Solve real-world problems 
and foster social justice.

Solve real-world problems
and foster social justice.


Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology program will complete 36 credit hours of course work, including 22 credit hours of core course work, 9 credit hours of elective course work, 2 credits of Social Justice Practicum and 3 credit hours of Capstone or Thesis.

Core Coursework

  • History & Systems for Applied Psychology
  • Ethics & Socially Responsible Practice for Applied Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Diversity & Individual Differences
  • Adlerian Psychology: Community Applications
  • Cognitive, Affective & Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Adlerian Theory for Socially Responsible Practice
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV

Concentration/Elective Coursework

  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Social and Cultural Evolution of Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Justice, Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • The Psychology of Conflict and Operations Other Than War
  • Supporting Functional Needs Populations in Disasters
  • Leading in Times of Crisis
  • Lifespan Development
  • Multicultural Youth Development
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Positive Psychology for Health and Wellness
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches to Health & Wellness
  • Biological Bases for Health and Wellness
  • Survey of Military Psychology
  • Operational Psychology for the Military
  • Mental Health Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • The Psychology of Conflict and Operations Other Than War
  • Ethics, Morality, and Social Justice in the Military
  • War, Trauma, Grief, Death, and Loss
  • Psychological Resilience and Positive Psychology
  • Culture and Diversity in the Military
  • Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Group Dynamics
  • Talent Selection and Recruitment 
  • Talent Management 
  • Continuum of Care for the Military, Veterans, and Their Families 
  • Training Theory
  • Workplace Measurement and Performance Management
  • Consulting and Coaching
  • Employee Development
  • E-Learning 
  • Data Science
  • Data Analytics for Programming

Thesis or Capstone Courses

  • MA Capstone OR
  • MA Thesis (may be repeated multiple times for credit; 3 credit hours of thesis are required)

Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Social Justice Practicum

The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, non-clinical and non-discipline specific experiential practicum that begins in the second course period of the student’s program. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change; and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity. The SJP unites our academic institution and larger communities, which is an anchor of student learning at Adler University. This experiential learning process includes attending monthly workshops to explore civics, intersectionality, and community organizing and completing a practicum at community-based organizations to work on projects that will strengthen the social justice missions of our community partner members. Click here to learn more about the Social Justice Practicum.