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You need a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to enroll in Adler University programs.




Applying for Admission

Applying for Admission

At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility. Applicants are encouraged to review the specific admissions requirements for their program of interest.

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors:

  • Academic performance
  • Content and clarity of written and verbal communication
  • Strength of recommendations
  • Personal and professional presentation throughout the admission process
  • Community service interest and/or experience
  • Prior professional work experience
  • Integrity, motivation, and personal ethics

Possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. The University reserves the right to admit or deny admission based on the professional judgment of faculty and administration involved in the admission process.

Many of our programs fill quickly, so we encourage you to submit your application early. This will provide you with entry to our application portal with real-time access to track your application status along with any outstanding documents. If you have questions regarding programs and space availability, please contact Admissions.

Acceptance of Admission

Acceptance of Admission

The Director of Admissions will notify you of acceptance in writing. To complete the process, you must submit the applicable tuition deposit.

Transfer Credits

Transfer Credit

If accepted for admission, you may receive transfer credit for graduate-level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions. You must submit a transfer credit request to the Office of Admissions. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into an M.A. program, and a maximum of 24 credit hours 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.

Admissions Deadlines

Admissions Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for our fall 2020 terms, which begins September 1st. Most programs fill quickly, so we encourage you to begin the application process early. While we accept applications throughout the year, the following deadlines ensure that students receive full consideration prior to programs being full. For questions regarding programs and space availability, please contact the Office of Admissions via email or by phone at 236.521.2409.

Summer 2020 Programs Deadline
M.A. in Counselling Psychology: School & Youth Concentration Rolling admissions
Master of Counselling Psychology: School & Youth Concentration Rolling admissions
M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Rolling admissions
Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Rolling admissions

Fall 2020 Programs Early Priority Space Available
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology 11/15/19 3/15/20 8/15/20
M.A. in Counselling Psychology 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
M.A. in Counselling Psychology: School & Youth Concentration 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
Master of Counselling Psychology 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
Master of Counselling Psychology: School & Youth Concentration 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
Master of Public Policy & Administration: Social Change Leadership Concentration 2/1/20 4/1/20 8/15/20
International Applicants

International Students

Adler University has a long tradition of attracting students from around the world to study in our collaborative learning environment. International students from over the world add to our rich campus diversity.

Canada is a friendly, safe country with a high standard of living. The Global Peace Index ranks Canada among its top 10 safest countries in the world to visit. With world-class cities, great student health benefits, low crime rates, a culture of tolerance and diversity, and vast wilderness, Canada is a natural destination for thousands of international students.

Graduates of Adler University are eligible for to apply for Canada’s Post Graduate Work Permit Program allowing them to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Adler University Graduate Preparatory Program

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.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Adler University’s – Vancouver Campus code for receiving test scores is 6215
    • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 88
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • A minimum Overall Band score of 6.5 is required, with no band lower than 6.5
    • Applicants with an overall score of 6.0 can meet the English proficiency requirement through completion of Adler Graduate Preparatory Program.

Students who score a 6.0 overall on their IELTS, can meet the English proficiency requirements for admission to our Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Master of Public Policy and Administration programs by successfully completing Adler University’s 12-week, full-time Graduate Preparatory Program.

The Graduate Preparatory Program focuses on a unique blend of academic and business English, ensuring students are able to study, and complete assignments and examinations with confidence. Specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking and seminar or tutorial discussion, provide a strong foundation for our students. Material in the course covers current affairs and/or incorporate relevant public policy issues as well as key topics in industrial organizational psychology to bridge academic training with practical knowledge.

GPP 500 – Effective English Communication (0 credit)

GPP 510 – Fundamental Research Skills (0 credit)

GPP 520 – Fundamental Presentation Skills (0 credit)

Please visit your program of interest for specific admission requirements.

Studying in Canada

Upon acceptance to Adler University, international students must obtain a study permit. This official document, issued by an immigration officer, allows someone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to study in Canada. A study permit also allows you to work on campus if you are registered in full-time studies.

To obtain a study permit (or a letter of introduction authorizing the issuance of a study permit at a Canadian port of entry), visit the closest Canadian Embassy or Consulate. Remember to apply early; Canadian representatives in some countries have a deadline for processing student applications to study abroad, and the entire process can take weeks or months. Do not leave home until you receive your letter of introduction confirming the approval of your study permit from a Canadian Embassy or Consulate.

The Protocol Division of Foreign Affairs issues an acceptance to everyone who has diplomatic, consular, or official status in Canada and their family members. If you have this approval, you do not need a study permit to take courses in Canada.

Adler University Vancouver Campus’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O19394452198. You may be asked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide the DLI number when you apply for a permit or a visa.

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A Different School of Thought

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit.

You’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and class windows have deliberately been situated to stimulate thought. These things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

Studying in Vancouver does have its added advantages. They are the land, sea and call of the wild. All of which, we encourage you to experience. This is the great outdoors and a very different school of thought. You’ll want to experience it all.

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