Human Science Degree Program Requirements

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Human Science Degree Program Requirements

Our hybrid programs allow you to complete professional training for your Human Science degree primarily through distance learning classes with minimal residential requirements. In addition to the required coursework, you may customize your electives in either the MA or PhD degree program, selecting from a wide array of options to expand your horizons to meet a broad range of professional opportunities.

Below are the general course requirements for an M.A. degree in Human Science in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Master’s students begin the program with a core HS course, Theories of Inquiry, which presents the foundational philosophy of the program, and a basic course on understanding research. You may also customize your electives in the degree program, selecting from a wide range of options to expand your horizons and meet a broad range of future professional opportunities. Elective credit may include courses from one of our Certificate programs; or from one of the School of PII Psychology degree program Specializations in Creativity Studies; Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology; Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health; or Transformative Social Change. However, students enrolled in the Human Science degree program are not able to declare one of these Specializations.

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M.A. Degree in Human Science Program Requirements
  Credits
RES 1026 Information Competency and Library Use 2
HS 102X * Understanding Research in the Human Sciences
(in development)
3
   
HS 7500 Graduate Colloquium (continuous throughout program) 0
HS 6140 * Ethics for the Human Sciences 3
HS 1000 * Theories of Inquiry 3
HS 7570 Critical Theories for the Human Sciences 3
HS Electives Selection based on program plan 6
Other Electives ** 7
HS 9200
or
RES 9400
Master's Project

Master's Thesis
3

6
                                                                                            Total *** 30-33

*  Must complete HS 102X and HS 1000 in the first semester; HS 6140 in the second semester.
** Course credit (1 credit per term; maximum of 3 credits per degree) may be awarded for completion of a presentation and pre- and post-assignments related to seminars presented at Residential Conferences (HS 0900).
 ***  Saybrook transcript must reflect a minimum of 30 completed post-baccalaureate credits of new learning for the M.A.

 


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Human Science

Doctoral students in the Ph.D. degree program in Human Science must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution in order to be admitted to the doctoral program.

s doctoral programs in the School of PII. For doctoral degree students, courses accepted to satisfy content courses for the degree program must have been completed 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 Human Science degree program director.

In addition to degree program requirements, the Ph.D. program in Human Science requires a sequence of research courses designed to develop research competencies in key areas. The sequence begins with Level 1 research courses: Information Competency and Library Use (RES 1006) in the first semester of enrollment, followed by the Methods of Research and Disciplined Inquiry -- Part I and Part II courses (RES 1005 during first semester; RES 1015 during second semester or when RES 1005 is successfully completed). The initial sequence concludes with a Level 2 research methods course and the Research Practicum (RES 1100A; RES 1100B, if needed) in order to begin the advancement to candidacy process. These research courses must be taken consecutively; that is, successful completion of RES 1006 and RES 1005 are required before the student may register for RES 1015; successful completion of RES 1015 is required before the student may register for the Level 2 research course; successful completion of the Level 2 research course is required before the student may enroll in the Research Practicum.

Though not required, it is strongly recommended that the Research Practicum provide preparatory experience for the method to be employed in the dissertation research. Students who have not taken an advanced research course in the methodological area they are utilizing for their dissertation research may be required by their dissertation committee to complete an additional advanced research methods course. An alternative Level 2 research methods course not offered in the current course list may also qualify if taken as an independent study with an available, qualified faculty member and a mutually agreed upon learning contract, pre-approved by the Human Science Research Coordinator.

The remainder of the doctoral research sequence includes Qualifying Essay 1: Methodology Critique Essay (RES 9010), Qualifying Essays 2 and 3: Literature Review Essays (RES 9020 and 9030), advancement to candidacy, completion and defense of the dissertation proposal, and completion and defense of the dissertation.
 

Ph.D. Degree in Human Science Program Requirements *
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 Human Science Courses:  
HS 7500 Graduate Colloquium (Continuous throughout program) 0
HS 6140 *** Ethics for the Human Sciences 3
HS 1000 *** Theories of Inquiry 3
HS 1001 History and Philosophy of Human Science 3
HS 7570 Critical Theories for the Human Sciences 3
HS Electives 9
Other Electives **** 9
RES 9010, 9020, 9030  Qualifying Essays 9
RES 9500 Dissertation 12
                                                                                      Total ***** 68-71

      * 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 appropriate degree program Electives.
     ** Registration in RES 1100B required if practicum research not completed during RES 1100A.
   *** Must complete HS 1000 in the first semester; HS 6140 by the end of the second semester of enrollment.
  **** May include up to 6 transfer credits completed during a graduate degree program from an accredited 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 Human Science degree program director, and will be applied toward required electives. In addition, course credit (1 credit per term; maximum of 6 credits per degree) may be awarded for completion of a presentation and pre- and post-assignments related to Human Science seminars presented at Residential Conferences (HS 0900).
***** Saybrook transcript must reflect a minimum of 62 completed credits of post-master’s learning for the Ph.D.


To find out more about the degree programs in Human Science, please email admissions@saybrook.edu or call 800-825-4480.