Advance human rights 
through policy and advocacy.

Advance human rights
through policy and advocacy.

Master of Public Policy Program Highlights

  • Train to be a policy leader advancing human rights and social justice around the globe.
  • 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: Human Rights Advocacy concentration prepares graduates to lead policy and advocacy efforts that foster human rights and social justice domestically and internationally. Our program trains policy professionals to work in governmental, nonprofit, or private sectors applying established human rights standards, laws, and treaties.

Our innovative program meets the standards of the Higher Learning Commission and offers an academically rigorous curriculum that prepares students to be public policy leaders with a focus on human rights-based advocacy.

Our immersive learning environment brings together classroom teaching with opportunities to gain real-world experience and implement solutions grounded in empirical research. 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 human rights, 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.

Connect to unique professional development opportunities through the University’s network of hundreds of community partners. You’ll get hands-on policy experience and cultivate the skills to become an agent of positive social change. Prepare for policy work, leadership, and advocacy focused on international human rights treatises, concepts, and international governmental and quasi-governmental bodies such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will also 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. We offer evening classes.

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.