Adler School of Professional Psychology

65 East Wacker Place Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60601-7298

School Details

The Adler School of Professional Psychology follows its namesake, Alfred Adler, a physician and psychotherapist who promoted individual psychology in a positive relationship to the community environment. Founder of the college, Rudolf Dreikurs, established the private, not-for-profit school in 1952 in Chicago, and Adler School adopted its current name in 1991. Through the years, Adler School has retained a focus on missions, operating a group therapy program in Cook County Jail, along with a community health center and training program. By the 1970s, Adler School gained the accreditation to issue Master’s degrees and conferred the first Doctorate degree in 1990. Currently, Adler School of Professional Psychology maintains campuses in Chicago, Vancouver, British Columbia, and online, and gives students the options to pursue 11 graduate programs, including Master’s and Doctorate degrees, and certificate programs. Furthermore, Adler School supports the following institutes and centers:

  •     Institute on Social Inclusion
  •     Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice
  •     LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center
  •     Adler Child Guidance Center.
The Adler School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Doctorate program in clinical psychology and select Master’s degrees in behavioral sciences are accredited by the American Psychological Association. In addition, Adler School retains recognition by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Degree Quality Assessment Board via the Government of British Columbia and the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association.

Adler School supports online learning for convenience of working professionals. The School offers students the option to complete online Master of Arts degrees in:
  •     Criminology
  •     Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  •     Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology.
Students pursuing the 36-credit Criminology degree study subjects blending “criminology, psychology, and social justice” and can complete the degree in 24 months or less. The Industrial & Organizational Psychology program requires the completion of 42-credits while the 36-credit Military Psychology degree prepares students for work in behavioral and medical health systems occupations. In addition to the above online programs, Adler School offers a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in a hybrid format that blends online learning with on-campus programs for part-time professionals.

Admission requirements vary by degree program. Prerequisites typically include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, specific program prerequisites like a minimum GPA and prior work experience, and proof of English language proficiency. Prospective students will need to submit the application and fee, along with a personal statement, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae. The Admissions Committee will then review the experiences and academic performances of applicants to determine acceptance.

Tuition is $1,040 per credit hour for the Standard M.A. programs and $1,160 per credit hour for the Standard Psy.D. degrees. Tuition does not include additional fees.

Financial aid options at the Adler School of Professional Psychology includes loans, scholarships, and Federal Work-Study. Loans include Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, alternative loans, and participation in the National Health Service Corps/Federal Loan Forgiveness program. Merit and need-based scholarships, along with scholarships based on other miscellaneous criteria, are also available for eligible students. Additionally, Adler School of Professional Psychology is recognized by the State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and grants aid to qualifying veterans and military personnel via the Yellow Ribbon Program, in connection with the Post 9/11 GI Bill.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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