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Applying for Admission

Adler University takes pride in its diverse student body, representing a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. The University admits individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility. Ideal candidates for admission are those who will make a difference in their communities and the lives of the individuals and families they serve upon graduation.

All applicants should fulfill the minimum admission requirements for the program they choose and must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in spoken and written English.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.*

*Unofficial transcripts can be used for application review. Official valid transcripts must be received before the end of the first course. Provisional admission will be granted until receipt of official transcripts.  Transcripts from non-degree-granting institutions may be eligible to be waived.

Admission Requirements: Master’s-Level Programs

Applicants are required to have:

  • A baccalaureate degree, by the date of matriculation, earned from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered for conditional admission by submitting two letters of recommendation from a current professor, supervisor, and/or someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program. Exceptions may be made for applicants with a conferred graduate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two letters of recommendation**
  • If accepted for admission, students may receive transfer credit for graduate-level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions. Applicants must submit a transfer course reform along with their additional documents needed  to complete their application is transfer credit is requested.

**Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

Conditional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first two courses in order to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve a full admission status.

Provisional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university.

**Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

Admissions Requirements: Ph.D. Programs

Applicants to these programs are required to have:

  • A master’s degree, by the date of matriculation, in industrial and organizational psychology, psychology, business, or a related discipline. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program may be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum. (See Program Requisites below.)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate-level coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a doctoral program.*
  • A writing sample (e.g., a publication, report, or an essay or paper previously submitted as an assignment).
  • An admissions interview.
  • If accepted for admission, students may receive transfer credit for graduate-level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions. Applicants must submit a transfer course reform along with their additional documents needed  to complete their application is transfer credit is requested.

*Applicants who are graduates or current students, in good standing, from Adler University master’s degree programs may have one letter of recommendation, the writing sample, and/or interview waived.

Program Requisites: Ph.D. Programs

Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the areas listed below.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who need to complete additional master’s-level courses, will need to do so within the first five course periods of the doctoral program:

  • MIO-502: Organizational Theory or MAOP-570: Foundations of Organizational Psychology
  • MIO-504: Organizational Development and Change or MAOP-580: Organizational Development and Change
  • One graduate-level statistics course (INDS-502: Statistics or MAOP-525: Statistical Methods at Work)
  • One graduate-level research methods course (MIO-503: Research Methods or MAOP-546: Research Methods in Organizational Psychology)

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who need to complete additional master’s-level courses, will need to do so within the first five course periods of the doctoral program:

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Leadership Management (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture & Design (3 credits)
Acceptance of Admission

Acceptance of Admission

The Senior Director of Admissions will notify you of acceptance in writing. To complete the process, you must return your enrollment form within the time allotted.

Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits

For our master’s programs, a maximum of 12 credit hours from other accredited institutions may be transferred. Students accepted for admission may be granted transfer credit for graduate level courses previously taken at another accredited institution. Upon enrollment into a degree program, a review of the unique academic and training history will occur and a determination will be made at the discretion of the University.

For our Ph.D. programs, a maximum of 36 credit hours from other accredited institutions may be transferred for the Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program; and a maximum of 39 credit hours may be transferred for the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program. Students accepted for admission may be granted transfer credit for doctoral level courses previously taken at another accredited institution. Students can also submit relevant master’s-level coursework to transfer in for elective courses. Upon enrollment into a degree program, a review of the unique academic and training history will occur and a determination will be made at the discretion of the University.

International Applicants

International Applicants

We have a long tradition of attracting students from around the world to study in our collaborative learning environment. International students also add to our rich diversity.

In addition to a completed application, all transcripts from outside of North America (including Mexico) must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) approved service.

We highly recommend one of the following services:

Please note that we require an official course-by-course international credential evaluation but do not require official copies of the original transcripts.

If a course-by-course evaluation is ordered, applicants will only be required to submit the official international credential evaluation to the University as this service provided a verified copy of the official transcript(s) and translations to the University. Applicants must be sure to send in all transcripts and order the course-by-course evaluation.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores from one of the following testing services directly to the University. Scores are only valid if taken within two years of enrollment. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in Canada or the United States may not be required to prove English language proficiency.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Adler University’s code for receiving test scores is 1147
  • Paper-based TOEFL minimum score is 580
  • Computer-based TOEFL minimum score is 240
  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 92, with at least 22 on all four sections
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • A minimum Overall Band score of 7.0 is required, with no band lower than 7.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • A minimum overall score of 62 is required
Disability Services at Adler

Disability Services at Adler

Adler University seeks to facilitate an environment where all students thrive academically and professionally. Disability Services within the Office of Student Affairs serves and supports students with disabilities by creating an accessible learning environment, removing barriers that impede full participation, and fostering full inclusion across the Adler community. Disability Services coordinates the accommodations a student with a disability may need to be successful.

To learn more about accessibility at Adler or to initiate the accommodations request process, contact Disability Services at [email protected] or call 312-662-4141.

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