Coming Fall 2017

Students may pursue a certificate program or a master’s degree program. The Won Buddhism Certificate (WBC) is an 18-credit program for students wishing to further their understanding of Won Buddhism in the context of other Buddhist and religious traditions. Students can tailor their course of study to satisfy their individual interests and development goals. Certificate students enroll in the Master’s degree program in Won Buddhist Studies and may choose at any time to apply their certificate courses toward the Master’s degree.

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Program Details

The Won Institute of Graduate Studies offers a Certificate in Won Buddhist Studies (WBC) through its Won Buddhist Studies program. The certificate requires 18 credits of academic studies in Won Buddhist and Buddhist doctrine and practice for individuals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Buddhism. This is an advanced course of study designed to:


  • Deepen acquaintance with Buddhist and Won Buddhist doctrine
  • Foster a personal contemplative practice
  • Create new, or broaden existing, career options
  • Enhance or develop new contemplative skills as part of the life-long process of learning.

The WBC program is a graduate-level program and a terminal course of study. However, since it is situated within the Masters in Won Buddhist Studies degree curriculum, the student may choose to continue studies to achieve the full master’s degree following certificate completion. Master’s degree students who wish to complete a Certificate during the course of their Master’s program should speak with the department chair to review all necessary requirements.

Successful completion of the WBC is contingent on the student’s:

  • Completion of all requirements
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 each term of enrollment
  • Oral presentation of the student’s WBS Certificate Portfolio

Each student in the WBS Certificate program will prepare a Portfolio of work done throughout the program including, for example, term papers, reflection papers, projects, and summaries of experiential learning activities. As a final step to completion of the program, each student will present the Portfolio contents to the WBS faculty, in the context of a summary presentation of learnings and experiences in the program.

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Please note that since this program does not begin until Fall 2017, there is missing information on the disclosure form.

 Employment Information

A graduate-level program, the WBS Certificate will contribute to the careers of professionals in many fields:

  • Professional development for teachers wishing to enhance their understanding of Buddhism
  • Interfaith research for clergy members wishing to broaden their perspective on religious groups in America
  • Religious Studies students who wish to deepen their direct acquaintance with eastern religions
  • Scholars pursuing research in Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism
  • Integrated health practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of meditation and mindfulness for use in their professional and personal lives
  • Religious workers, such as: assistants, group leaders

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Experienced Won Buddhist Faculty, Exceptional Education

Our Master of Won Buddhist Studies Degree program is instructed by Won Buddhist ministers and faculty with Buddhist backgrounds who all share the commitment of creating an environment or teaching dharma or a practice such as yoga or meditation.

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