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  Aug 19, 2022
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Mind-Body Medicine, M.S.

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As the healthcare system continues to evolve, many practitioners, educators, and prospective students are seeking out graduate level education and advanced training in integrative health care practices. The CIMHS offers an accredited Master’s of Science degree program in Mind-Body Medicine for individuals who are licensed practitioners, mid-career professionals, or recent bachelor graduates who are interested in expanding their treatment modalities, or preparing to transition into a new career pathway.  

While enrolled in the 41-credit Master’s of Science degree program, students learn about the research and gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to apply integrative medicine approaches within a private practice, organization, or community setting. In addition, students have the opportunity to incorporate additional classes to earn a certificate in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative wellness coaching, and integrative and functional nutrition. These certificate programs are recognized by professional credentialing organizations such as the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), and the International Coach Federation (ICF), and National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC).


Students entering the MS degree in Mind-Body Medicine must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally- accredited college or university prior to enrollment. The MS MBM degree requirements include a minimum of 41 credits. Credits are earned by completing Saybrook University required and elective courses.

By approval, Saybrook may accept up to three transfer credits into the Master’s of Science degree in Mind-Body Medicine from other regionally-accredited colleges and universities prior to entrance. Transfer credits are applied to the required number of elective credits or required courses for degree completion as approved by the Registrar. Three transfer credits may be accepted to fulfill one three-credit elective course requirement for the degree program.

These credits must be suitable for transfer to the intended degree as determined by the Dean and Registrar. For further details regarding transfer credit policies, consult the Institutional Transfer Credit Guidelines  section of the University Catalog.

Total Credits: (Years 1-2) 41

Degree Requirements for 2016-2017 Academic Year were approved by the CIMHS Degree Program Committee.


  • The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between 2 to 3 years. Some students may complete degree requirements in fewer terms and some may require more terms to complete the degree.
  • A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses and electives is available in the University Catalog. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations and degree programs.

This is a structured cohort program and the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring.

Learning and Career Outcomes

What you can do with an MS in Mind-Body Medicine

What you can do with a Master’s of Science in Mind-Body Medicine

All the specializations in Mind-Body Medicine support career and professional goals across a broad spectrum of integrative healthcare occupations. The master’s degree is ideal for individuals engaged in private practice or employed in a variety of organizational environments who are interested in health and wellness coaching, serve as health educators teaching self-care concepts, or are interested applying holistic health principles in a variety of organizational settings. Students receive a comprehensive overview of the integrative healthcare field combined with core skills training.

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