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Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Applied Psychology (MOAP) program is an applied, nonclinical degree, designed to prepare socially responsible professionals and leaders with the core competences in applied research, business, and community applications. Students learn a variety of skills for leadership, program management and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication, and will be able to apply their knowledge of diverse areas of psychology to work in multiple domains and across settings.

The MAP program is offered in a flexible, blended format, with some courses being offered online.

As part of their studies, students will select one of three 9-credit concentrations:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Resource Management

The MAP program includes a comprehensive range of coursework and applied experiences that meet or exceed the core competencies for professional organizations related to the field of applied psychology such as the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the American Management Association (AMA). The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including summer semesters.

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      As part of the Master of Applied Psychology, students will select from three distinct concentrations – Health and Wellness. Gender and Sexuality, and Human Resource Management – that are tailored to their desired career or educational path, and modified for the unique Canadian environment.

      Health and Wellness

      In the Health and Wellness concentration, 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 many health and psychology-related careers in public service or professional, college, or high school sports organizations.

      Gender and Sexuality

      The concentration in Gender and Sexuality 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. Also, 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.

      Human Resources Management

      Students in the Human Resources Management concentration learn to view human resources from a strategic perspective to help an organization meet its goals and objectives. In the concentration, students will focus on designing comprehensive human resource programs, understanding risk management, and navigating change management within an organization. Graduates of the program will also be prepared to pursue the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification.

      Student Outcomes

      Program Objectives

      • Program Objective 1: Analyze principles and theories that impact individuals, systems, and groups within diverse cross-cultural communities.
      • Program Objective 2: Evaluate ethical standards in a variety of environments and social systems as they relate to practical problem-solving within the practice of applied psychology.
      • Program Objective 3: Devise evidence-based qualitative and quantitative research strategies that are responsive to diverse system needs within the field of applied psychology.
      • Program Objective 4 Advance cultural competence by evaluating dynamic problems of human experience and proposing socially responsible solutions.
      • Program Objective 5: Provide critical analysis of local and global systems within the professional practice of applied psychology.
      • Program Objective 6: Develop skills to evaluate the efficacy and social impact of programs.


      Graduates of the Master of Applied Psychology Program will apply their professional skill and knowledge base to various fields in entry level to middle management roles related to:

      • Human Resources
      • Government
      • Business and Industry
      • Healthcare
      • Education
      • Forensics
      • Addictions
      • Criminal Justice
      • Family and Domestic Violence
      • Child and Older Adult Services
      • Public Safety and Emergency Management
      • Nongovernmental Organizations and Nonprofits
      Professional Development & Training

      Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change in the workplace with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars.

      Our program offers extensive individualized advising and mentorship to ensure students develop their leadership capacity, a collective act that requires personal mastery and the ability to cultivate high-quality relationships. Students learn to identify and build on others’ strengths and talents to create authentic, generative relationships in service of a purposeful vocational life.

      The program also features a core professional practicum tailored to students’ career goals. Through our partnership network, students gain real-world experience and build their professional reputation among those who are redefining work in the 21st century.


      The Master of Applied Psychology requires the following 39 credits of coursework.

      Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

      Core Coursework

      Courses include a mix of both online and in-person classes.

      MOAP 500 History & Systems for Applied Psychology (3 cr.) (Online)

      This course will focus on the conceptual origins and evolution of modern ideas in applied psychology with an emphasis on historical and contemporary viewpoints that have influenced and shaped accepted models and systems within the field.

      MOAP 501 Current Issues and Applications in the Psychological Sciences I (3 cr.) (In-Person)

      This course provides an overview of foundational psychological sciences and the related applications in the field. A broad review of scientific approaches to inquiry, methodological frameworks, professional skills, and application will be reviewed in fundamental areas of psychology.

      MOAP 502 Current Issues and Applications in the Psychological Sciences II (3 cr.) (In-Person)

      This course provides an overview of foundational psychological sciences and the related applications in the field. A broad review of scientific approaches to inquiry, methodological frameworks, professional skills, and application will be reviewed in fundamental areas of psychology.

      MPPA 570 - Ethics, Diversity & Socially Responsible Practice (3 cr.) (Online)

      This course focuses on establishing and promoting ethical and socially responsible practice within the field of applied psychology. Students will evaluate human rights, welfare, and public health and safety of groups and individuals as these constructs relate to the practice of applied psychology.

      MAIOP 546 Research Methods in Organization Psychology (3 cr.) (In-Person)

      This course discusses the assumptions and methods of a range of research designs used in Organizational and Applied Psychology research. A critical assessment is provided of the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and their application to the study of individual, group and organizational behaviour.

      MOAP 505 Diversity & Individual Differences (3 cr.) (In-Person)

      In this course, students will examine the value and nature of diversity and individual differences within groups, communities, and global environments in contemporary society. This course will explore the meaning and dimensions of diversity from an individual and systems perspective and the various contexts of diversity at the individual, group, domestic, organizational, and global level.

      MOAP 506 - Cognitive, Affective, and Biological Bases of Behaviour (3 cr.) (Online)

      This course explores biological bases of behaviour throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on practical applications of current neuroscience research. Students will critically analyze practical situations as they relate to the impact of biological structures and physiological systems on psychological functioning.

      MPPA 500 Principles of Community Psychology (3 cr.) (In-Person)

      Community Psychology investigates a range of pervasive social justice issues that impact the well-being of individuals and communities. In this course students will study a wide variety of forces and structures in the community which affect the positive growth, development, and functioning of its members.

      MOAP 508 Project Preparation (1 cr.) (In-Person)

      This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to meet in a group format with peers and faculty as a part of the comprehensive specialty project advising process. With guidance from faculty members and peers, students will review an discuss their project topics and research methodologies.


