Overview

Empower immigrants through 
policy and practice.

Empower immigrants through
policy and practice.

Public Policy and Administration Program Highlights

  • Learn to lead policy and program development to impact immigration and settlement services
  • Earn your degree in 16 months of full-time study or pursue a part-time option.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening and weekend classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Public Policy & Administration: Immigration Policy & Practice concentration prepares graduates to lead government and community efforts that advance social justice within the immigration system. Our program trains students in the core theory, research methods, applied skills, and field experience they need to impact policy change with direct knowledge of the lived experiences of marginalized people.

Our innovative program addresses the content areas for public policy and administration programs defined by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), along with unique training in domains not found in other programs, such as community engagement and social justice.

Our immersive learning environment gives students the tools to navigate the intricacies of Canadian immigration policy and address challenges faced by vulnerable and underserved populations. Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to address today’s most urgent challenges.

Careers

Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of management and consultant positions in Canada’s government and non-profit sectors—in social policy development, analysis, and reform, administration, and social service.

Roles include:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program manager
  • Community organizer
  • Advocacy and policy council strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Government leader at local, provincial, and national level

Professional Devlopment & Training

Learning through small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools to positively impact the lives of immigrants and refugees. You’ll get hands-on policy experience and prepare for policy and administration work, leadership, and advocacy in the immigration and settlement service sector. Connect to unique professional development opportunities through the University’s network of community partners.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete a policy internship and capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in under two years of full-time study, but can be pursued through part-time studies.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.