Admission FAQs

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Here are some frequently asked questions about the admissions process at Saybrook University. If you have any further questions please contact us at admissions@saybrook.edu regarding our process, or review the Saybrook University Catalog:

Can I get credit for previous academic work or life experience? Transferable coursework must have been graded A or B or equivalent and parallel courses offered at Saybrook.Transcripts are reviewed on a course-by-course basis.

Exact credit for prior academic work depends on the degree program you have chosen. For example, MA applicants in psychology who have completed some graduate level coursework from a regionally-accredited school, or who hold a master's degree in an unrelated field, may receive up to 12 credits towards the Saybrook master's degree in psychology. Doctoral applicants in psychology who have earned a master's degree in a related field from a regionally-accredited school may transfer a maximum of 18 credits towards a doctoral degree. 

MS students in Mind-Body Medicine may transfer up to three credits and PhD students may transfer up to nine credits. An exception is made for students pursuing the PhD MBM - Integrative Mental Health specialization, where up to 30 graduate level credits may be transferred toward the 92 credit PhD, provided that students have a licensable degree in mental health. Transfer credits in MBM must be used toward an elective, or must represent a good fit for a required course.

MA students in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry (PII) may transfer up to six credits (of which three may be from cognate fields), 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. PhD students may transfer up to 12 credits (of which six 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 determine 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.

Saybrook does not give direct credit for life experience, but competency in certain areas from previous graduate work, independent learning, or work experience may contribute to the pace with which you complete the programs. 

Will my Saybrook coursework transfer to other institutions?

The transferability of credits you earn at Saybrook University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in your educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution.

Can students apply for a PhD with only a bachelor's degree?

Students must complete a master's degree at Saybrook or elsewhere before applying for the PhD. An exception is made for students who are applying to the PhD Clinical Psychology program, who have completed a BA/BS in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work, or 12 semester credits/20 quarter credits of Psychology coursework at a regionally accredited college or university.

For most of our students, up to 31-credits from the master's degree may transfer into the PhD program in the same program area. For Mind-Body Medicine, all 35 credits from the Saybrook MS MBM degree will transfer toward the 82-credit PhD MBM program. Transfer credits between degree programs or from master's degrees earned elsewhere will be reviewed for relevance.

What are the application deadlines?

Applications for all programs are reviewed year-round for all terms on a rolling admissions basis.  You will be notified of your admissions status a few weeks after we have received your completed application. We don't wait to notify all students at the same time. We urge you to submit all your application materials at least four weeks before the term in which you want to enroll to allow time for processing and to ensure that we are able to reserve a space for you.

While there is no specific deadline for admissions, there is a scholarship deadline. (June 1 for the upcoming Fall term; October 1 for Spring term.) To be considered for the highest level of awards, we must receive all your application and financial aid materials by that date.  NOTE: you should start your financial aid application (FAFSA) process at least three months prior to your proposed enrollment date to guarantee timely disbursement of tuition funds.

When can I begin the program?

Each school has two start dates, one in the January/February timeframe and the other in August/September. Please consult the Admissions Calendar or Academic Calendars for each school for additional information

May I speak with Saybrook students, alumni, and/or faculty?

Yes, we're happy to arrange that.  Please contact Admissions at 415.394.5063, or e-mail admissions@saybrook.edu if you would like to speak one-on-one with current students, alumni, and/or faculty. Speaking with someone within the Saybrook community is a great opportunity to gain a more comprehensive perspective on our programs and community.You can also visit our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube pages to get a flavor of Saybrook. Our Events offer many opportunities for you to meet many people at once: participate in a live open house/webcast, call into a teleconference, or attend a Residential Conference as our guest. 

For your convenience, call us toll-free during business hours 800.825.4480 Pacific Time, or e-mail us at admissions@saybrook.edu.