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Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
, CA,
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. These nine core areas are:

  • Ritual and liturgy
  • Comparative religions
  • Religious education
  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Spiritual formation
  • Religious history
  • Institutional organization and administration
  • Sacred literature
  • Theology/philosophy

This program requires regular attendance on campus for classes, group processes, and other events. It is designed to serve local students and is not a low-residency or online program. Applicants should be prepared for long hours spent on campus and intense interaction with fellow students. Living near or on campus is highly recommended. Although this program can be completed on a part-time basis, full-time attendance is strongly recommended to facilitate the student’s required spiritual formation. Courses are designed to be taken in a prescribed sequence and not on an ad hoc basis. Full-time students are expected to take four classes, or 12 units, per semester to graduate in the specified three-year time period. Full-time students taking three classes, or 9 units, and part-time students should not expect to graduate in three years.

Programme Structure

For more information visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Complete the UWest online application.
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Statement of Purpose – Your statement of purpose should be 500-600 words (typed, double-spaced), describing your interest in a specific area of study at UWest and your goals beyond achieving an advanced degree. 
  • Official documents – All international students are required to submit copies of the following official documents:
    • Current passport
    • Current US visa (if applicable)
  • Documentation of Finances – All international student applicants are required to provide evidence of financial ability to pay for an academic year of tuition and living expenses (estimated at $26,000). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    589 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 589 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    589 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 589 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Rosemead

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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