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Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704

United States

Telephone: 510-809-1444


Staff Liaison:Each institution is assigned a staff liaison who is their primary point of contact for accreditation activities. Susan Opp

Student Achievement URL:WSCUC Standards require that institutions regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention, and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

Current Accreditation Status:Accredited - Reflects the Commission's finding that the institution is in compliance with the Standards. Accredited

Most Recent Commission Action: February 14, 2020

Granted Candidacy:Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process. 2017

First Accredited:Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC. 2019

Undergraduate FTE: 0

Graduate FTE: 21

Financial Structure Type:Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported. Non-Profit

Sponsorship:Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy. Other

Academic Calendar:The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system. Semester

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: No

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Accreditation Liaison OfficerScott MitchellDean of Students and Faculty
Board of Directors ChairLeroy MorishitaBoard
Chief Academic OfficerScott MitchellDean of Students and Faculty
Chief Executive OfficerDavid MatsumotoPresident and
Chief Financial OfficerRiver CullenDirector of
Director Institutional ResearchScott MitchellDean of Students and Faculty
OPEIDNameCityLocation TypeStatus
00000000JSCBerkeleyMain CampusActive
DegreeDegree LevelYear ImplementedModality
Certificate in Buddhism and Contemporary PsychologyNon-degree2013On-Site
Certificate in Buddhist ChaplaincyNon-degree2013On-Site
Certificate in Buddhist StudiesNon-degree2019Distance Education
Certificate in Shin Buddhist StudiesNon-degree2013On-Site
Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies (Online)Non-degree2020Distance Education
Certificate in Sōtō Zen Buddhist StudiesNon-degree2015On-Site
Certificate in Sōtō Zen Buddhist Studies (Online)Non-degree2020Distance Education
Certificate in Theravada Buddhist StudiesNon-degree2015On-Site
Master of ArtsMasters1986On-Site
Master of Arts in Buddhist StudiesMasters1996On-Site
Master of DivinityMasters2012On-Site
SeasonYearReview Type
Spring2025Offsite Review
Fall2025Accreditation Visit