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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Below are the general course requirements for an M.A. degree in Psychology in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinar Inquiry (PII) for students not declaring a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health; Creativity Studies; Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology; Jungian Studies; or Transformative Social Change. Students may customize their electives in the degree program, selecting from a wide range of options to expand their horizons and meet a broad range of future professional opportunities. If students declare one of the five School of PII Psychology degree program Specializations, their academic requirements will be specific to that focus area. Please see the Requirements under each Specialization for details.

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Please note that if you wish to use a Saybrook degree to obtain licensure in psychology, you should consider our degrees in Clinical Psychology.

M.A. in Psychology; No Declared Specialization
Research Course Sequence: Credits
RES 1026: Information Competency and Library Use 2
RES 1025: Understanding Research 3
Core Psychology Courses:  
PII 1500A: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology -- Part I 3
Ethics Course (choose from CSIH 4070 or PSY 6060) 3
CSIH 3200: Seminar in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health
or
CSIH 3000: The Psychology of Consciousness
3
CS 4500: Dimensions of Creativity
or
CS 7067: Organizational Creativity
3
EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology
or
EHTP 2000: Foundations of Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology
3
CSIH 3076: C. G. Jung: His Life, Work, & Contemporary Perspectives in Analytical Psychology
or
EHTP 2040: Existential Psychotherapies
3
TSC 6500: Ecological Psychology
or
TSC 6505: Healthy Communities
3
Electives * 3
PSY 9200/RES 9200: Master's Project
or
RES 9400: Master's Thesis
3
 
6
                                                                                   Total ** 32-35

    * May include up to 3 transfer credits, completed during a graduate degree program in Psychology 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 Psychology 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 (PhD) Degree in Psychology

The Psychology degree program in the School of PII offers adult learners a foundation of scholarship based in the tradition of existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology. The degree program also offers additional coursework and research experience in five Specializations. Below are the general course requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Psychology in the School of PII for students not declaring a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health; Creativity Studies; Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology; Jungian Studies; or Transformative Social Change.

Students may customize their electives in this Ph.D. program, selecting from a wide range of options to expand their horizons and meet a broad range of future professional opportunities. If students declare one of the five Specializations, their academic requirements will be specific to that focus area. Please see the Requirements under each Specialization for details.

The School of PII Ph.D. program in Psychology 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) in order to continue with 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 and essays.

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 Psychology 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.

The Ph.D. program in Psychology provides flexibility in individual approaches to program planning and the study of Psychology along with a range of opportunities to broaden and deepen knowledge, interests, and areas of academic and professional development. The program provides the opportunity to build upon the foundation provided by an M.A. degrees Schools or elsewhere. Students develop their own plan from a wide range of options to further develop areas of knowledge, skill, and expertise to expand the scope of future opportunities and endeavors in professional life. This program is not a clinical psychology program nor is it designed to prepare students for future professional licensure.

 

Ph.D. in Psychology; No Declared Specialization *  
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:  
Ethics course (choose from CSIH 4070 or PSY 6060) 3
PII 1500A: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology -- Part I 3
PII 1500B: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology -- Part II 3
CSIH 3200: Seminar in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health
or
CSIH 3000: The Psychology of Consciousness
3
CS 4500: Dimensions of Creativity
or
CS 7067: Organizational Creativity
3
EHTP 1080: History and Systems of Psychology
or
EHTP 2000: Foundations of Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology
3
TSC 6500: Ecological Psychology
or
TSC 6505: Healthy Communities
3
CSIH 3076: C. G. Jung: His Life, Work, & Contemporary Perspectives in Analytical Psychology
or
EHTP 2040: Existential Psychotherapies
3
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 School of PII Psychology degree program Director and the School of PII Chair, 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.