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Hindu Studies






Certificate in Hindu Studies

The GTU, through its Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, offers a six-course certificate program for individuals who are interested in systematic graduate instruction in Hindu Studies but are not able to undertake the MA or PhD at the present time. The program is suitable as well for current GTU students who wish to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of Hindu Studies; interested students should register their intent with the Director of the Hindu Studies Initiative as early as possible in their course of their studies. Applicants not already enrolled in a GTU program can apply by submitting the Certificate Application form, a statement of purpose, and official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree.


A program offered by the faculty of GTU's Center for Dharma Studies


The GTU began offering a Master of Arts with a concentration in Hindu Studies in the fall semester of 2015. The primary foci are on the study of Hindu philosophy of religion, theology, ethics, art, sacred texts, as well as Hinduism and world engagement in consideration of its historical and cultural contexts and its interrelationships with other faiths—particularly Jainism and Indian Buddhism with which it shares philosophical categories and practices. In addition to foundational courses on Hindu Theology, Sacred Texts, Systematic Yoga Philosophy and Contemplative Practice, Hindu Philosophy & Ethics, Hindu Art & Iconography, the Divine Feminine (Mahadevi Studies), and Devotional Theologies (Bhakti), students will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of contemporary topics and subjects as well as comparative theological themes. 

MA Requirements

MA Hindu Studies Program Description



Core Doctoral Faculty

Rita Sherma (GTU) 

Consortial Faculty

Purushottama Bilimoria (GTU)