Face-to-Face Learning for Online Programs

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Although most of our graduate classes are offered as distance learning courses, all of our graduate degree programs have low- residency requirements as well. Residential requirements are academic requirements, and their completion is important for your successful academic progress as well as for transformational learning.

Residential requirements vary by program to accommodate the learning outcomes associated with specific degrees. Where, how often, and when residential experiences occur also varies by program.  Request more information today to find out about the specific residential requirements for your degree at Saybrook.

All new students at Saybrook (except those in Seattle masters programs) are required to attend a Residential Orientation held immediately before their first Residential Conference (RC). The RO familiarizes students with Saybrook University's education requirements, faculty, and staff, distance learning modalities, and courses for the initial term. 

Residential Conference Locations

Additional residential conferences for our hybrid-online programs are held at the start of each semester, both for in-person learning and to introduce courses for the first term of that semester. For most online degree programs, these conferences are held at locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more about locations, see the calendar for your individual program.

A few programs have particular needs:

  • The Jungian Studies program within the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry holds its in-person seminars at the Jung Center in Houston.
  • The School of Mind-Body Medicine requires three in-person seminars (MBM 5600, 5605, and 5610) or elective ones at training sessions offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) and held in locations where CMBM has scheduled their trainings.
  • Students in the PhD Psychology, Psychophysiology Specialization program attend one of the two required residential conferences in San Francisco (August) and the other at the annual meetings of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), held in March but for which exact dates and location vary from year to year.
  • All classes for our two completely residential degree programs (Masters degree in Counseling or Organizational Systems) are held at Saybrook's Seattle campus. .