Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies Degree Required Courses (MA, 44 Credits)

Maitripa College faculty and staff are committed to periodic review and revision of this curriculum in light of new findings and methods in the fields of study, feedback from alumni and professionals, and faculty expertise. Maitripa College does not guarantee all courses will be offered as listed in the coming years. An individual student’s course of study will vary according to concentrations, language studies, pace of study, and elective options. For more information, please see your academic advisor or contact us at

On average, students who register for six credits or more a semester can complete the 44-credit Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies three years, if taken consecutively. Our students who register for between one and six credits per semester are permitted to complete the Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies within five years. The fastest the degree can be completed is in two years, comprised of ten credits per fall and springsemester and four to six credits for one summer; this workload, particularly balanced with other life commitments, is challenging for most students. Maitripa College will endeavor to support students pursuing an expedited timeline but does not guarantee courses offered according to curriculum design or credit hours in total can be offered within every two-year period. All students are strongly advised to work closely with their academic advisors to plan their progress to graduation based on the below curriculum requirements. Please refer to the Degree Audit in Populi and your Advisor for the most up to date versions of the below course groupings, or the set requisite for your cohort.