Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

  • You must have received, or anticipate receiving, at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college before applying for a master's degree at Saybrook.
  • Application for a PhD also requires a master's degree from Saybrook or another regionally-accredited college. An exception is made for students who are applying to the PhD Clinical Psychology program, who must have completed a BA/BS in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work, or 12 semester credits/20 quarter credits of Psychology coursework completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • The minimum expected grade point average (GPA) requirement is 3.0 from the last degree-granting institution, though exceptions may be made.
  • You may apply for only one degree program per application

The tables below summarize the requirements by program. Please contact us if you have any questions throughout the process. Additional details are available on these topics:

Admissions Criteria

Saybrook University is committed to identifying students who will be a "good fit" for the Saybrook experience. Rather than grade-point averages or standardized test scores, we emphasize:

  • Academic history and professional experience
  • Compatible background and interests with the offerings at Saybrook
  • Ability to work well in a distance-education format
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and writing skills
  • Potential for scholarly research and/or ability to work actively in the field
  • Personal motivation and readiness for graduate level work

Summary of Admissions Requirements for New, Degree-Seeking Students*

*Each submission requires a $50 application fee.

  New Applications MS/MS/PhD Online Hybrid in CP, MBM, OLT,& PII New Applications MA Seattle Residential (LIOS) Programs MS, Integrative & Functional Nutrition (Pending WASC Approval) New Applications MA Management (Pending WASC Approval)
Online Application X X X X
Resume or CV X X X X
Personal Statement X X X X
Academic Writing Sample X   X  
Personal Interview       X
Official Transcripts X X X X
2 Letters of Recommendation X X X X

Summary of Admissions Requirements for Non-Degree or Returning Saybrook Students*

For students who are seeking non-degree coursework, or who have previously attended Saybrook, please refer to the chart below:

*An online application is also required for each program.

  Non-Degree Certificate* Non-Degree Individual Course MA/MS to PhD for any program Readmission Doctoral Completion
Online Application     X X X
Resume or CV X       X
Personal Statement Jungian Studies & MBM Certificates only   X X X
Academic Writing Sample MBM Certificates only   X   X
Personal Interview          
Official Transcripts X X     X
2 Letters of Recommendation     X   X
Application Fee $25 $25 $50 $50 $50