Application

1. All applications will receive prompt attention. In some cases, individuals may be solicited to provide additional information or complete an admissions video-interview (via Skype/Zoom). Admission decisions are generally made within 4 weeks from date of application, or sooner.

2. Upon admission to ICBM,  you will receive student credentials & registration information by email.

3. Since ICBM is a graduate level program, academic competency equivalent to that of a baccalaureate graduate is strongly recommended for admission. While evidence of holding a baccalaureate degree is preferred, the absence of a degree will not necessarily be a disqualifying condition for admission. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester applications are due by August 15.

Winter Semester applications are due by January 15.

Please address all application and admissions-related inquiries to admissions@buddhistministry.org

The current Application Processing Fee is $20 USD. Application Processing fees are non-refundable, regardless of final admissions decision.

Applicants will automatically be directed to Paypal to submit payment. Applications are not complete until Application Processing Fee has been paid. 

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Personal Information

Religious Practice Information

General Admission Questions

Optional Demographic Information

Application Essays

In order to ensure that ICBM can help you meet your ministerial needs and goals and to better evaluate your application, please respond to the following essay prompts.

Please format your essays in 12pt Arial or Times New Roman font, double-spaced.

The average essay length is approximately 900-1,400 words, or 3-5 double-spaced pages.

Please upload your essays in either Microsoft Word or PDF file format.

Life Account Essay Prompt

A reasonably full account of your life. Include, for example, significant and important persons and events, especially as they have impacted, and continue to impact, your personal growth and development. Describe your family or origin, current family relationships, and important and supportive social relationships.

Spiritual Heritage & Growth Essay Prompt

A description of your spiritual growth and development. Include, for example, the faith heritage into which you were born and describe and and explain any subsequent personal conversions, your call to ministry, religious experiences, and significant persons and events that have impacted, or continue to impact, your spiritual growth and development.

Helping Incident Essay Prompt

An account of a “helping incident” in which you were the person who provided help. Include the nature and extent of the request, your assessment of the issue(s), problem(s), situation(s). Describe how you came to be involved and what you did. Give a brief, evaluative commentary on what you did and how you believe you were able to help.

Impressions & Expectations of Ministry Essay Prompt

Your impressions and expectations of ministry. Indicate, for example, what you believe or imagine ministry to be. Indicate any learning goals or issues of which you are aware and would like to address in your learning/education. Finally, indicate why you are pursuing the vocation of ministry and describe your overall aspirations.

Specifically, please be sure to address the following questions in your response:

1. What do you hope to achieve/gain from ICBM? (Why are you applying to ICBM?)

2. What are your expectations of ICBM?

Disclosure

ICBM  does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, parental status, physical disability, learning disability, political affiliation, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Applicants may be asked to submit to and satisfactorily complete a background check review as a condition to admission into all programs designated as requiring a background check. An offer of admission will not be final until the completion of satisfactory background check(s) if deemed necessary. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on a review of the background check or as future information might become apparent.

Academic Disciplinary Record

Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational or religious institution you have participated, whether related to misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.

Criminal Record History

Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime? Note that you are not required to answer “yes” to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential.

Application Terms & Conditions

I certify that all information submitted in the admission process—including the application, and any other supporting materials—is my own work, factually true, and honestly presented, and that these documents will become the property of the institutions to which I am applying and will not be returned to me. I understand that I may be subject to a range of possible disciplinary actions, including admission revocation, expulsion, or revocation of course access, should the information I have certified be false. I herby also affirm that I have familiarized myself with the ICBM Terms & Conditions and agree to adhere to all ICBM policies, and that it is my responsibility to be aware of and understand all policies.

I further understand that ICBM does not confer ordination, authorization, certification, license, endorsement, sponsor, or qualify one to teach or represent oneself as a clergy-person. Professional credentialing is reserved for professional & denominational authorities which exercise such functions. 

Please allow a few moments for your submission to process after clicking the submission button, do not navigate away or close this page.

Paypal transaction MUST be completed for application to be submitted and considered complete. 

If you experience any difficulty completing this application please email admissions@buddhistministry.org