The requirements of the PhD in Organizational Systems with a Specialization in Humane Education reflect both Saybrook's and Valparaiso’s approach to change in educational systems. While at Saybrook, students will take courses in organizational systems design and organizational behavior, and will learn to model organizational change for educational institutions.
Interested students must complete the online application for Saybrook’s Organizational Systems PhD program. Students accepted into this specialization complete a supplemental application to IHE and will be visiting students at Valparaiso University during their first year. Saybrook students will need to provide the documentation required of visiting students, namely transcript (college level if no courses have yet been taken from Saybrook), and a letter from Saybrook saying they have been unconditionally admitted to their program. Visiting students are subject to Valparaiso's policies and procedures regarding Add/Drop, withdrawal, incompletes, and various grading policies. They participate and become part of the IHE/Valparaiso cohort, taking courses from the Valparaiso online blackboard platform from IHE faculty.
First Year Curriculum delivered through IHE/Valparaiso
Year 1 Course Schedule (Fall start): 18 credits
The five required humane education courses would be taken 2 courses per semester, for 3 semesters, in one year. For example:
Fall Semester/Semester One (6 credits)
- Introduction to Humane Education
- Environmental Ethics
Spring Semester/Semester Two (6 credits)
- Animal Protection
- Human Rights
Summer Semester/Semester Three (6 credits)
- Culture and Change
- Summer Residency (one week intensive in Surry, ME)
At the end of the first year, 18 credits are transferred from Valparaiso to Saybrook and applied toward the 79 credits required for the PhD.
Year 2 and beyond – students in this specialization engage as full participants in Saybrook’s OS PhD program and complete the following requirements.
|Credits transferred from Valparaiso||18|
|ORG 7045||Ethics and Social Responsibility*||3|
|ORG 7032||Dealing with Complexity**||3|
|ORG 7025||Humanistic Foundations of OD||3|
|Research Sequence||(taken in order)|
|RES 1006||Information Competency and Library Use*||2|
|RES 1005||Methods of Research I||3|
|RES 1015||Methods of Research II||3|
|Level 2 Research Course||3|
|(One from RES 1030, 1040, 1050, 1160, 1170, 3130, 4005)|
|RES 1100||Research Practicum||3|
|RES 9010||Qualifying Essays||9|
Attendance at Saybrook's residential conferences is required beginning in year 2 and continuing through the completion of the 3 qualifying essays. Conferences are held at the beginning of the spring semester in San Francisco and the fall semester in Seattle.