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Chicago Programs

Graduate Degrees in Psychology,
Counseling, and Public Leadership

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Chicago Graduate Programs

Programmed for the real world

Located in the heart of the city, the Chicago Campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world and the latest technology. In our library, you will find every resource you need to research, form, and shape your journey. At Adler University, we have more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

Every Adler program is created not only with specific milestones, relevant coursework, and expected outcomes, but also with the flexibility and creativity to help you think outside of the box to help solve today’s major challenges faced by individuals and communities. With that in mind, you will graduate with real-world knowledge and experience to pursue your goal of creating a more just society and drive change.

Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
View our full list of Adler Program Accreditations.

Explore our program offerings by degree type:

Master’s Programs

Master of Arts | Dual Degree
Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares socially responsible clinicians to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic services in a wide range of clinical settings. Students train with faculty who are experienced counseling professionals and social justice activists. Our graduates are empowered and equipped to be agents of change for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society.
Master of Arts
Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares socially responsible clinicians to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic services in a wide range of clinical settings. Students train with faculty who are experienced counseling professionals and social justice activists. Our graduates are empowered and equipped to be agents of change for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society.
Master of Arts | Dual Degree
Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares socially responsible clinicians to improve quality of life for individuals who face physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well equipped to empower populations such as the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities in a wide range of settings.
Master of Arts
Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling: Art Therapy program prepares socially responsible counselors to use the creative process to improve individuals’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing with a focus on treating some of society’s most marginalized populations. Students learn how to model, demonstrate, and teach coping skills through counseling and art therapy to people facing trauma, stress, behavioral, neurological and other concerns.
Master of Arts
Adler University’s Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program prepares marriage and family therapists to serve families, couples, youth, and individuals through socially responsible practice. Our innovative program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), facilitating portability of licensure and expanding employment opportunities.
Master of Arts | Dual Degree
Adler University’s Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Leadership program prepares individuals to become socially responsible leaders, consultants and agents for change in forensic mental health and related public safety fields. Students in this program will gain new skills and strategies to use research-driven data to address the social issues, shifting cultural landscapes, increased public scrutiny, and the growing demand for increased accountability and transparency from the communities and stakeholders they serve.
Master of
Become a leader and advocate for social justice at all levels of public service with a Master of Public Administration graduate degree from Adler University. Channel your passion for improving your community by addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as income inequality, housing development, and environmental threats. And, choose a concentration that aligns with your career aspirations.
Master of
Adler University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program allows students to channel their passion for public policy and social advocacy, and prepares them to become leaders in the field. Students learn how to effectively use policy to bring about positive social change in the community, with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating policy initiatives that promote not only health, but also political, social, and economic justice.
Master of Science | Dual Degree
Adler University’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport and Health Performance program combines coaching and counseling skills with evidence-based theories of human performance not only on the playing field, but in a socially responsible manner in the real world. Graduates are trained to work with individuals from a range of age and ability within sport and non-sport settings, and are eligible to pursue the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) credential from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Doctorate Programs

Doctorate
Adler University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Art Therapy program prepares researchers, educators, and scholars to train the next generation of clinical art therapists—and use human creative expression as a powerful catalyst for change. Taught by renowned experts, our curriculum emphasizes the potential of art therapy as a socially responsible practice to address some of today’s most pressing issues.
Doctorate
Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program trains clinical psychologists to become socially responsible clinicians who empower individuals and strengthen communities around the globe. Our nationally recognized program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and prepares students to promote health among society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Doctorate
Adler University’s CACREP-accredited Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares students to become expert clinicians, academics, or professional consultants in a unique program guided by themes of freedom and liberation. Our program develops empathetic, compassionate, and socially responsible leaders to promote humanistic scholarship and practice.
Doctorate
Adler University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Couple and Family Therapy is the only campus-based program in Illinois that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Our program prepares recent graduates of clinical master degree programs and experienced clinicians to be advanced socially responsible practitioners in couple, marriage, and family therapy as well as leaders in research, teaching, and advocacy.

Certificates Programs

Certificate
Adler University’s Certificate in Sex Therapy prepares socially responsible clinicians with core knowledge of human sexuality and sex therapy training that meets the highest standards in the field, including an ethical consciousness and cultural competence.

Adler’s Chicago Campus

No matter which Adler experience suits you, where you
attend will be equally dynamic, immersive and fulfilling.

Be it on campus in Chicago or Vancouver, or virtually through our Online Campus, we are dedicated and driven to replicate the Adler inclusive and shared way of learning and growing together.
We are a community that lives, learns, and works as one.

The Harold and Birdie Mosak Library

Our librarians are available to provide personalized guidance with research and utilizing resources, and our facilities offer lounge areas suitable for individual or collaborative group work.

