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Transformative Social Change

The world is in crisis. All of it is connected—resource depletion leads to poverty; inequality leads to violent conflict; over-consumption leads to global warming. Our Transformative Social Change programs help students develop the skills to understand the interconnectedness of various systems to make positive changes in the world.

To address global conflict, passion must be met equally with understanding.

Saybrook University is the recognized global leader in humanistic and existential psychology.

We offer both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Transformative Social Change. Graduates of these programs can apply their knowledge in organizations that address the following areas:

  • Human rights
  • Public policy
  • Social justice
  • Peace
  • The environment
  • Community building


Graduates from our Transformative Social Change programs will be able to confront global strife through:

  • Research, analysis, and education
  • Program development
  • Policy advocacy
  • Public relations
  • Outreach
  • Field work
  • Education

Saybrook University graduates change the world. 

Dr. Carleen "Carrie" Phelps >

Ph.D. 2014

Dr. Carleen “Carrie” Phelps is using her degree from Saybrook University’s Mind-Body Medicine program to pioneer “the next evolution of health promotion,” connecting holistic wellness and traditional health care in profound ways. 

Dr. Demetry Apostle >

M.A. 2003, Ph.D. 2013

Chicago native Dr. Demetry Apostle is using the humanistic psychology principles he learned at Saybrook University to serve the LGBTQ community—with an increasing focus on counseling transgender children and their families.

Haley Lowe >

M.A. 2012

“Saybook taught me how to respectfully challenge the status quo and engage in difficult conversations. The world is hungry for the type of engagement Saybrook encourages in its students every day.”