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The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies has an affiliation program with the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), a Buddhist seminary and graduate school in Berkeley, CA. IBS offers a Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, and a Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy. More information is available at

In-person students enrolled in the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program (BCT) can receive 3 units of academic credit from IBS as a Special Student. If the student chooses to enroll at IBS in the future, these credits may be applied towards a graduate degree. Details are below.

Full attendance for the 11 months is required. A pass/fail grade is given upon completion. Academic credit students must participate in all 11 months of the BCT course, not a single semester. No partial credit is awarded.


A. Current IBS students must:

  • – Contact the IBS Field Education Director, Dr. Lilu Chen at
    – Apply directly to Sati Center for acceptance into the BCT. The faculty will review IBS student applications as for any other applicant. Thus, being an IBS student does not guarantee admission to the BCT.
    – Pay the BCT application and tuition fees directly to the Sati Center.
    – Follow IBS procedures for registration and pay any relevant tuition or processing fees to IBS. See the IBS academic catalog and contact the Field Education Director for more information.

B. BCT students not currently enrolled at IBS must:

  • – Apply to IBS as a Special Student by the spring application deadline (late December). Being a Sati Center BCT student does not guarantee admission to IBS.
  • – Pay the processing fee to IBS for the awarding of academic credit. See the IBS website ( for more information.
  • – Contact the IBS Field Education Director, Dr. Lilu Chen at

C. Degree Program students from any other graduate level school/education institution should contact their institution.*

* The Sati Center is very interested in creating and strengthening ties with schools, educational institutions, and local organizations. Inquiries are welcome.

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