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Vancouver | Master of

Master’s in Public Policy
& Administration

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Public Policy & Administration (MPPA): Social Change Leadership concentration prepares graduates to head government and community efforts that advance a more just society. Our program trains students to create positive social change through policy and administration.

The innovative MPPA 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 social justice.

Our program prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of positions in Canada’s government and non-profit sectors—in social policy development, analysis, and reform, administration, and social service.



The Master of Public Policy and Administration: Social Change Leadership concentration is a 36-credit hour program. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below

Core Courses
  • Principles of Community Psychology
  • Public Policy Analysis and Application
  • Organizational Leadership & Management Practice
  • Social Program Planning and Implementation
  • Public Sector Governance
  • Ethics, Diversity and Socially Responsible Practice
  • Applied Research Methods I: Models and Analytics
  • Applied Research Methods II: Applications
  • Economy and Economic Analysis
Social Change Leadership Concentration Courses
  • Foundations of Community Development
  • Advocacy Strategy and Tactics for Social Change.
  • Social Change Leadership: Professional Practicum and Capstone Project

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

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 during their first year of study. 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


Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of 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 towards the end of your studies.

Admissions Requirements

Admission 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.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work.
  • Completion, with a grade of C or better, of two, three-credit courses (six credits total) in program-relevant areas such as political science, sociology, women’s or gender studies, economics, policy, community development, research methods, and statistics; equivalencies are considered;
  • Evidence of interest and experience in community and social change efforts; and
  • International students, whose first language is not English, are required to receive a score of 88 or better on the iBT (Internet based) TOEFL or 6.5 (overall) on IELTS.  Students with IELTS 6.5 overall & 6.0 in writing, or 6.0 overall, are required to successfully complete a 12-week, non-credit Graduate Preparatory Program.

Students must complete all coursework required for the program at the Adler University, Vancouver Campus. The only exceptions to this policy are any courses accepted for transfer credit in accordance with the University’s official Transfer Credit policy as well as the policy internship.

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

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages double-spaced) 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
  • Two letters of Recommendation (Optional).
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities.

International Applicants

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.

*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.


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Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit.

You’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and class windows have deliberately been situated to stimulate thought. These things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

Studying in Vancouver does have its added advantages. They are the land, sea and call of the wild. All of which, we encourage you to experience. This is the great outdoors and a very different school of thought. You’ll want to experience it all.

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