Degree Requirements

Please note that many students complete the program in four rather than three years. For a complete four-year plan, please see your academic advisor.  Some courses are only offered alternate years; please consult your academic advisor. 

First year, fall


First year, spring


First year, summer (optional)

Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option only: **

SUBTOTAL 6 (Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option only - uses 6 elective credits)

Second year, fall


Second year, spring


Second year, summer


Third year, fall

                 Religious Studies or Graduate Collective elective (6)**** 
             (Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option students (0)**

SUBTOTAL 11 (Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option students can qualify for graduation this semester with the successful completion of REL880 Comprehensive Exam and  REL885 Master's Project ) 

Third year, spring

                  Religious Studies or Graduate Collective Elective (6)**** 
              (Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option students (0)**

SUBTOTAL 6 (0 credits for Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option students)

Total Credits: 72

* It is highly recommended that students complete the noncredit monthlong dathün requirement (REL650) by the winter break between the fall and spring semesters of their first year or, at the latest, during the summer following their first year. Students choosing the Nitatha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option are only required to complete two weeks of the noncredit dathün requirement.

** Students choosing the Nitartha Institute Shedra-Gomdra Option should complete the requirement of attending a monthlong Nitartha Institute program in the summer following their first year. This is integral to the sequence of the curriculum. This replaces 6 credits of electives. 

*** Internship is an opportunity for students to apply, integrate, and reconsider specific practices of ministry or spiritual leadership in a “real-life” setting. This contextual learning requirement is met by REL747 Master of Divinity Clinical Pastoral Education (6.0 credits). 

**** Students can take up to 6 of their elective credits in courses from other programs in The Graduate Collective that are designated as open to students outside their programs, with permission of the faculty member.

Religious Studies Electives

General Electives

Buddhism Electives

Contemplative Practice Electives

* These courses must be taken in sequence. The prerequisites for REL609W are Meditation Practicum I and II, as well as a Buddhist monthlong meditation intensive, two weeks of which must be completed before the class begins.