There are two ways in which a student can be withdrawn from the doctoral program: 1) a student-initiated withdrawal and 2) an administrative withdrawal. Withdrawal severs the relationship between the student and the GTU. It is intended to be an irreversible decision.
Students in the Yoga Studies concentration study Hindu and Jain yoga traditions with attention to research topics such as contemplative yoga, the yoga of self knowledge (jñāna), the yoga of devotional love (bhakti), the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, and the Bhagavad Gītā. Other themes to be explored include immortality and liberation, tantra yoga, Jain philosophy of yoga, dharma and yoga philosophy, Nāda Yoga (the yoga of sound vibration and music), yoga and the West, and yoga, health, and healing.
Some GTU courses may be of interest to community patrons or non-matriculated students who wish to take the course for personal fulfillment. Such courses may be linked to a regular for-credit-course or be completely independent. These courses do not come with an academic credit that can be counted toward a degree or certificate at the GTU.
The GTU’s curriculum highlights the ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary strengths of the GTU, and enhances opportunities for both specialization and cross-disciplinary study. Beginning in fall 2016, students entering the doctoral program (PhD or ThD) or the MA program at the GTU can choose their fields of study from among more than thirty concentrations grouped into four interdisciplinary departments.