New Programs

New programs at Adler University.

New programs at Adler University.

Who We Are

At Adler University, we educate students to engage the world and create a more just society. Founded in 1952 to advance the work of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler, we provide master’s and doctoral programs for social change in a wide range of fields: psychology and counseling, public policy and administration, criminology, nonprofit management, emergency management leadership, and more.

  • Our students complete rigorous coursework and intensive practica and internships before graduation.
  • Our graduates are prepared for an evolving job market and careers that address local, national and global social needs.
  • Our alumni report success: According to our most recent Chicago Campus alumni survey, nearly 91% reported employment within a year of graduation. More than 95% reported that their Adler degree has helped them develop professional networks and achieve personal growth.

At our campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, and in 100% online programs offered through our Global Campus, our students study in diverse local and international environments. They benefit from small classes, close-knit program networks, and our highly diverse faculty of experienced practitioners, educators, mentors and scholars.

All curriculum and training is embedded in our mission to graduate socially responsible practitioners, engage communities, and advance social justice. Our commitment to social change is what brings students, faculty and staff to study, teach and work at Adler. Learn more about us today.

Our newest programs include:

Doctor of Couple & Family Therapy (Chicago Campus)

Marriage and family therapists are among the nation’s fast-growing professions—with expected job growth as high as 41.2% in the next decade, and with a place on U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 list of 50 best careers. Our innovative new program prepares experienced clinicians and recent clinical master’s graduates as advanced couple, marriage and family therapists in this rapidly growing, high-demand field.

Focused on social responsibility, clinical excellence and cultural competence, our program prepares students with advanced research-based knowledge, theory and practice techniques to help them advance their impact in the field as clinicians, supervisors, educators, leaders and scholars.

Our curriculum includes emphasis on lifelong learning, intensive practicum and clinical experience, as well as in-depth training in systemic supervision that provides the foundation for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor eligibility. Individuals are encouraged to review all AAMFT requirements for becoming an Approved Supervisor before entering the training process.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision (Chicago Campus)

This program at our Chicago Campus offers opportunity for practicing counselors who wish to advance as expert clinicians, counselor educators and supervisors, and leaders in the counseling field.

Classes are offered primarily in evenings and weekend blended formats. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on developing advanced expertise in teaching, research, practice and supervision—with an emphasis on multicultural competence and social responsibility.

Students also complete a dissertation, clinical practicum experiences, and an internship. These experiences are individualized to help students create advanced professional portfolios that further their professional goals. We are poised to offer this program in fall 2015 pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission.

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (Vancouver Campus)

In the United States, Adler offers one of the largest and most recognized master’s programs in counselling through art therapy. We now offer our unique education and training for this growing field in Vancouver. Art therapists and counsellors are in growing demand for their unique abilities to provide research-based therapies that go beyond language, and instead use art and the creative process to improve clients’ well-being.

We prepare students for registration and practice as both counsellors and art therapists. Our intensive curriculum and practical training immerses students in theory, psychological aspects of the creative process and a full range of art therapy and counselling methodologies. Students learn in small classes, guided throughout their education and training by our experienced faculty of art therapists, counsellors, and educators.

Join our close-knit community of art therapy students, faculty and alumni at work with diverse populations in healthcare, the corrections and justice systems, human service and mental health agencies, private practice, schools and other clinical and community settings.

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (100% Online)

The nonprofit sector employs the United States’ third-largest labor force. In continued demand are nonprofit administrators with strong technical abilities and proven skills in building relationships and engaging communities.

Our comprehensive program emphasizing social responsibility is for both recent college graduates and working professionals seeking to advance their careers, change careers or establish nonprofit organizations—in advocacy, the arts, philanthropy, education, labor, healthcare and many more sectors at all levels.

In addition to developing the advanced knowledge and technical skills to build and lead healthy organizations, our students are uniquely trained in systems-based practices for internal and external inclusion and engagement.


Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: (800) 621-7440 / 312-263-7462

All Adler University master’s and doctoral programs in Vancouver are offered under the written consent of the British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Ministry. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.

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