Empower immigrants through 
policy and practice.

Empower immigrants through
policy and practice.

Public Policy and Administration Program Highlights

  • Train to lead policy and reform in the immigration and settlement service sector.
  • Earn your degree in two years 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 change. Our program trains students in the core theory, research methods, applied skills, and field experience they need to create more equitable and just communities through the immigration system.

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 psychology and communications.

While Canada boasts one of the world’s most developed systems for supporting immigrants and refugees, it is constantly changing. Our immersive learning environment gives students the tools to navigate the intricacies of Canadian immigration policy on behalf of newcomers. Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to address today’s most urgent challenges.


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 administrator
  • Community organizer
  • Advocacy and policy council strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Government leader at local, provincial, and national level

Professional Devlopment & Training

Gain the knowledge and tools to create change in the lives of immigrants and refugees through policy and administration, learning through small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field. 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 also complete an experiential 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 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.