Public Policy & Administration Adler University

Public Policy & Administration Adler University

Chicago, IL
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Leading Social Change

For more than 60 years, Adler University has been committed to educating and training socially responsible graduates, defined as people who embrace diverse perspectives; who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems; who empower others to identify and address shared problems; and who foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action throughout the global community. Degree programs ground students in research and theory about the impact of structural and systemic factors on the well-being of humanity. Programs also provide training for impacting social policies, addressing community issues, and solving the ills of society. Adler l students can expect:

- A mission-driven curriculum designed to train socially responsible practitioners

- Stimulating and academically challenging programs of study

- High caliber faculty members

- A unique blend of theory and practice

- Real-world skills developed through practicum and volunteer experiences with over 700 community partners

M.A. in Public Policy and Administration

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to engage in advocacy, understand government and public policy, and manage non-profit, private and governmental organizations. Within the program, students can choose from 2 different concentrations: "Human Rights Advocacy" and "Urban Mental Health."

A focus on excellent communication skills will enable students to successfully lead organizations, advance an advocacy agenda, and problem-solve in complex situations.

This program is designed to provide students competencies in the following areas:

- Leadership and management skills that are adaptable to non-profit, private and government settings.

- The ability to develop and advocate for policies at multiple levels of government.

- Critical thinking skills that enable problem-solving and decision-making in complex environments.

- The ability to integrate a commitment to social justice in public service, particularly through consultation with those communities and people affected by policy.

- Communication skills that are adaptable to working with diverse and multicultural people in the workplace and community.

The MPPA program provides students with core knowledge and skills in policy development and analysis, program evaluation, management, and politics necessary for work in the public arena including national, state, and local governments, policy research centers, consulting firms, community-action groups, and direct-service providers in the U.S. and around the world. The program requires 36 hours of course work with a minimum of 27 hours of "Public Policy and Administration" core course work and 9 hours of concentration course work in either "Urban Mental Health" or "Human Rights." In order for students to become effective public policy professionals and administrators they need to advance their abilities in leadership and management, and become participants in and contributors to the process of creating public policy -- including the analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, and problem solving that encourages the growth of healthy communities.

Program Format

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration degree program with the Human Rights Advocacy and Urban Mental Health concentration is a 36 credit hour program. The courses required for this program are offered evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm to accommodate those who may be working full-time. Students who complete 2 courses per term will be able to complete the degree in 2 years.

Admission Requirements

At Adler University, faculty members and staff members take great pride in the diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. Adler admits individuals with records of outstanding academic achievement and commitments to social responsibility.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

- A baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.

- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate course work. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways.

- The equivalent of 1 introductory course in micro-economics and 1 quantitative reasoning course, which can be in mathematics, logic, or statistics, with grades of "C" or better. Equivalent course work in other social sciences may also be considered. All prerequisites should be completed by the end of a student's 1st semester at Adler School.

Degree Requirements

Requirements include:

- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses.

- Satisfactory completion of 100 minimum hours of fieldwork.

- Successful completion a capstone project.

- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no more than 2 grades or 6 credit hours of "C" or "C+" or below.

- Submission of completed graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees.

The Adler University Difference

The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) recognized the Adler University with its 2011 Advocacy Award for its significant contributions in the education and training of advocacy and public interest issues.

Adler has earned a coveted spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest acknowledgment an institute of higher learning can receive from the federal government in recognition of its dedication to service learning, volunteerism, and community engagement.

In 2007, the school received the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Award for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology. This is a significant and prestigious recognition for the school's commitment to educating and training socially responsible psychologists through innovative programs that combine service learning in the form of the Community Service Practicum and coursework.

In addition to continuous research and community outreach and engagement, Adler University's Institutes and Centers advance social justice for underserved and disadvantaged communities. The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) was created in 2005 to introduce the concept of "social exclusion" into the national discussion about social disadvantage. The central theme of the work of the ISE is the notion of "structured" disadvantage -- the idea that human welfare is heavily influenced by social, political, and economic context and that addressing disadvantage requires identifying and tackling its underlying structural origins. The Adler Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice was created in the winter of 2009 to increase awareness of socially just policies and practices within the realms of law enforcement and homeland security, and to actively encourage others to adopt such practices through public dialogue and community involvement.

Institute Accreditation

Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, 800-621-7440 / 312-263-7462,,

Location & Contact

Public Policy & Administration

Adler University

Chicago, IL

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
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    • Public Administration Master's
    • Public Policy Master's
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