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Saybrook University

Saybrook University


M.A. in Counseling

Hybrid Online-Only Program

Campus Location:

Saybrook University - Oakland
475 14th St., 9th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 593-2900

Saybrook University M.A. in Counseling Program Page

Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered


Length of Program

3 years


The six-semester program provides a low-residency, blended, and mixed model of distance learning. At the beginning of each semester during Residential Conferences (RC), all students meet together and with faculty. During each semester, students join their student cohort online to learn together and receive instruction from faculty. A portion of the 60 credit program includes three semesters of field work; Practicum, Internship I, and Internship II. 

Online Instruction
Online courses are a combination of learning goals, objectives, strategies, and delivery formats, including assigned readings, papers, and projects, as well as asynchronous online discussions and, at times, synchronous teleconferences and/or videoconference sessions with faculty and peers. 

Residential Orientation
All new students in the MA Counseling program begin their studies with a one-time, two- day Residential Orientation. Residential Orientations are held two days ahead of the RC at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Residential Conferences
Activities during the required RCs are designed to expand further on the knowledge from coursework, to practice clinical skills, and to participate in professional development through workshops, courses, and seminars, as well as formal and informal meetings and discussions with faculty, advisors, and peers. Although students complete most of their courses through online, distance learning, attendance at six residential conferences is required. To receive credit, full attendance at all RCs is an academic requirement, this includes participating all scheduled sessions.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

15-20 students

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

700 hours. Practicum includes 100 hours of practice in a supervised setting, of which 40 must be direct client contact. Internship I and II include 600 hours of practice in a supervised setting, of which 240 of the 600 hours must be direct client contact. 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Students will engage in ongoing personal reflection and counseling as needed to support their preparation to engage fully and compassionately with clients of all backgrounds and presenting issues. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Comprehensive exam

Application Process

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Faculty look for a 3.0 minimum GPA but exceptions can be made in some cases if all of the other supporting admissions documents make a strong case for acceptance.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

  • References
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


Through an approach that focuses on the interconnectedness of all things, students will learn how to apply holistic and systemic perspectives to working with individuals or groups in a variety of settings.
— Saybrook University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Do you want to learn how to put your compassion to work, facilitating others’ healing journeys?

To do this effectively, we offer a training program that aligns with the national training standards for the counseling profession.

Through this hybrid program, inclusive of 700 hours of field experience, our M.A. Counseling program focuses on career opportunities in the broad field of clinical mental health counseling. Guided by faculty with years of experience in the field, students can complete their degrees without relocating. In this low-residency program, students become part of a cohort, interacting online and meeting at the beginning of each semester at residential conferences. Throughout the semester, students join their cohort through our online Canvas learning system to learn together, receive instruction from and ask questions of faculty. A portion of this 60-credit program includes three semesters of field work: Practicum, Internship I and Internship II.