Admission FAQ

Helping you navigate the graduate 
school application process.

Helping you navigate the graduate
school application process.

Admission FAQ

As you evaluate your options for graduate study, we encourage you to attend a prospective student Information Session or an Open House, or take a virtual tour of our campus. If you are unable to attend an information session and would like to schedule an individual visit with an admission representative, please email the Office of Admissions or phone 236.521.2409.

  1. What are the application deadlines for the degree programs?

    In addition to our early consideration and priority admissions deadlines, Adler University employs a rolling admissions process for all academic programs, which means we continue to accept applications until all spaces in our programs have been filled. While this offers additional time to complete an application, it is important to note that our programs fill early, and securing official transcripts and letters of recommendation can take time.
  2. Can degree programs be completed on an evening and/or weekend basis?

    All Vancouver Campus Masters of Psychology programs offer coursework at a variety of times: day, evening, and weekend; and can be completed on a part-time basis.

    The Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) in Clinical Psychology program is offered on a full-time basis, with classes primarily in the daytime.
  3. Are degree programs accredited?

    Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. 

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462

All degree programs offered at the Adler University Vancouver Campus, have ministerial consent under the authority of the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB), Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of British Columbia.

Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB)
Ministry of Advanced Education
Government of British Columbia

  1. Is the GRE required for admission?

    We do not require the GRE for our masters-level programs, but you are welcome to submit your scores to include with your application. If you choose to include your scores in your application, they will be reviewed by our Admissions Committee.

    We require the General GRE for all Psy. D. applications. You may take the computer-based test any day Monday to Sunday, if it is offered in your area. Further information about the GRE can be found through the testing service.
  2. How much is tuition?

    Please click here to read complete information about our degree program tuition.
  3. What types of financial assistance are available to Adler University students?

    Adler University offers a wide variety of financial aid options to students.
  4. Do I need a degree or background in psychology to apply?

    You are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. You are not required to have completed a psychology degree to be considered for admission to our programs. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds to apply; each program has specific requirements.

    For our masters-level programs you are required to complete the equivalent of 12-semester credit hours in psychology with grades of "C" or better. Courses must be general or introductory psychology, research methods and other related courses based on the program to which you are applying.

    For our Psy.D. program, you are required to have an honours baccalaureate degree in psychology or the equivalent from an accredited institution. Equivalency means at least 60 credits of coursework in psychology, or a related discipline.
  5. Can I submit an application for admission if I have not completed the prerequisites?

    We encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible, even prior to completion of admission prerequisites. If admitted, any outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the start of your first term. Many students complete prerequisite courses at Adler University.
  6. Does Adler University accept transfer credit?

    If accepted for admission, you may be granted transfer credit for graduate level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into an M.A. program and a maximum of 24 credits may be transferred into the Psy.D. program. Students wishing to transfer from other graduate programs must submit a letter from the dean of their previous program stating they are in good academic standing and free from academic or disciplinary inquiry or action.
  7. Do you offer any non-thesis programs?

    Yes, we do offer a non-thesis Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) program. If you intend to pursue a Ph.D. or academic or research work following your graduate degree, you are encouraged to apply to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MAC) program. With both our thesis and non-thesis counselling degrees, you are able to register and practice as a licensed clinical counsellor.

  8. Do you require your applicants to have experience in counselling?

    Applicants to our Counselling Psychology programs (thesis and non-thesis) should provide evidence of existing counselling aptitude prior to admission to the program. Applicants can demonstrate this requirement in various ways including undergraduate counselling skills coursework, supervised counselling experience (such as crisis line training), or other experience deemed relevant by the Admissions Committee.


Contact the Vancouver Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
520 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B3J5