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Vancouver Programs

Graduate degrees in psychology,
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Vancouver Graduate Programs

Adler University in Vancouver, B.C., 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 the true Canadian spirit.

Every Adler program is created not only with specific milestones, relevant coursework, and expected outcomes, but also with the flexibility and creativity to help students think outside of the box to solve today’s major challenges faced by individuals and communities. With that in mind, graduates are prepared with real-world knowledge and experience necessary to pursue their goal of creating a more just society and driving change.

All degree programs are offered at Adler University Vancouver Campus with the consent of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and under the authority of the Degree Authorization Act.

Adler’s degree programs qualify for the Ministry’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which means the institution meets or exceeds quality assurance standards set by the Province of British Columbia.

The Ministry has also designated the University exempt status, providing expedited review of master’s degree proposals.

Explore our program offerings by degree type:

Master’s Programs

The Master of Applied Psychology program prepares socially responsible professionals with the core competences in applied research, business, and community applications.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology program prepares community mental health counsellors to be socially responsible practitioners in Canada’s public and private sectors. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware clinicians.
The Master of Counselling Psychology program offers a non-thesis option that prepares community mental health counsellors to be socially responsible practitioners based primarily in Canada’s public and private sectors. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware clinicians.
The Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program prepares students to work as counsellors, art therapists, and educators in a leading-edge field that combines the arts and psychology to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our unique degree offering trains graduates to be socially responsible practitioners who work with both words and images to treat individuals facing trauma, stress, and other life transitions in a wide range of settings.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration program prepares students with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and real-world experience to provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and their families across a wide range of settings. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware, and socially responsible clinicians.
The Master of Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration program offers a non-thesis option that prepares students with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and real-world experience to provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and their families in a wide range of settings. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware, and socially responsible clinicians.
The Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs offer thesis and non-thesis options that prepare students to foster workplaces that encourage leadership, innovation, and wellbeing. With organizations increasingly seeking out human behavior experts to improve business performance, specialists in this rapidly growing field are reshaping the 21st-century workplace. Our program prepares socially responsible specialists in industrial and organizational psychology to work in a wide variety of professional settings.
The Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology offers a non-thesis option that prepares students to foster workplaces that encourage leadership, innovation, and wellbeing. With organizations increasingly seeking out human behavior experts to improve business performance, specialists in this rapidly growing field are reshaping the 21st-century workplace. Our program prepares socially responsible specialists in industrial and organizational psychology to work in a wide variety of professional settings.
The Master of Public Policy and Administration program 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. Our program prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a range of management and consultant positions in Canada’s government and non-profit sectors.

Doctorate Programs

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program prepares students to be professional clinicians who empower individuals and address acute and chronic social justice issues that plague our society. Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations, including children, adults, seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and the severely and chronically mentally ill.

Adler’s Vancouver Campus

Students will 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.

Adler University Library

Vancouver students have access to library resources in the Learning Commons on campus and through an extensive online library collection. A dedicated librarian is also on campus to assist students with finding resources and conducting research, and the facilities offer lounge areas suitable for individual or collaborative group work.

Our collection is vast—comprising more than 370,000 e-books, articles, journals, videos, and databases. Each year, we add to the library based on what faculty teach and what students need for their research.

The University’s library has supported the learning and research experiences of students since its creation in 1952 by Harold Mosak, one of Adler’s founders and original faculty members.

 

Adler University Center for Learning and Teaching

All students have access to the Adler University Center for Learning and Teaching, which offers a variety of resources to assist in writing and research. Students can get individual assistance and tutoring on writing, theses, and dissertations, as well as personalized consultation for statistics and research design.

The Center for Learning and Teaching meets the co-curricular instruction needs of students on all campuses by providing support in:

  • Academic writing.
  • Statistics and research design.
  • APA citation.
  • Dissertation and thesis format.
  • Resume, CV, and cover letter preparation.

Services are provided in person and online by Adler University writing professionals, faculty members, and Brainfuse tutors.

Faculty Spotlight

Debbie Clelland, Ph.D.

Core faculty, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

As a teacher, I believe in holding the bar high, so students get the most from my classes. It’s very important for me to offer students the best educational opportunity possible. And I find that this philosophy fits with the University’s. Adler offers a very comprehensive and well-supported student experience.

