The Programs and Courses of Study offered by the Hindu University of America are organized into four divisions:
The Continuing Education division makes available two kinds of offerings:
- Community Education – appropriate for people interested in personal development and who wish to learn at their own pace ongoingly.
- Certificate Programs – appropriate for people who want to develop or expand a set of skills in a specialized area, through an intense period of structured learning.
- Typically, students who enroll in the programs and courses in this division are not working towards a degree at the Undergraduate or Graduate level. They are already professionally settled and do not see their education at Hindu University of America as critical to their livelihood.
They may have interests in self-discovery, conscious evolution, understanding their own culture or a culture they have come to appreciate, engaging in critical thought, finding new meaning and living purposeful lives, learning Yoga, meditation, or Ayurveda, embracing a holistic life, making a difference, developing skills in writing and media domains, teaching and the academia, or performing arts, expanding their leadership and management skills, being of service, making a unique contribution to society, and more generally experiencing expanded joy and harmony in life.
Students interested in this division can take a dip into the world of Hindu thought, by taking one or more courses a la carte. Alternately, they may be ready to commit to a structured learning program that provides them a specialized certificate.
Hindu University of America is committed to enabling life-long learning and the ongoing development of a rich course catalog.
The Graduate division makes available four types of programs:
- Graduate Diploma – appropriate for people interested in a deep specialization in an area of study, but not leading to a Graduate degree
- Master’s Degree – appropriate for people who wish to earn a Master’s Degree as a symbol of substantive academic accomplishment leading to career enhancement opportunities.
- Doctoral Degree – appropriate for people who wish to engage in research, critical thought, writing, and publication, developing themselves in service, leadership, and global engagement
- Accelerated M.A./Ph.D. Program – appropriate for people who only have a bachelor’s degree, but are clear-eyed about their long-term goals, and wish to pursue their education all the way
At the Graduate Division, the University focuses on deep scholarship and specialization with an increasing focus on research, writing, publication, and presentation. Students committed to a life of learning, scholarship and publication may apply to the Graduate Division.
Advanced Studies options are available for students who already have a Doctoral Degree in the liberal arts, humanities, or the social sciences. These are post-doctoral study programs that are located at the intersection of Vedic Hindu thought and contemporary human concerns such as Sustainability, Holistic Health, Psychology, Spirituality, Spiritual Counseling, Leadership and Management, Science and Spirituality, Comparative Science of Cultures and Civilizations, Religion and Theology, Sociology, Political Science, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.
- Advanced Studies Fellows are admitted based on their scholarly commitment and proposals for post-doctoral research and writing.
- Select candidates may be awarded a “Named” Post-Doctoral Fellowships that come with specific teaching, writing responsibilities.
- Students with specific research and publication Projects at the Post-Doctoral level may apply for this program.
- Fellowships in the Advanced Studies area are usually are awarded for a period of one year at a time and may be extended at the discretion of the university based on satisfactory progress and performance
- These fellowships are granted based on the availability of adequate funding, and the level of need of the student
- Advanced Studies Fellows may be eligible to explore Graduate level courses offered by the University at discounted rates.
The Undergraduate division makes available two types of programs:
- Associate Degree - Typically, requiring 90 Quarter Credit hours, or 60 Semester Credit Hours. This is the equivalent of two years of full-time study at the undergraduate level
- Bachelor’s Degree - Typically, 180 Quarter Credit hours, or 120 Semester Credit Hours are required to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. This is the equivalent of four years of full-time study at the undergraduate level
Currently, Hindu University of America does not offer programs of study at the undergraduate level. However, it is likely that this option will be offered soon.