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  Apr 25, 2024
2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum

M.S. Mind-Body Medicine

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Overview of Program

Students enrolled in the M.S. Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) program integrate mind-body medicine's philosophy, science, and techniques in their personal and professional work. The curriculum presents a foundation of scholarship across the CIMHS departments, representing domains of integrative healthcare, mind-body science, practice, research foundations, and ethics. Students may add a certificate or minor to expand their knowledge and focus of study in a specific discipline, such as integrative wellness coaching, contemplative end-of-life care, mindfulness applications, biofeedback, neurofeedback, and hypnosis. 
The M.S. MBM program attracts students from a broad range of education and career backgrounds in health, wellness, education, and non-healthcare fields. Nurses, therapists, coaches, yoga instructors, dietitians, nutritionists, educators, business consultants, and recent graduates from other degree programs represent the student body. This degree does not qualify graduates for medical licensure. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. ​​Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities. 
  2. Describe and apply the foundational values, ethical principles, and best practices of the field to oneself and others. 
  3. Apply cultural humility, diversity awareness, and inclusion to support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems. 
  4. Articulate the application of self-reflection and self-care skills.  
  5. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and established practices in integrative healthcare. 
  6. Critically evaluate research methods and apply published research. 
  7. Compose original, grammatically correct, coherent, concise, and well-articulated written work in APA style.​ 


  • ​​Integrative and Functional Nutrition  
  • Integrative Wellness Coaching ​ 

Career Opportunities

​​Students who are already credentialed as healthcare practitioners enhance their practice with integrative medicine knowledge.  
Graduates are prepared to serve as educators, coaches, consultants, directors or managers, and researchers in a variety of professional settings: 

  • Private practice and independent consulting 
  • Integrative medicine and wellness centers 
  • Medical centers, hospitals, community health, primary care 
  • Medical spas 
  • Yoga retreat centers 
  • Sports medicine 
  • Corporate wellness programs 
  • Colleges and universities 

Depending on their professional interests, M.S. MBM students may need to pursue additional education in doctoral studies if they intend to teach graduate-level courses, conduct research, or seek employment in a healthcare setting.​ 

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements

​​M.S. Mind-Body Medicine degree applicant must submit the following documents: 

  • An official transcript from an accredited university demonstrating successful completion of a Master’s degree, with a 3.0 GPA or better; 
  • Professional resume or CV; 
  • Personal statement; and 
  • The Department chair may require a writing sample if applicants submit a personal statement that contains any grammatical mistakes, spelling errors, or poorly organized text. 
  • New M.S. MBM students must provide official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level science course in the past 10 years, with a minimum of a B in anatomy and/or physiology. Students lacking this introductory science prerequisite course will add IFN 5704 Anatomy and Physiology as an elective within their first year. Alternatively, students may complete the basic anatomy and physiology course from Saybrook’s academic partner, Straighter Line. 
  • Three graduate transfer credits may be accepted to fulfill one elective or course requirement for the degree program. These credits must be suitable for transfer as determined by the department chair and registrar. For further details regarding transfer credit policies, consult the Institutional Transfer Credit Guidelines section of the University Catalog for Course Descriptions. 

Contact the department chair to inquire about the details of transfer credits.

University Learning Experience

Virtual Learning Experience (VLE) - Required, Community Learning Experience (CLE) - Optional

All new students begin their studies with a Welcome Week. Welcome Week activities, including a degree program orientation, are held online during the week ahead of the start of the fall and spring semesters. Participation is strongly encouraged.

Students enrolled in the MBM degree program must attend any residential, community, or virtual learning experience as required for the courses in which they choose to enroll. Refer to the course descriptions for requirements. 
New students participate in the MBM 0505 Mind-Body-Spirit Integration (MBSI) Seminar. The MBSI consists of two full days of experiential learning (virtual or residential), and four 4-hour virtual sessions on consecutive Saturdays. Refer to the course description for requirements.

Program Specific Requirements

​​All new students participate in Saybrook University’s “Getting Started” and the MBM Department’s virtual orientation sessions at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. During the orientation, students are introduced to administrative staff, faculty, university-wide policies, technology, student services, library databases, best practices, advising, and more.  
The requirements for the M.S. Mind-Body Medicine degree include 39 to 42 credits within specific categories of coursework: core (12 credits), research (6 credits), mind-body science (6 credits), practice (9 credits), and electives (6 or 9 credits). Pre-requisites such as anatomy and physiology must be met to register for certain courses. 
Note: All CIMHS students enroll in the MBM 5507 Graduate Level Academic Writing course (elective) within the first two semesters of starting the program unless students receive an approved waiver from the department chair. 
In some instances, students may request to waive the MBM 5507 writing course and substitute an open elective at the discretion of the department chair. The department chair will make the determination based on any one of three criteria: (a) students may document solo-authored professional publications in a peer-reviewed journal, (b) per our institutional transfer credit policy, students may document completion of an equivalent 3-credit graduate level writing course within the past 10 years and earned a grade of B or better, or (c) students may submit an optional writing sample, and achieve a score of 90% or better on the writing sample grading rubric.​ 


​​Students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per every 1 credit hour, or 120 hours of schoolwork for each 3-credit course, engaged in schoolwork (e.g., reading, watching videos, completing assignments, and more). Therefore, students should anticipate spending approximately 8 hours per week on schoolwork for each 15-week course. The actual time needed will vary by course, by week, and by student.​ 

Mode of Delivery

​​Most of the coursework is conducted online and at a distance, so students can live and work anywhere in the world as they engage with faculty and peers. The classes incorporate a variety of instructional and assessment methods including asynchronous discussion forums, live videoconferences, interactive web-based activities, and written assignments. In addition, the MBM department utilizes virtual and residential learning experiences for real-time training, to support online classes. These virtual and residential learning conferences are usually held at the start of the spring and fall semesters. 
MBM students are required to enroll in three semesters each year: fall, spring, and summer. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks; summer courses are 8 or 12 weeks long. ​ 

Length of Program

​​The average time to complete the 39 to 42-credit degree requirements with or without a specialization is 2 to 3 years.​

Required Courses

Electives - 6 credits

Elective requirements may be satisfied by any Saybrook program (except for counseling courses) or by an approved academic partner agreement. Refer to any prerequisite or learning experience requirements (virtual, residential, or community) before registering. A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses is available in the university catalog and online Master Index. 

Option: Minor in Integrative Wellness Coaching (IWC) - 12 credits

Total Degree Requirements with Minor in IWC - 42-49 credits

By completing the required coursework in this minor, students also complete the Certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching.  This certificate is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 125 hours of coach training and is also an Approved Training Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of the certificate are eligible to apply for additional credentialing through these organizations. 
Saybrook’s IWC Certificate program is specifically geared toward individuals who do not currently hold an ICF or NBHWC credential.

Option: Minor in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) - 12 credits

Select any four 3-credit IFN courses, except IFN 5703  or IFN 5704 , for a total of 12 credits. Pre-requisites must be met to register for certain courses.

Total Degree Requirements with Minor in IFN - 42-51 credits

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