The Saybrook University Department of Research offers interdisciplinary research courses for students across the University.
Saybrook's doctoral research requirements are designed to provide a sequence of research experiences designed around seven program-level learning outcomes that prepare students for the successful completion of the dissertation. Students enrolled in doctoral programs that utilize the Department of Research courses will take between four and six Research courses before advancing to their dissertation courses.
Saybrook University's Master’s research sequence is also designed around seven program-level learning outcomes that prepare students to be successful consumers of research. Depending on the specific master's program, students will take from one to three research courses for their master's program. Research program outcomes coincide with and support academic program goals.
In both the master’s and doctoral research sequences, research learning outcomes are introduced and developed during the foundation research courses and then advanced across the research sequence.
In line with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Quality Framework, the Saybrook Department of Research courses are designed with active learning exercises that engage students in discussion and practice activities to develop research skills and knowledge measured in key assignments. Course grades are weighted based on three learning activity groups:
discussion learning activities, practice learning activities, and
key assignments. Discussion learning activities involve interactions among students or between students and their faculty. Practice learning activities involve individual skill development and often prepare students for their course key assignments. Key assignments are learning activities that align with multiple course learning outcomes and are connected to the research program assessment.