Application Deadlines

You will receive your admissions decision starting in mid-February. International students are strongly recommended to apply by the regular decision deadline in order to allow enough time for the student visa application process.

After the regular decision deadline, we continue to accept applications until the incoming cohort is full. If your application is received after the cohort is full, your application will be considered for the following year’s admissions cycle. Decisions will be released approximately six weeks after the application is received.

Application Requirements

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

At least one letter should be from a current or former teacher. The other can be from another teacher, or someone else who you knows you well. These letters should speak to your motivation and capacity to undertake the program. Letters of recommendation can be submitted through the Common App or our application portal. (If you are having trouble, you can use this form and have the letters sent directly to DRBU.) 

Submit all official high school (and college, if applicable) transcripts. Official transcripts must be sealed and mailed to us directly by your previous school(s).

GRE and other standardized test scores are not a required part of our application. However, you may choose to include them if you wish and they will be considered alongside other parts of your application. To submit your scores to DRBU, our institution code is 4282.

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

Additional Information

Graduate applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent by the time they enroll at DRBU. The University may provisionally admit applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of college. We welcome applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject. There are no specific courses required as prerequisites for admission.

Please refer to our page on international students to learn more about application requirements for international applicants.

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