MA/PhD Requirements

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While you do not need to declare a Specialization to earn any of our graduate degrees, the Transformative Social Change Specialization will appear on your transcript if you fulfill the requirements. In addition to core degree program requirements, master’s students must complete 9 credits of Specialization courses plus a thesis or project related to the Specialization in Transformative Social Change. Doctoral degree students must complete 15 credits plus a dissertation related to the Specialization.

The charts below will show the basic academic requirements for a specialization in Transformative Social Change for the M.A. as well as the Ph.D. degree in Psychology or Human Science. For students enrolled in the School of Clinical Psychology who are interested in completing the TSC Specialization requirements, you will need to complete all those core requirements in addition to the Specialization courses required. The course requirements listed below are for students enrolled in the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary Inquiry.

 

Talk with the specialization director, Dr. Joel Federman, for specific information and course requirements. For course descriptions, click here.

M.A. in Psychology or Human Science; Specialization in Transformative Social Change

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 (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
TSC 6400: Ethics for Transformative Social Change: Thinking Like a Global Citizen (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 6140: Ethics for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3
TSC 6610: Social System Transformation Theory  3
TSC 6615: Overview of Transformative Social Change Interventions 3
TSC 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 Transformative Social Change *

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:  
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)
3


3
PII 1500B: Foundations & Critique of Contemporary Psychology -- Part II (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 1001: History and Philosophy of Human Science (for HS students)
AND
HS 7570: Critical Theories for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3

3
TSC 6400: Ethics for Transformative Social Change: Thinking Like a Global Citizen  (for Psychology students)
OR
HS 6140: Ethics for the Human Sciences (for HS students)
3


3
TSC 6610: Social System Transformation Theory 3
TSC 6615: Overview of Transformative Social Change Interventions 3
TSC Specialization Electives 9
Other Electives (for Psychology students) ***
OR
HS Electives (for HS students) ***
15

12
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 2013-Spring 2014 Courses in Transformative Social Change Specialization

TSC 4020: Relationships in Health and Healing Practice
TSC 6400: Ethics for Transformative Social Change: Thinking Like a Global Citizen
TSC 6500: Ecological Psychology
TSC 6505: Healthy Communities
TSC 6510: Theory and Practice of Nonviolence
TSC 6520: Gender and Society
TSC 6550: Conflict Resolution Theory and Methods
TSC 6570: Race, Class, & Gender
TSC 6585: The Human Right to Adequate Food
TSC 6590: Peace Studies
TSC 6610: Social System Transformation Theory
TSC 6615: Overview of Transformative Social Change Interventions
TSC 6620: Psychology of Disability, Rehabilitation, and Empowerment
TSC 7077: Building Sustainability: The Global Crisis
TSC 7079: Building Sustainability: Present Practices in Community and Society
TSC 7085: Globalism and Power
TSC 7115: Refugee Trauma and Resiliency
TSC 8151: Practicum in Professional Practice
TSC 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar