Preparing students to be leaders 
and advocates for justice and equity.

Preparing students to be leaders
and advocates for justice and equity.

Master of Public Policy Program Highlights

  • Train to be a policy and advocacy leader fostering a more equitable and just society.
  • Earn your degree in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Public Policy program offers an academically rigorous curriculum that prepares students to be public policy leaders, with a choice of two concentrations: Community Health or Human Rights. With a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating policy interventions that promote not only health, but also political, social, and economic justice, our program emphasizes the interconnected sociocultural, physical, economic and political factors that shape our society.

The Community Health Concentration prepares graduates to lead government policy and advocacy efforts that advance positive social change in communities. With cities around the world facing unprecedented population growth, our program trains students to work toward creating urban environments that promote mental health and well-being. Students focus on the role of participatory governance and community collaboration to counter urban environmental risk factors and improve overall well-being.

The Human Rights Advocacy Concentration prepares graduates to lead policy and advocacy efforts that foster human rights and social justice domestically and internationally. This concentration trains policy professionals to work in governmental, nonprofit, or private sectors applying established human rights standards, laws, and treaties. Students focus on broader social, economic, political, and environmental issues in a theoretical and historical context within our practice-based curriculum.

Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to address today’s most
urgent challenges.


Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for roles specializing in healthy communities, such as:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program administrator
  • Community organizer
  • Nonprofit or for-profit community service provider
  • Project management
  • Advocacy and policy council strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Municipal planning and development
  • Community leadership or advocacy
  • Government representative or legislator

The range of opportunities in public policy continues to grow: with national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the tools to create real change through policy and advocacy with small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field. Our immersive learning environment brings together classroom teaching with opportunities to gain real-world experience and implement solutions grounded in empirical research.

Connect to unique professional development opportunities tailored to your career goals in the public service sector. Working with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, students get hands-on policy experience and cultivate the skills to become agents of positive social change.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an experiential capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can either be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Courses are offered in the evenings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.