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Certificate in Tibetan Buddhist Psychology

The Tibetan Buddhist Psychology Certificate Program is a unique blending of traditional Tibetan Buddhist Theory and Practice with Contemporary Western Psychological perspectives. This program is offered to provide health care providers and interested persons a basic understanding of Tibetan Buddhist Concepts and how they can contribute to service for others.


Each student must complete the 35 quarter units of study from the coursework listed below. The student is free to choose six courses and must complete the practicum course.

By approval of the program director.


Course titles that satisfy certificate requirements:

Tibetan Buddhist Psychology Certificate Requirements (30 units)
Course Units
CTR 600 Psychology Business 5
CTR 670 Intro. to Tibetan Buddhist 5
CTR 671 Theories of Consciousness 5
CTR 672 East/West Psychology 5
CTR 673 Meditation and Mandalas 5
CTR 770 Birth, Death, & Intermediate 5
TBP 779 Selected Topics in Tibetan 5
Buddhist Psychology
TBP 790 Introduction to Tibetan 5
Healing Approaches
TBP 791 East/West Medical Dialogue 5
TBP 794 Advanced Methods in 5
Tibetan Healing
TBP 795 Independent Study in 5
Tibetan Buddhist Psychology

Required Tibetan Buddhist Psychology Practicum Course (5 units)
Course Units
CTR 778 Engaged Buddhism: Practicum 5
in Buddhist Psychology

Required Total Units: 35


1) All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.
2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential
components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. The University’s grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experimental activities.

Distance Education
1) The Certificate in Tibetan Buddhist Psychology program is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares a feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly.
2) Each student is provided with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, course content, weekly assignments and student performance expectations.
3) Instructors work closely with students to monitor their progress.


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• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.

• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended. “