Residency Requirements

Online Learning Powered by Flexible Residential Experiences

One of the pioneers in distance 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.

Returning Students

Residential conferences for our 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 Bellevue, Washington, 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.

M.S. and Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine

New students in the M.S and Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine attend a 1-day residential orientation and 5-day residential conference, and continuing students attend at least three additional 5-day residential conferences in August and January. Students may attend additional residential conference days if required for the courses in their program plans.

M.A. in Integrative Wellness Coaching

New students in the M.A. in Integrative Wellness Coaching attend a 1-day residential orientation and 5-day residential conference, and continuing students attend one additional 5-day residential conferences in August or January.

M.S. in Integrative and Functional Nutrition

The M.S. in Integrative and Functional Nutrition is now a virtual degree. Students in this program are invited to attend all residential conferences, but none are required. If an M.S. in IFN student enrolls in a course from another degree program which has a required RC component, the student must attend the RC days for that specific class.

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.