      MOAP 509 - Project I (2 cr.) (In-Person)

      The Project course provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a project that will reflect their learning and training experiences throughout the program.

      MOAP 510 - Project II (1 cr.) (In-Person)

      The Project course provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a project that will reflect their learning and training experiences throughout the program.

      MOAP 511 - Project Continuation (0 cr.) (In-Person)

      **If needed. The Project course provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a project that will reflect their learning and training experiences throughout the program.

      Concentration in Health & Wellness

      MOAP 512 Positive Psychology for Health & Wellness (3 cr.)

      This course will explore the history, theory, and research methods of positive psychology as it applies to professional settings and the public health sector. Students will be exposed to the methodology in assessment of positive emotions, character strengths, and meaning in life.

      MOAP 513 Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Health & Wellness (3 cr.)

      This course provides an introduction to mindfulness and other meditative and mind-body approaches to counseling. The course focuses on theory, technique, and practice. No prior experience with meditation is required, though students must be willing to practice selected techniques daily throughout the semester, as meditative and mind-body techniques cannot be learned through description alone.

      MOAP 514 Biological Bases for Health & Wellness (3 cr.)

      This course will provide an overview of biological, physiological, and pharmacological foundations for optimal human development and psychological wellbeing. Students will be exposed to different explanatory models of human functioning from a naturalistic and holistic organism perspective.

      Concentration in Gender Studies

      MOAP 515 Theories of Gender & Sexuality (3 cr.)

      This course provides an overview of theories related to both gender and sexuality, touching upon foundational frameworks before moving on to more current perspectives. Course materials introduce students to social constructionist and biological notions of gender and use an interdisciplinary lens to explore the ways in which gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientations can be regarded.

      MOAP 516 Social and Cultural Co-Evolution of Gender & Sexuality (3 cr.)

      This course examines key terms and debates in the study of gender and sexuality through an intersectional and interdisciplinary lens that uses a global perspective.

      MOAP 517 Social Justice, Gender, Sexuality & the Law (3 cr.)

      This course provides a social justice-oriented introduction to the relationship between the law and gender and sexuality. Students will learn how to critique legal texts and the law itself, particularly in relation to both gender and sexuality.

      Concentration in Human Resources

      MAIOP 576 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

      This course provides students with an introduction to human resource management and the role of psychological theory and methodology in promoting strategic utilization and development of human resources in organizations.

      MAIOP 578 Personnel Selection and Assessment (3 cr.)

      This course focused on how to conduct practical and professional psychological assessments for the purpose of personnel selection and development in organizational settings.

      MAIOP 590 Career Development and Executive Succession (1 cr.)

      This course will prepare students to work within a workforce planning framework to assess and advise on internal candidates’ career aspirations and options. Students will also learn the principles of identifying and developing leadership competencies.

      MAIOP 591 Human Resource Development (1 cr.)

      This course will introduce students to core concepts and theories of adult learning and development. In addition, students will be introduced to the principles and practices of training and development.

      MAIOP 220 Consulting Skills (1 cr.)

      This course is designed to help the student develop “core” management consulting skills. These include relationship skills with internal and external consulting clients and stakeholders, contracting, managing and delivering responses to requests for proposals (RFPs), designing and delivering a training intervention, and the role and expectations of a consultant.

      Social Justice Practicum

      MAIOP 222 Social Justice Practicum I (1 cr.)

      The SJP is a non-clinical and non-discipline specific experience to help students learn how to work alongside communities as agents of social change. It serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.

      MAIOP 225 Social Justice Practicum II (1 cr.)

      The SJP is a non-clinical and non-discipline specific experience to help students learn how to work alongside communities as agents of social change. It serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.

      Social Justice Practicum

      200-hour internship to give students real world experience

      A unique and proven program designed to give students real-world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

      Learn about Adler’s Social Justice Practicum

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      Admissions Requirements

      At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a strong record of academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

      Applicants to the program must have the following:

      • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
      • Evidence of interest and experience in social change efforts
      • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate or graduate coursework.
      • Completion, with a grade of C or better, of a three-credit course in research methods.

      International students must have a minimum score in one of the following English proficiency tests:

      • 92 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with no band lower than 22
      • 7.0 IELTS overall with no bands below 6.5
      • PTE must have a minimum score of 62

      Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

      • Application and application fee
      • Statement of Intent answering the following questions:
        • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
        • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
        • What are your career goals and interests?
      • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
        • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
        • Unofficial transcripts are accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
        • Applicants with international (outside the U.S. or Canada) post-secondary education should send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office as this program is exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation. Please speak to your Admissions Advisor if you require more details.

      All applicants who meet the minimum requirements in (1) and (2) will be required to interview with a program representative. Applicants will be assessed on their academic background, work and/or volunteer experience, fit with university mission and the program of interest. Based on the interview, the decision will be (a) direct admission to the graduate program of interest (MOAP), or (b) admission to the Graduate Preparatory Program (GPP) + MOAP or (c) denied admission.

      International applicants without a social sciences background or with an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and a writing band score of 6.5, or an Internet-based TOEFL of 88 and a writing band of at least 22, may also be considered for admission with a requirement to start in the Graduate Preparatory Program to fulfill the language and/or prerequisite requirements.

      Students who are admitted to the GPP are required to successfully complete this 12-week, non-credit program.

      *Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

      Tuition & Fees

      Tuition for Adler University’s programs is charged each term according to the number of registered academic credits. The number of credits a student will register for varies by academic program and by term. To estimate the amount of tuition and fees that would be charged in a given term, please use our Tuition Estimator tool below, or read about tuition and fees for all Vancouver programs.

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