MA/PhD Requirements

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While you do not need to declare a Specialization in Creativity Studies to earn a degree, the Specialization will appear on your transcript if you fulfill the requirements. Master’s degree students must complete 9 units of Creativity Studies Specialization courses plus a thesis or project related to the Specialization; doctoral students must complete 15 units plus a dissertation related to the Specialization. For students enrolled in the School of Clinical Psychology who are interested in completing the Creativity Studies Specialization requirements, you will need to complete all those core requirements in addition to the Specialization courses. The course requirements listed below are for students enrolled in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Also contact the Specialization director, Dr. Steven Pritzker, for more information on the required Specialization courses. For course descriptions, click here.

The M.A. Specialization in Creativity Studies

Students following the suggested plan below may complete the degree in two years. Courses are designed so that students move to progressively more advanced levels in understanding Creativity Studies, research, and the field of Psychology. Students will be encouraged to pursue specific areas of interest. Attendance at Residential Conferences is required. Students in the Creativity Studies Specialization will need to attend a minimum of two lunch meetings at the RCs where student and faculty make presentations related to creativity studies.

 

M.A. in Psychology; Specialization in Creativity Studies

Research Course Sequence: Credits
RES 1026: Information Competency and Library Use 2
RES 1025: Understanding Research 3
Core Psychology Courses:
   
PII 1500A: Foundations and Critique of Contemporary Psychology -- Part I 3
CSIH 4070: Ethics, Spirit, and Health Care
OR
PSY 6060: Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research
3
CS 4500: Dimensions of Creativity 3
CS 4510: Perspectives in Creativity 3
CS Specialization Electives 3
Other Electives * 9
PSY/RES 9200: Master’s Project
or
RES 9400: Master’s Thesis
3
 
6
                                                                                       Total ** 32-38

     * May include up to 3 transfer credits, completed during a graduate degree program from an accredited university; non-degree Saybrook Certificate credits; or other non-degree credits taken at Saybrook University within the last five years. No transfer credit will be accepted from courses already applied toward another degree that was previously awarded. Transfer credits will be determined by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with degree program director and the Chair of the School of PII.
   ** Saybrook transcript must reflect a minimum of 32 completed post-baccalaureate credits of new learning for the M.A.


 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies

This program is designed for students who want to learn how to accomplish in-depth research in a particular aspect of creativity, and make a meaningful contribution to the field. The Creativity Studies Specialization encourage students to examine vital contemporary questions about creativity, and investigate environments that support or discourage different kinds of creativity. Students in the Creativity Studies Specialization are focusing their studies on areas they are passionate about in order to take the careers they have to the next level or go in a whole new direction.

 

Ph.D. in Psychology; Specialization in Creativity Studies *

Research Course Sequence (taken in order): Credits
RES 1006: Information Competency and Library Use 2
RES 1005: Methods of Research & Disciplined Inquiry – Part I 3
RES 1015: Methods of Research & Disciplined Inquiry – Part II 3
Advanced-level research course 3
RES 1100A/1100B: Research Practicum ** 3-6
Core Psychology Courses:
   
PII 1500A: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology – Part I 3
PII 1500B: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology – Part II 3
CSIH 4070: Ethics, Spirit, and Health Care
OR
PSY 6060: Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research
3
CS 4500: Dimensions of Creativity 3
CS 4510: Perspectives in Creativity 3
CS Specialization Electives 9
Other Electives *** 15
RES 9010, 9020, and 9030: Qualifying Essays 9
RES 9500: Dissertation 12
                                                                                       Total **** 74-77

       * Some courses may be waived if completed during the M.A. program at Saybrook University within the past five years. If waived, credits must be substituted with Electives.
     ** Registration in RES 1100B required if practicum research not completed during RES 1100A.
   *** May include up to 12 transfer credits (of which 6 may be from cognate fields), completed during a graduate degree program from an accredited university; non-degree Saybrook Certificate credits; or non-degree credits taken at Saybrook University within the last five years. No transfer credit will be accepted from courses already applied toward another degree that was previously awarded. Transfer credits will be determined by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the degree program director and the Chair of the School of PII, and will be applied toward required electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor as well as their faculty mentor as they plan their electives.
  **** Saybrook transcript must reflect a minimum of 62 completed credits of post-master’s learning for the Ph.D.

 

Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Creativity Studies Specialization Courses

CS 3010: Arts-Based Inquiry
CS 4500: Dimensions of Creativity
CS 4510: Perspectives in Creativity
CS 4520: Art and Healing
CS 4525: Poetry and Holistic Health
CS 6606: Introduction to Expressive Arts
CS 7067: Organizational Creativity
Creativity and Writing (in development)
CS 8151: Practicum in Professional Practice
CS 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar