Vancouver | Master’s | Doctorate
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.
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.
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.
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:
Services are provided in person and online by Adler University writing professionals, faculty members, and Brainfuse tutors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The 2023-2024 Adler University Catalog provides comprehensive information about degree programs, course descriptions, and academic and student policies.
Adler University’s 2023-2024 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 (236) 521-2418. Please click here to access our Catalog Archives.