The Adler University library has supported the learning and research experiences of students since its creation in 1952 by Harold Mosak, one of our founders and original faculty members. The library also offers one of the world’s finest archives of Adlerian psychology materials.

Our library collection is vast – comprising more than 370,000 e-books, articles, journals, videos, and databases. Each year, we add to our library based on what our faculty teach and what our students need for their research. And if we don’t have a resource, we can help students get it via our interlibrary loan system that spans university and library systems around the world.

The Harold and Birdie Mosak Library, located on our Chicago Campus, offers an extensive range of print and digital resources to help students in their scholarly pursuits. Our dedicated staff of faculty librarians are experts in their field and assist students with finding resources and conducting research.

Adler University Center for Learning and Teaching

All students have access to the Adler University Center for Learning and Teaching, which offers a variety of resources to assist in writing and research. Students can get individual assistance and tutoring on writing, theses, and dissertations, as well as personalized consultation for statistics and research design.

Adler University’s Center for Learning and Teaching meets the co-curricular instruction needs of Adler University students on all campuses by providing support in:

  • Academic writing
  • Statistics and research design
  • APA citation
  • Dissertation and thesis format
  • Resume, CV, and cover letter preparation

Services are provided in person and online by Adler University writing professionals, faculty members, and Brainfuse tutors.

Faculty Spotlight

Mary Drout, Ph.D.

Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

I believe teaching is a privilege and a great responsibility; therefore, I bring passion and energy to courses I teach. I believe that all students have the ability to achieve. My hope is for students to finish each course having done self-exploration that leads to a new or deeper understanding of themselves and the world.

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Tour the Chicago Campus

Live and Learn in the City That Works

Located in the heart of the city, the Chicago Campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world and the latest technology. In our library, you will find every resource you need to research, form, and shape your journey. At Adler University, we have more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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Institutes & Centers

The health and well being of a community is one of the cornerstones of the Adler foundation and social justice mission. To that end, Adler University employs a community embedded service model of institutes and centers that provide our students with the first-hand experience in the real world, serving communities in need.


Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice

The Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) was created to address public safety challenges with socially just solutions. IPSSJ works with trauma-focused community groups to reduce criminalization in communities of color.


Adler Community Health Services

In keeping with the vision of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler, the Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) is a community-embedded program for Chicago and Vancouver communities in need of healthcare.

Faculty Spotlight

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Masters of Arts in Counseling Pyschology

Jennifer van Wyck, M.A. ’10, works in areas of the Middle East formerly controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group to help women who have experienced violence and their communities to heal. After receiving her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in Vancouver, Jennifer went on to help people in crisis as a global aid worker. She received a Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from the Canadian Government for her work assisting Ebola survivors and orphans in Sierra Leone. She later managed the International Medical Corps gender-based violence programs in Haiti and is now building and running its programs in the Middle East.

Faculty Spotlight

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Masters of Arts in Counseling Pyschology

Jennifer van Wyck, M.A. ’10, works in areas of the Middle East formerly controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group to help women who have experienced violence and their communities to heal. After receiving her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in Vancouver, Jennifer went on to help people in crisis as a global aid worker. She received a Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from the Canadian Government for her work assisting Ebola survivors and orphans in Sierra Leone. She later managed the International Medical Corps gender-based violence programs in Haiti and is now building and running its programs in the Middle East.

Faculty Spotlight

Name Here

Masters of Arts in Counseling Pyschology

Jennifer van Wyck, M.A. ’10, works in areas of the Middle East formerly controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group to help women who have experienced violence and their communities to heal. After receiving her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in Vancouver, Jennifer went on to help people in crisis as a global aid worker. She received a Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from the Canadian Government for her work assisting Ebola survivors and orphans in Sierra Leone. She later managed the International Medical Corps gender-based violence programs in Haiti and is now building and running its programs in the Middle East.

Admissions

Come prepared. At Adler University. Our students come from all walks of life and from all around the world. If you have the aptitude, resolve and academic resume, you are Adler material and more than welcome to join us in our quest to create a more just world.

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Catalog & Handbook

2022-2023 Terms

The 2021-2022 Adler University Catalog provides comprehensive information about degree programs, course descriptions, and academic and student policies.

Adler University’s Student Handbook is meant as a guide only and does not serve as a contract between Adler University and its students. Adler University reserves the right to alter its policies, procedures, curriculum, and to do so at any time, with or without advance notice, and to apply changes regarding current and future students alike.

In our archives, we maintain a collection of historical catalogs dating back to the early 1970’s. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email the Office of the Registrar or call (312) 662-4130. Please click here to access our Catalog Archives.

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