Solve real-world problems 
and foster social justice.

Solve real-world problems
and foster social justice.

Master of Arts in Applied Psychology

  • Empower individuals and organizations to tackle complex problems with a unique master’s degree focused on psychological insights and socially responsible solutions.
  • Earn your degree two years of study in our flexible online program. 
  • Blend data-driven analysis and empirical research with a passion for social justice.
  • Learn from expert faculty and join a forward-thinking community of individuals committed to changing the world.

Our Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program trains leaders to bring cutting-edge psychological insights and socially responsible solutions to complex issues in the public and private sector. This innovative degree prepares professionals to be visionaries in their chosen field, shaping dynamic workplaces and environments to fuel human potential.

Our unique curriculum emphasizes inclusiveness and culturally competent practices within a framework of rigorously applied research. Working with expert faculty, students gain the knowledge and tools to apply ethical and socially responsible action within organizations, groups, and diverse communities around the globe. All students complete their studies with a Capstone or Thesis  that tackles a current or emerging social justice problem in the field.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training professionals who are committed to a more just society.

Emphasis in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Students may opt to enhance their learning with an emphasis in gender and sexuality studies, which highlights the significant influence and impact of gender and sexuality within culture and society; explores how gender and sexuality shape power dynamics; and looks closely at issues specific to gender and sexual minorities. In addition, this emphasis explores the influence of media, law, and policy on gender and sexuality, and the evolution of these intertwined elements.

Emphasis in Crisis Management

This emphasis trains students to respond to and manage the impact of natural, accidental, or premeditated disasters and a disaster’s effect on communities. Further, there is a special focus on those communities that are at-risk and/or marginalized during times of crises. Students will prepare to serve as effective first-responders and recovery specialists, who can advocate for healthy and resilient communities in the immediate aftermath of an acute or chronic crisis. Attention is given to the critical period following a crisis where underlying vulnerabilities for psychological distress and other poor health outcomes may be exacerbated. Coursework prepares students to identify and foster psychological resiliency and promote healthy and resilient communities. Students will develop leadership skills that promote positive growth and development using natural strengths and resources inherently present in communities by way of engaging community leaders and traditionally marginalized and at-risk members of the community using primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention approaches.

Emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development 

This emphasis focuses on youth development and how to optimize networks and resources, particularly within traditionally underserved populations. Students will be exposed to models of psychosocial development from key theoretical perspectives and apply these models to diverse social contexts. Students will also gain an understanding of unique challenges presented throughout the lifespan and the impact of social, emotional, and educational support. This emphasis focuses on the importance of fostering social interest and community connections among children and adolescents.

Emphasis in Health and Wellness

Students in this emphasis will learn how to maximize the potential resources within diverse individuals and complex social groups. A focus will be placed on analyzing social systems and structures necessary to strengthen community wellbeing and enhance individual integrity. Further, health promotion and health communities will be situated within the biopsychosocial model of human growth and development to explore the extent to which contextual factors may influence healthy and sustainable lifestyle change. Illness management and recovery will be conceptualized from an evidence-based perspective while specifically attending to positive psychology theory and effective practice.


Our program prepares specialists in applied psychology to work as internal and external consultants or full-time professionals in a variety of fields, including:

  • Health clinics and care facilities
  • Nonprofit Systems
  • Public and Behavioral Healthcare Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Sports Psychology
  • Addictions
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Public Safety and Emergency Management Systems
  • Non-clinical Youth and Older Adult Services

Professional Development & Training

Gain the skills to create real change in the workplace with actionable, strategic insights and leadership focused on socially responsible practice.

Our experienced faculty members guide students through a groundbreaking online curriculum that includes individualized mentorship to develop leadership capacity, a collective act that requires personal mastery and cultivation of high-quality relationships.

Our program emphasizes Adler’s commitment to social justice, inclusiveness, and socially responsible practice, giving students tools to transform work culture to better serve the needs of individuals and communities. 

Format & Support

Our fully online program is designed with working professionals in mind and can be completed on your timeline from anywhere in the world. All the while, you will receive the academic rigor and personalized attention that has characterized Adler University for more than 65 years.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, 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.