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 program at Saybrook.

All new students at Saybrook University (except those in the Seattle master's program) 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:

  • New students in the School of Mind-Body Medicine attend one five-day residential conference, and continuing students attend three-day residential conferences in August and January, until they have completed all courses in their program plans with residential components.
  • Students in the Ph.D. 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 completely residential degree program (M.A. in Psychology, Counseling specialization) are held at our Seattle, WA campus location.