, students learn about other faiths, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, to be of service to a wide variety of people in need.

The department upholds the standards of professional chaplaincy set forth by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Students are encouraged to complete Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or other clinical practicum experiences appropriate to their future work setting. These professional standards and trainings ensure that students gain hands-on experience in spiritual care and are ready to enter the world as professional Buddhist chaplains upon graduation.

Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy

 

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.

Doctor of Buddhist Ministry

 

The Doctor of Buddhist Ministry is an advanced professional degree culminating in a dissertation project. This selective program enhances the practice of ministry for religious leaders who already hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree by cultivating their understanding and application of:

a. the nature and purpose of ministry,
b. competencies in pastoral analysis and ministerial skills,
c. reflective capacities,
d. spiritual maturity, and
e. a well-developed personal and professional ethic.

The program applies a Buddhist perspective to ministerial issues facing practitioners in the contemporary world. Students gain a deeper understanding and commitment to the dharma (Buddhist teaching), while refining their ministerial application. Students develop research, writing, and communication skills to the level necessary to participate in professional academic discourse and practice-oriented domains of religion and service.

A Doctor of Buddhist Ministry degree is awarded on the basis of evidence that the candidate possesses knowledge of a broad field of applied learning and mastery of a particular area of concentration within it.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

 

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid.

 

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.

DEPARTMENT OF BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY

Preparing You to Share Your Wisdom with the World

 

University of the West offers one of only four accredited Master of Divinity programs specifically for Buddhists in the United States.

The department offers two degrees, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Buddhist Chaplaincy and the Doctor of Buddhist Ministry (DBMin). The faculty, all of whom are engaged in the practice of Buddhist chaplaincy, specialize in preparing Buddhist practitioners for hands-on work in chaplaincy in interfaith settings, such as hospitals, hospices, police departments, prisons, and the military.

The department collaborates closely with the Business Administration, Psychology, and Religious Studies departments. Religious Studies courses make up approximately half the coursework for chaplaincy students.

LEARN MORE

Fill out the simple form below to speak with an Admissions Counselor today!

CALL US

(855) 468-9378

PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES

 

Spiritual formation in Buddhist Chaplaincy is seen as the development of ethics, contemplative practice, and wisdom. The department is ecumenical, welcoming Buddhists from every branch of Buddhism as well as religious others. (Not all students identify as Buddhist or solely Buddhist)

Students are encouraged to engage in spiritual reflection and formation from within their own faith tradition and to share those reflections with their classmates. In addition, students learn about other faiths, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, to be of service to a wide variety of people in need.

The department upholds the standards of professional chaplaincy set forth by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Students are encouraged to complete Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or other clinical practicum experiences appropriate to their future work setting. These professional standards and trainings ensure that students gain hands-on experience in spiritual care and are ready to enter the world as professional Buddhist chaplains upon graduation.

Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy

 

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.

Doctor of Buddhist Ministry

 

The Doctor of Buddhist Ministry is an advanced professional degree culminating in a dissertation project. This selective program enhances the practice of ministry for religious leaders who already hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree by cultivating their understanding and application of:

a. the nature and purpose of ministry,
b. competencies in pastoral analysis and ministerial skills,
c. reflective capacities,
d. spiritual maturity, and
e. a well-developed personal and professional ethic.

The program applies a Buddhist perspective to ministerial issues facing practitioners in the contemporary world. Students gain a deeper understanding and commitment to the dharma (Buddhist teaching), while refining their ministerial application. Students develop research, writing, and communication skills to the level necessary to participate in professional academic discourse and practice-oriented domains of religion and service.

A Doctor of Buddhist Ministry degree is awarded on the basis of evidence that the candidate possesses knowledge of a broad field of applied learning and mastery of a particular area of concentration within it.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

 

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid.

 

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.