New Programs

New programs at the Adler University

New programs at the Adler University

Who We Are

At the Adler University, we aim to tackle some of society’s most complex problems. That’s why we’re training the next generation of practitioners to reach beyond the therapist’s office into the larger global community. In addition to our rigorous course work, we offer students nonclinical community service experience, which provides them with exposure to social issues and insight on how mental health professionals can help create real change. We have provided quality education through a scholar-practitioner model for more than 50 years.

With campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, Adler University students have the opportunity to study in diverse and innovative environments with accomplished faculty in their field. Students receive a unique blend of theory and practice in small class sizes and through practicum experiences with over 700 community partners.

The Adler University is excited to offer the following new programs:

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program is ideal for students seeking to engage in advocacy, understand government and public policy, and manage non-profit, private and governmental organizations.   Students learn to integrate concepts of social change and social justice into public service, particularly through consultation with those communities and people affected by policy.  The Urban Mental Health Concentration addresses predisposing factors for mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety and mood disorders in urban communities.  The Human Rights Advocacy Concentration teaches students to apply human rights advocacy to domestic and international settings and at multiple levels of government.  Students will examine the theoretical foundations and critical issues of human rights advocacy, elements of advocacy planning, and strategies for action. Through community-based learning, students will gain experience working directly on policy issues in nonprofit or government settings. Both programs are offered in a flexible evening/weekend format to accommodate non-traditional students, including those who may be working full-time.

Master of Arts in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology (Online)

The field of military psychology is often applied towards the counseling and treatment of military personnel or military families.  It is very helpful in impacting the treatment of stress, fatigue, and psychological trauma suffered as a result of military operations.  The M.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology program prepares students to positively influence the overall mental health of military personnel, veterans, and their families.  Students are taught how to apply basic psychological principles of military psychology to the interpersonal, managerial, and organizational dimensions of the military and supporting civilian environments.

Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership Program

The field of emergency management is the core of coordination and support for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts from disaster in communities. The Adler University’s Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership program prepares students to address the complex social, emotional, psychological, and political dynamics in emergency situations.  Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve and lead support processes addressing an impacted community’s needs. This program takes psychology out of the classroom and private practice, and into the community to provide hands-on service to individuals and groups who need immediate and long-term support.  Offered in an online, hybrid format students take two courses each semester and can complete the program in two years.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA) (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) (750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5510,

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