Overview

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.

Adler University’s Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program trains socially responsible leaders to take the next step in their careers across a wide range of fields and disciplines. This innovative degree prepares professionals to be visionaries in their chosen field, using cutting-edge psychological insights and data-driven analysis to shape dynamic workplaces and environments to fuel human potential.

The M.A. in Applied Psychology delivers the knowledge and skills necessary to grow your career or branch into a terminal degree across a broad range of applications and industries. Working with expert faculty, students gain the knowledge and tools to apply ethical and socially responsible psychological principles within organizations, groups, and diverse communities around the globe.

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. Additionally, all students complete their studies with a Social Justice Practicum that tackles a current or emerging social justice problem in the field.

As part of the online M.A. in Applied Psychology, students will select from four distinct concentrations – Gender and Sexuality Studies, Crisis Management, Child and Adolescent Development, and Health and Wellness – tailored to their desired career or educational path. 

Concentration in Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies highlights the significant influence and impact of gender and sexuality within culture and society. Students will explore how gender and sexuality shape power dynamics, and look closely at issues specific to gender and sexual minorities. In addition, this concentration analyzes the influence of media, law, and policy on gender and sexuality, and the evolution of these intertwined elements. Students will graduate prepared for a variety of careers in corporate gender and diversity, family support and mental health settings.

Concentration in Crisis Management

Students who choose the Concentration in Crisis Management train to respond to and manage the impact of natural, accidental, or premeditated disasters and their effect on communities – especially those populations who are already vulnerable. Further, there is a special focus on serving those communities that are at-risk and/or marginalized during times of crisis. Students will learn to identify and foster psychological resiliency and advocate for healthy and resilient communities – especially in the immediate aftermath of an acute or chronic crisis. Additionally, students will develop and strengthen leadership skills that promote positive community growth and development.

Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development 

The Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development focuses on youth development and the importance of fostering social interest and community connections among children and adolescents, particularly within traditionally underserved populations. Students will be exposed to models of psychosocial development and learn how to apply these models to diverse social contexts. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the unique challenges presented throughout childhood and adolescence, and the impact of social, emotional, and educational support. This concentration prepares students for a range of careers in the education and mental health fields.

Concentration in Health and Wellness

In the Concentration in Health and Wellness, students will learn how to utilize psychological principles to maximize, strengthen, and enhance community and individual well-being. Further, students will use the biopsychosocial model of human growth and development to explore health promotion and healthy communities. Illness management and recovery will be conceptualized from an evidence-based perspective while specifically attending to positive psychology theory and effective practice. Students in this concentration will be prepared for a number of health- and psychology-related careers in public service or professional, college or high school sports organizations.

Careers

Adler’s online M.A. in Applied Psychology degree prepares you for a variety of socially responsible careers in both public and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are prepared to utilize the psychological principles and management and leadership skills needed to address some of society's most challenging social issues.

Our program prepares specialists in applied psychology to advance their career across a variety of roles, including:

  • Mental Health Professional
  • Family Support Advocate
  • Corporate Gender and Diversity Officer
  • Sexual Trauma Advocate
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Forensic Identification Specialist
  • Research Data Analyst
  • Mental Performance Coach
  • Health and Wellness Specialist

Professional Development & Training

Alfred Adler’s focus on community life, prevention, and population health serves as the inspiration for the Social Justice Practicum. You’ll gain real-world experience working alongside a partner organization to advance real social change in the community. Alongside the practicum, you’ll complete online modules that introduce you to social justice principles. The Practicum will conclude with a presentation of your findings. 

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.