MA/PhD Requirements

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While you do not need to declare a Specialization to earn a post-graduate degree, the Specialization in Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology will appear on your transcript if you fulfill the requirements. Along with our basic degree program requirements, master’s degree students must complete 9 credits of Specialization courses plus a thesis or project related to the Specialization; doctoral students must complete 15 credits plus a dissertation related to the Specialization.

For students enrolled in the School of Clinical Psychology who are interested in completing the EHTP Specialization requirements, you will need to complete all those core requirements in addition to the 9 Specialization courses required at the master’s level or the 15 Specialization courses required for doctoral students. The course requirements listed below are for students enrolled in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Also talk with the Specialization director, Dr. Louis Hoffman, for specific information about required courses. For course descriptions, click here.

M.A. in Psychology or Human Science; Specialization in Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology

Research Course Sequence: Credits
RES 1026: Information Competency and Library Use 2
RES 1025: Understanding Research 3
Core Psychology or Human Science Courses:
HS 7500: Graduate Colloquium (for HS students; continuous throughout program) 0
PII 1500A: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology – Part I (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 1000: Theories of Inquiry (for HS students)
AND
HS 7570: Critical Theories for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3

3
PSY 6060: Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 6140: Ethics for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3
One of the following courses:
o        EHTP 2000: Foundations of Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology
o        EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology
3
One of the following courses:
o        EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology (if also taking EHTP 2000)
o        EHTP 2040: Existential Psychotherapies
o        EHTP 3140: Phenomenological Critique of Psychological Systems
o        EHTP 3500: Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy
o        EHTP 3510: Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy
o        EHTP 6150: Rollo May and the Existential Tradition
o        EHTP 3615: Existential Psychology and Literature
3
ETHP Specialization Electives 3
Other Electives * (for Psychology students)
OR
HS Electives * (for HS students)
9

9
PSY/HS/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 graduate 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.
   ** Saybrook transcript must reflect a minimum of 32 completed post-baccalaureate credits of new learning for the M.A.

 

 

Ph.D. in Psychology or Human Science; Specialization in Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology *

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 or Human Science Courses:
PII 1500A: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology – Part I (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 1000: Theories of Inquiry (for HS students)
3


3
PII 1500B: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology – Part II (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 7570: Critical Theories for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3
PSY 6060: Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 6140: Ethics for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3
One of the following courses: ***
o        EHTP 2000: Foundations of Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology
o        EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology
3
One of the following courses:
o        EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology (if also taking EHTP 2000)
o        EHTP 2040: Existential Psychotherapies
o        EHTP 3140: Phenomenological Critique of Psychological Systems
o        EHTP 3500: Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy
o        EHTP 3510: Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy
o        EHTP 6150: Rollo May and the Existential Tradition
o        EHTP 3615: Existential Psychology & Literature
3
EHTP Specialization Electives 9
Other Electives (for Psychology students) ****
OR
HS Electives (for HS students) ****
15

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.
*** If one of these courses was taken at the master’s level at Saybrook University, student must complete the other course option. Substitutions are permitted with the approval of the Specialization director.
**** 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 2013-Spring 2014 EHTP Courses

EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology
EHTP 2000: Foundations of Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology
EHTP 2025: Systems of Psychotherapy
EHTP 2040: Existential Psychotherapies
EHTP 2045: Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential I
EHTP 2046: Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II
EHTP 2047: Existential Psychotherapies III: James Bugental and the Existential-Humanistic Tradition
EHTP 2055: Existential Psychology and Philosophy
EHTP 2065: International Psychology
EHTP 2066: Practicum in International Psychology
EHTP 3075: The Life and Work of Alan Watts
EHTP 3110: Psychoneurology of Learning Disorders
EHTP 3140: Phenomenological Critique of Psychological Systems
EHTP 3500: Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy
EHTP 3510: Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy
EHTP 3515: Foundations of Phenomenological Psychology
EHTP 3600: Carl and Natalie Rogers: A Father-Daughter Legacy of the Personal Centered Approach 
EHTP 3605: The Kabbalah and Transpersonal Psychology
EHTP 3610: Transpersonal Neuroscience
EHTP 3615: Existential Psychology and Literature
EHTP 3620: Poetry, Healing, and Growth (Project X course)
EHTP 6150: Existential Psychotherapies II: Rollo May and the Existential Tradition
EHTP 8151: Practicum in Professional Practice
EHTP 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar

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