Buddhist Chaplaincy Program - Admission Requirements
Application Deadline: March 15 (for fall admission)
- A B.A. in any major from an accredited college of university with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- An official transcript from the institutions/universities where highest degree awarded or last attended.
- Copy of diplomas for all degrees earned.
- Verification of English proficiency (for International Students or non-native English-speaking students).
- Official TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 79 on Internet Based Test (IBT), 213 on the Computer Based Test (CBT) or 550 on the Paper Based Test (PBT). This is applicable only to international students who were educated at institutions where English was not the main language of instruction.
- or; official IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.0. This is applicable only to international students who were educated at institutions where English was not the main language of instruction.
- Applicants who are not international students and whose native language is not English are required to take an English Placement Test administered by the ESL / Academic English Program.
- Based on their score on the English Placement Test, students may either enter their degree program directly or be required to further improve their English skills by enrolling in Academic English courses, such as ENGL 100A, English 100B, or other suitable courses. These students usually may concurrently enroll in two courses in their major according to departmental advisement.
- Students with three or more years of successful participation in a college or university academic program where English was the main language of instruction are not required to submit a TOEFL score, IELTS score or take the English Placement Test.
- Three letters of recommendation written by people qualified to assess the applicant’s abilities and promise. Letters are to be sent by those making recommendations directly to the Office of Admissions.
- A typed, double-spaced essay of 400-500 words in English, written by the applicant describing his/her personal goals and aspirations, achievements, educational and career objectives and stating how enrollment at the University of the West M. Div. Program would further those objectives.
- A non-refundable application fee of $50 ($100 for international students).
- Completed Financial Sponsor Agreement or Certification of Financial Resources with an official Bank Verification (international students only).
- Copies of Passport/Visa/I-94 (international students only).
- Copies of previous I-20 (transferring international students only).
- An on-campus interview may be required.
Admission will be on the basis of an evaluation of academic records, the essay, letters of recommendation, and on-campus interview by the Admission Committee consisting of the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Chair and/or Assistant Chair of Religious Studies, the Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and the Office of Admissions.