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The PhD program in Mind‐Body Medicine provides a greater range of opportunity than the MS degree to broaden and deepen knowledge, interests, and areas of academic and professional development. The doctoral program provides the opportunity to build upon the foundation provided by a master’s degree, from Saybrook or another regionally accredited college or university.
Students entering the Mind‐Body Medicine doctoral program must have completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment. Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 82 credits. Credits are earned by completing Mind‐Body Medicine courses.
Students receiving a master’s degree in Mind‐Body Medicine from Saybrook who are admitted into the doctoral degree in Mind‐Body Medicine can generally transfer these units into their PhD program. These students must fulfill the doctoral degree requirements not completed at the master’s level, including the remaining required courses and the dissertation or project. Meeting the doctoral requirements will include completing additional units of doctoral coursework plus the dissertation or project, for a minimum total of 82 credits. Under some circumstances, additional courses required may total more than 82 credits.
For further information see Saybrook University MA/MS to PhD process as described in the University Admissions section of the Saybrook University Catalog. Some credits from a master’s degree earned in other programs at Saybrook may also be transferable into the doctoral degree program. Contact your mentor to find out if your credits qualify for transfer.
The PhD program requires a sequence of research courses designed to develop research competencies in key areas. All PhD students in Mind‐Body Medicine are required to complete Level 1 research courses: Information Competency and Library Use (RES 1006); Quantitative and Qualitative Research for Health (MBM 5540); and either Assessing Systems and Processes of Health Care (MBM 5545), or Case Studies in Health Research (MBM 5547).
This program is not a clinical psychology program. However, it can offer those wishing to enhance and further develop their clinical knowledge and expertise, and who do not intend to use the degree to qualify for licensure, more flexibility in program planning than the Clinical Psychology Specialization program provides.