Graduate Program

Review Process

After submitting on-line applications, applicants will receive an email from the Graduate Division confirming receipt. Additional contact will be made by e-mail within three weeks of the deadline indicating any documents that have not yet been received.

Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Buddhist Studies Admissions Committee in consultation with members of the Group in Buddhist Studies. The Committee makes its selection on the basis of all the application materials — the transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, writing sample, GRE scores, and so on. We play close attention to evidence of linguistic proficiency, knowledge of the field, writing skills, initiative, and potential for scholarly growth. We also consider whether or not the applicant's academic goals can be met by the Group's faculty and program structure. Those chosen are recommended to the Graduate Division, which sets the number of students the Group can admit, makes a final review of the applications, and issues an official letter of admission to the student. The number of students the Group can admit is usually very small and admission is highly competitive.

The Group does its best to offer multi-year fellowships to all incoming students. (See "Financial Support" page.) Students admitted with a fellowship are notified by late-February; in the exceptional case where a student is admitted without a fellowship, notification may be made at a later date.