Faculty Spotlight

Manal Guirguis-Younger, Ph.D.

Program Director, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

I believe education should be a transformational process for both students and educators. Educating socially responsible scholars and practitioners is more than simply the transfer of technical information or creating procedural competencies; it is about creating a dynamic space of exchange. In my classroom, I strive to create a teaching and learning environment that allows all participants to use new knowledge to situate themselves in broader society and become aware of their roles as active agents of change and part of the evolution of their communities.

Faculty Spotlight

Shawn Ireland, Ed.D.

Program Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs

Fostering environments that support exploring and challenging taken-for-granted or uncritically assimilated assumptions and values is the key to educating adults. This supports being curious about ideas, values, and beliefs and provides for a more robust and complete examination of the theories, models, and practices in the field of organizational psychology.

Tour the Vancouver Campus

Interested in taking a firsthand look at Adler’s state-of-the-art campus in Vancouver? Future Adlerians can view the facility virtually or in person, located at 520 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver.

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The Vancouver Campus has been providing counselling training since the early 1970s and officially became a campus of Adler University in 2005. As an integral component of Adler University, we maintain and advance its mission and vision while enjoying a culture and curriculum distinct to the Vancouver Campus.

Institutes & Centers

The health and wellbeing of a community is one of the cornerstones of the University’s social justice mission. To that end, Adler employs a community-embedded service model of institutes and centers that provide students with the firsthand experience in the real world, serving communities in need.


Adler Community Health Services

In keeping with the vision of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler, the Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) is a community-embedded program for Chicago and Vancouver communities in need of healthcare.


Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship

As all academic degree programs are shaped by Adlerian concepts and principles, the Center serves as a valuable resource for faculty and staff to ensure that students know the relevance of Alfred Adler and how it applies to their work and today’s social challenges.


Center for Civic Learning & Community Action

The Adler Social Justice Practicum (SJP) teaches the critical need for civic minded change agents who take community action to lead change. First year students are placed with community partners to complete challenging on-site projects that provide real world learning about social responsible practices. Again, Adler students learn by doing.


Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Understanding the need for an emphasis on diversity and inclusion within socially responsible practice, the Adler Black Student Association in Chicago and Vancouver are led by a Chief Diversity Officer and is designed to address equity in all university activities. At Adler, diversity and inclusion are more than words, they are words we live by.

Graduate Spotlight

Jennifer van Wyck

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, M.A.

Working in areas of the Middle East formerly controlled by the Islamic State, van Wyck helps women who have experienced violence and their communities to heal. Upon graduating from Adler, she became a global aid worker to help those in crisis, including Ebola survivors and orphans in Sierra Leone. Her work was recognized by the Canadian government and she was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (civil division). She later managed the International Medical Corps gender-based violence programs in Haiti and is now building and running them in the Middle East.

Graduate Spotlight

Manuel-Yvan Ekpini

Master of Public Policy and Administration, MPPA

“Every class, every discussion, and every experience at Adler has provided me with unique opportunities to learn and grow on personal and professional levels. The MPPA program creates a special environment for students who seek, through policy development, to support marginalized populations.”

Graduate Spotlight

Nazanin Fasihi

Master of Counselling Psychology, Master's

“I was taught from a young age to care for and respect others, put myself in the shoes of others, and to give back to my community,” said Fasihi. A mother of two, she organizes an event every year with her children and other families over Thanksgiving weekend in Canada to gather food for shelters in Vancouver.

Admissions

Come prepared. At Adler University, our students come from all walks of life and from all around the world. If you have the aptitude, resolve and academic resume, you are Adler material and more than welcome to join us in our quest to create a more just world.

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Catalog and Handbook

The 2022-2023 Adler University Catalog provides comprehensive information about degree programs, course descriptions, and academic and student policies.

Adler University’s 2022-2023 Student Handbook is meant as a guide only and does not serve as a contract between Adler University and its students. Adler University reserves the right to alter its policies, procedures, curriculum, and to do so at any time, with or without advance notice, and to apply changes regarding current and future students alike.

In our archives, we maintain a collection of historical catalogs dating back to the early 1970’s. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email the Office of the Registrar or call (312) 662-4130. Please click here to access our Catalog Archives.

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