Application Deadlines

The deadline for international students to apply is February 15, 2024. After this date, international applications are considered on a space-available basis. You will receive your admissions decision in approximately six weeks after all parts of your application have been received.

Places are filled on a rolling admission basis. We encourage you to apply early as only a limited number of students can be admitted to the program each year. You will receive your admissions decision in approximately six weeks after all parts of your application have been received.

Application Requirements

You may complete your application through DRBU’s application portal.

Preferably at least one letter should be from a current or former teacher. The other can be another teacher, or someone else who you knows you well. These letters should speak to your motivation and capacity to undertake the program. 

Official and sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities attended as an undergraduate or graduate student

International students who speak English as a second language are required to submit test scores demonstrating their English language proficiency. Visit our international applicants page for more information.


The Graduate Certificate in Buddhist Translation is a graduate level program. Before applying, applicants need to have at least an undergraduate degree or the equivalent, and demonstrate graduate level capacity in reading and writing. In order to produce high quality translation that accurately conveys the meanings of the source text while also appealing to the modern mind, students applying to this Program should have a high level of proficiency in the English language. Knowing a second language is also welcome.

We do not accept transfer students for this program. DRBU does not accept credits from other institutions because our curriculum is fully integrated and all-required.

Additional Information

All admitted students are required to attend the 7-day Seminar on Reading and Translating Buddhist Texts that will take place before the beginning of Fall semester.

Graduate Certificate applicants are required to have graduated from college by the time they enroll in DRBU. The University may provisionally admit applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of college.

All application materials may be submitted through DRBU’s Application Portal. Additional materials may be sent to:

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Dharma Realm Buddhist University
1991 Virtue Way, Ukiah, California, 95482