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Online | Master of Arts

Master’s (M.A.) in Psychology

Program Overview

Program Overview

The M.A. in Psychology delivers the knowledge base 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 learn to utilize data-driven analysis and apply ethical and socially responsible psychological principles within organizations, groups, and diverse communities around the globe.

Our program emphasizes Alfred 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.

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can be completed from anywhere in the world, without having to sacrifice the academic rigor and personalized attention that has characterized Adler University for more than 65 years.



As part of the online M.A. in 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 and 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. 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.

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 many health and psychology-related careers in public service or professional, college, or high school sports organizations.



Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology program will complete 36-credit hours of course work, including 22-credit hours of core course work, 9-credit hours of elective course work, 2-credits of Social Justice Practicum and 3-credit hours of Capstone or Thesis. The M.A. in Psychology can be completed in as little as 12 months.

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

Core Coursework
  • History & Systems for Applied Psychology
  • Ethics & Socially Responsible Practice for Applied Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Diversity & Individual Differences
  • Adlerian Psychology: Community Applications
  • Cognitive, Affective & Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Adlerian Theory for Socially Responsible Practice
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV
Concentration/Elective Coursework
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Social and Cultural Evolution of Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Justice, Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • The Psychology of Conflict and Operations Other Than War
  • Supporting Functional Needs Populations in Disasters
  • Leading in Times of Crisis
  • Lifespan Development
  • Multicultural Youth Development
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Positive Psychology for Health and Wellness
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches to Health & Wellness
  • Biological Bases for Health and Wellness
  • Survey of Military Psychology
  • Operational Psychology for the Military
  • Mental Health Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • The Psychology of Conflict and Operations Other Than War
  • Ethics, Morality, and Social Justice in the Military
  • War, Trauma, Grief, Death, and Loss
  • Psychological Resilience and Positive Psychology
  • Culture and Diversity in the Military
  • Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Group Dynamics
  • Talent Selection and Recruitment
  • Talent Management
  • Continuum of Care for the Military, Veterans, and Their Families
  • Training Theory
  • Workplace Measurement and Performance Management
  • Consulting and Coaching
  • Employee Development
  • E-Learning
  • Data Science
  • Data Analytics for Programming
Thesis or Capstone Courses
  • MA Capstone OR
  • MA Thesis (may be repeated multiple times for credit; 3 credit hours of thesis are required)

Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. 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.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to have:

  • A baccalaureate degree, by the date of matriculation, earned from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered for conditional admission by submitting two letters of recommendation from a current professor, supervisor, and/or someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program. Exceptions may be made for applicants with a conferred graduate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two letters of recommendation**
Conditional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first two courses in order to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve a full admission status.

Provisional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university.

**Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

Online Learning Format

Online Learning Format

Adler University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our 65-year history. Our innovative online graduate courses deliver an engaging, interactive learning experience designed to accommodate your busy schedule.

Online learning offers a great deal of independence and flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Our online student body is supported by the same administrative and academic staff who serve our on-campus students. Your instructors are also available to answer your questions, provide more information, and connect you with additional resources to help you succeed. In addition, your cohort classmates will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

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You may have a fulltime job, family obligations or other things that command your attention. We get it. That said, you have a passion to make the world a better place. We have online programs that are crafted and curated to give you skills to make it happen.

No matter where in the world or in life you are.

Adler is a tight knit community of radical thinkers and doers. Know, that as an online student, you are not alone. You are one of us. The work you will be asked to do, will be the same as every other Adler student. The skills you will learn will be just as powerful. And the degree you will receive, will speak just as loudly.

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