Empower marginalized communities 
through social change.

Empower marginalized communities
through social change.

Public Policy and Administration Program Highlights

  • Train for a career in policy and advocacy for healthier, more just communities.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening and weekend classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Public Policy & Administration: Social Change Leadership concentration prepares graduates to head government and community efforts that advance a more just society. Our program trains students in the core theory, research methods, applied skills, and field experience they need to address intolerance, discrimination, and inequality.

Our innovative program addresses the content areas for public policy and administration programs defined by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), along with unique training in domains not found in other programs, such as community psychology and communications.

Canada offers its citizens and residents the experience of living in a society that strives for social justice and inclusion, yet many remain marginalized, oppressed, and disenfranchised. Adler University’s Social Change Leadership concentration offers students the knowledge and skills to advocate for policy and programmatic reforms needed to address inequities and injustice.


Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of management and consultant positions in Canada’s government and non-profit sectors—in social policy development, analysis, and reform, administration, and social service.

Roles include:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program administrator
  • Community organizer
  • Advocacy and policy council strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Government leader at local, provincial, and national level

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and tools to create positive social change through policy and administration, learning through small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field.

You’ll get hands-on experience and prepare for policy and administration work, leadership, and advocacy—and connect to unique professional development opportunities through the University’s network of community partners.

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

Earn your degree in two years of full-time study.

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, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and career 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.