Admission FAQ

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Admission FAQ

  1. How do I schedule a visit?
    As you evaluate your options for graduate study, we encourage you to attend an open house or information session. Tours of our campus are held every Friday at 2:00 p.m., followed by an information session with an Admissions Counselor. For a list of upcoming open houses or other prospective student events, please visit our admissions calendar.

    If you are unable to attend an upcoming event and would like to schedule an individual visit with an Admissions Counselor, please contact the Office of Admissions by email or phone at 312.662.4100.
  2. What are the application deadlines?
    Adler University employs a rolling admission process. Because most programs fill quickly, we encourage you to begin the application process early. While we accept applications throughout the year, the doctoral program priority deadline is February 15th.
  3. Can degree programs be completed on an evening and/or weekend basis?
    The following programs offer evening, weekend, and/or part-time options. Exceptions may apply for practica:
      • M.A. in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.A. in Public Policy and Administration

    In addition, the following programs can be completed entirely online, making them attractive options for students who may be currently employed or live outside of the Chicagoland area:

      • M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      • M.A. in Criminology
      • M.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology

    Many of our Master’s programs can be completed on a part-time basis with the program director’s approval; however, classes for programs not listed above are held during various days and times, including daytime hours. Students intending to complete these programs on a part-time basis should have the flexibility to attend classes at any time of day.

    Our Psy.D. program is a full-time program and cannot be completed on a part-time basis.

  4. Are degree programs accredited?
    Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. In addition, the Psy.D. program and predoctoral internship are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

    For more information, please contact:
    The Higher Learning Commission
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
    Phone: 800-621-7440; 312-263-0456
    Fax: 312-263-7462
  5. Is the GRE required for admission?
    GRE scores are required for all Psy.D. applicants. We only require scores from the General Test. Please note, the GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your intended start term. Scores that fall outside of the 5 year deadline will not be accepted.

    Those applying to a Master’s program are not required to submit GRE scores, though you are welcome to submit your scores for consideration. 

  6. How much is tuition?
    Please visit our Tuition and Fees page for current pricing.
  7. How much does your program cost per year?

    The cost per year will vary based on the number of credits a student takes each semester.

    To estimate the total cost of your degree, we recommend multiplying the number of required credits by the cost per credit hour. Keep in mind that this total will not include the cost of books or required fees, such as student services fees and health insurance; however, it will provide a general estimate. It is also important to note that, like many schools, tuition increases every year.

  8. What types of financial assistance are available to Adler University students?
    Adler University offers a wide variety of financial aid opportunities to students.
  9. Do I need a degree or background in psychology to apply?
    We encourage candidates from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds to apply. Each program has specific requirements.
  10. Can I submit an application for admission if I have not yet completed the specific prerequisites?
    We encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible, even prior to the completion of admission prerequisites. If admitted, any outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of your first term. Many students complete pre-requisite courses over the summer at Adler University.
  11. Does Adler University accept transfer credit?
    Yes. If accepted for admission, you may be granted transfer credit for graduate-level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into an M.A. program, and a maximum of 24 credits may be transferred into the Psy.D. program.

    Students wishing to transfer from other graduate programs must submit a letter from the dean of their previous program stating they are in good academic standing and free from academic or disciplinary inquiry or action.


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