The Institute for the Science of Religion offers study programs in two disciplines: BA/MA Science of Religion and BA Minor/MA Central Asian Studies.
- The Science of Religion emphasises method and theory and investigates mainly Buddhism (especially the Tibetan and Mongolian forms), and the religions of South Asia. Beyond investigating Buddhist traditions and Hindu religions, the close collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities allows for interdisciplinary explorations of other religious traditions, such as Judaism (in collaboration with the Institute of Jewish Studies), Christianity (in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology) or Islam (in collaboration with the Institute of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies).
- The Central Asian Studies in Bern, offered in BA only as a Minor study program, concentrates on broader sociological contexts within the Tibetan and Mongolian language spheres and in this sense constitutes a regional studies approach. The Study Plan for the program "BA Minor Central Asian Studies" can be found here (p. 11-12):
Furthermore, the Center for Global Studies (CGS) offers the MA study program Religion in Contemporary Society, in collaboration with the Institute for the Science of Religion.