Residency Requirements

Face-to-Face Learning

Our online degree programs are enhanced with face-to-face residential conferences (RCs) where students can build lasting relationships with other students and faculty members. Students are encouraged to share their own individual experiences to enrich their professional development and relate their studies to real-world settings. Although most of our graduate classes are offered as distance learning courses, all of our graduate degree programs have low-residency requirements. 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.

Returning Students

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 graduate degree program.

New Students

All new students at Saybrook University (except those in the Seattle master’s program) are required to attend an additional residential orientation held immediately before their first RC. The orientation familiarizes students with Saybrook University’s education requirements, faculty and staff, distance learning modalities, and courses for the initial term.

School of Mind-Body Medicine

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.

Ph.D. in Psychology: Psychophysiology Specialization

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.

M.A. in Psychology: Counseling Specialization

Although most of the classes for this completely on-campus degree program are held at our Seattle, WA campus location, students will also need to attend a residential conference in Monterrey.