Adler University takes great pride in our diverse online student body. Our students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and professional histories. We admit candidates with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to social change.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Admission Requirements

We offer online candidates three levels of admission based on past academic performance: full acceptance, provisional acceptance, and conditional acceptance.

Full Acceptance Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from baccalaureate degree-granting institution
  • Completed application and resume with full work history
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Letter of intent

Provisional Acceptance (Collateral) Requirements**

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from baccalaureate degree-granting institution
  • Completed application and resume with full work history
  • Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended
  • Letter of intent

** Official transcripts from all schools attended due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (Academic) Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 from baccalaureate degree-granting institution
  • Completed application and resume with full work history
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Letter of intent (must include reason for pursuing M.A. degree and reason GPA is less than 3.0)
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate education)

All files will be reviewed individually for admission into the University. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admitted students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree, by date of matriculation, in industrial and organizational psychology or a related discipline.
    • Please note: Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (MAOP Vancouver) program, or an equivalent program, will be required to complete equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all master’s degree coursework. Successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.25 or higher for graduate-level coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a doctoral program.
  • A writing sample (e.g., a publication, report, or essay or paper previously submitted as an assignment).
  • An admissions interview.
    • Applicants who are graduates or current students in good standing from one of Adler University’s master’s degree programs may have one letter of recommendation, the writing sample, and/or interview waived.

If you have any questions about the admission process, simply complete the “Learn More” form and an Enrollment Specialist will provide more information and provide specific answers.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 credit hours from other accredited institutions may be transferred. Students accepted for admission may be granted transfer credit for graduate level courses previously taken at another accredited institution. Upon enrollment into a degree program, a review of the unique academic and training history will occur and a determination will be made at the discretion of the University.

International Applicants

All transcripts from outside of Canada or United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a NACES-approved transcript evaluation service. Please contact the Office of Admissions for specific transcript evaluation requirements.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an accredited program in Canada or the United States may not be required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants should request that language proficiency test scores be sent directly to the University by the testing service: Adler University Admissions, 4129 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. These test results are valid for two years only.


Adler University’s Online Campus code number for receiving test scores is B134. Applicants who take the paper-based TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 580. Applicants who take the computer-based TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 240. Applicants who take the Internet-based TOEFL must receive a minimum of score of 92 with at least 22 on each of the four sections.


Applicants who take the IELTS must receive a minimum Academic score of 7 overall with no band score lower than 7.

College Navigator

The National Center for Education Statistics offers an online tool for students to compare the cost of education. Learn more.


As part of its commitment to social responsibility, Adler University offers affordable tuition rates for our online degree programs. This is just one part of our goal of educating students to engage the world and create a more just society. Adler University offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid tools to help support students in meeting their education goals.

Tuition and Fees – $855 per credit hour

Scholarships & Grants

Adler University offers limited scholarships to help support the education goals of its Online Campus students. Students admitted to Online Campus programs are automatically considered for scholarships at time of acceptance. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid and are awarded based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, financial need, academic excellence, and service. To learn more, simply complete the form and an Enrollment Specialist will contact you.

$3,000 University Social Justice Scholarship

Every student enrolling into an Online Campus degree program is strongly encouraged to apply for a University Social Justice Scholarship.

$1,000 First Responder Scholarship

Fire, police, or emergency medical employees who enroll in an Online Campus degree program can qualify for a $1,000 First Responder Scholarship.

$1,000 Military Award

Active-duty, veteran, or retired U.S. military service members and their spouses or civil partners who enroll in any Online Campus degree program can qualify for a $1,000 Military Award. THIS PRODUCT OR SERVICE HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED OR ENDORSED BY ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY, AND THIS OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE BY AN AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT.

20% Alumni Scholarship

All Adler University alumni qualify for a 20-percent tuition reduction on enrollment in an Online Campus degree program.

Bethune-Cookman University School of Performing Arts Scholarship

In recognition of Adler University and Bethune-Cookman University’s shared commitment to social justice, qualified applicants to Adler’s Master of Arts in Media and Communications (MAMC) program are eligible for a 25 percent reduced tuition scholarship. Enrollment into the MAMC program is pre-approved for BCU students and alumni with 3.0 GPA and 15 hours in communications courses.

BCU students interested in applying must complete the Intent To Participate form prior to application, and forward to the Program Director for MAMC, Dr. Davina Jones

For more information, please contact or 312.662.4058.

Academic Calendar


Class Begin Date Class End Date
August 30, 2017October 24, 2017
October 25, 2017December 19, 2017
December 20 - January 2 : Winter Break

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below you will find commonly asked questions from prospective students about Adler University online master’s degree programs. If you need further information, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 312.662.4058 or .

Q: Do I need a specific type of degree or background to apply?

A. No. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds to apply. Each program does have specific requirements, however.

Q: I’m working full time. Do I need to take time off to complete this degree program?

A: Not at all. The following programs are designed for working professionals and can be completed entirely online, making them attractive options for students who may work full time and/or live outside our Chicago and Vancouver campus areas:

Q: I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

A: Yes, the classroom is a very user-friendly format. We have more information in in our Online Learning section. Our online students report that on average, they become comfortable with our online learning environment and process within a couple weeks or so.

Q: I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in these online programs?

A: Our online M.A. programs are designed for working professionals; there is never a preset time you have to be in class. Your online “classroom” is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and therefore can work around your schedule. Students tell us their average time spent working in a course can vary each week, depending on program, course load, content, time of year, and other responsibilities. Regular coursework and tasks, however, include reading assignments, participating in online discussion boards, and completing specific assignments.

Q. How long will it take to complete my master’s degree online?

A: Our fully online master’s programs require 36 or 37 credit hours to complete (please check your selected program for specifics). Each course is eight weeks in length, and with regularly scheduled breaks, our online M.A. programs can be completed in about two years, depending on credit hour requirements.

Q: When do classes start?

A: Normally there are six (6) starts per online degree program, per year. The sooner you start, the faster you will be able to reach your career goals.

Q: What are the application deadlines?

Adler University employs a rolling admission process. Because most programs fill quickly, we encourage you to begin the application process early.

Q. Are Adler University degree programs accredited?

A. Yes. More information can be found in our About section. Adler University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, please contact:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 800-621-7440; 312-263-0456
Fax: 312-263-7462

Q. Is the GRE required for admission?

A. Those applying to a master’s program are not required to submit GRE scores, though you are welcome to submit your scores for consideration.

Q. Does Adler University accept transfer credit?

A. Yes. If accepted for admission, a maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into a master’s program for graduate-level courses previously taken at other accredited institutions.

Q. How much is tuition?

A. Please visit our Tuition section for current pricing.

Q. What types of financial assistance are available to Adler University online students?

A. Adler University offers a wide variety of financial aid, scholarships, and other financing options for all of our students. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 312.662.4058 or to discuss our full range of opportunities and walk through the financial aid process.