Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Social Work
Saybrook University

Program Details

Using a holistic and systemic approach to the well-being of the individual, Saybrook offers an online Integrative Social Work PhD. Core values of the program center on building compassion and respect within communities, engaging the person, and learning how to foster positive change. This program is committed to academic excellence and training, and expects students to maintain integrity and authenticity. 

Specializations include:

  • Integrative Community: Disaster, Trauma, and Addictions 
  • Integrative Gerontology : Gerontology, Chronic Illness, and End of Life Care

Core requirements include foundational social work studies, advocacy, epidemiology, public health and policy, and more. You will also have the opportunity to apply knowledge to advanced research courses and will finish out with a dissertation project.

Advance your professional goals in:

  • Healthcare industry
  • Education
  • Community and nonprofit organizations
  • Social services and child welfare
  • Policy development

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Saybrook University is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires new students to attend a four-day residential conference, in California or Houston. A two-day residential conference is also required.
  • Some elective courses may require additional residential conference training
  • A master’s degree in social work, or other relevant master’s degree required