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  Feb 06, 2023
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2017-2018 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. CIMHS offers an accredited Master 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 40-credit Master 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 an 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 International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss contemporary issues affecting patient-centered care across disciplines in the field of integrative medicine.

2. Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.

3. Interpret the values, ethical principles, and practice standards that are paramount for multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers.

4. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and informed practices/interventions in integrative medicine.

5. Apply published research and critical thinking skills in academic papers, presentations, and/or communications.

6. Develop reflective practices and/or model adaptive skills in integrative healthcare and wellness.

7. Demonstrate multicultural competencies and diversity awareness, and support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems. 


Applicants for this Master of Science degree in Mind-Body Medicine must:

1) Submit an official transcript from an accredited university demonstrating successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or better GPA;
2) Complete the personal statement; and
3) Provide a writing sample demonstrating academic writing skills. Students with challenges in academic writing may be accepted, but will be required to take an academic writing class.

The Master of Science in Mind-Body Medicine degree requirements include a minimum of 40 credits. Credits are earned by completing Saybrook University required and elective courses.

By approval, Saybrook may accept up to three graduate transfer credits into the Master 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. 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 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  

Total Credits: (Years 1-2) 40

Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 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

All of the degree programs and 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.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Mind-Body Medicine program are working in:

  • Medical spas, yoga and wellness centers
  • Sports medicine and corporate wellness programs
  • Community and public health clinics and community-oriented primary care
  • Private practice medical clinics
  • Independent consulting and practice
  • Nutrition, science, medical writing/journalism (non-technical, technical)

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