Since 1952, a singular idea has consistently driven our curricula, training, and community work. That key guiding idea is Alfred Adler’s groundbreaking concept of social interest or gemeinschaftsgefühl – the idea that our health resides in our community life and connections. This idea today is more necessary than ever to drive the work and change most needed in challenged communities around the world.
In 1952, Rudolf Dreikurs and his colleagues established our institution as the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago—to train practitioners to apply Adler’s idea of social interest or gemeinschaftsgefühl. Adler was the first to focus on wellness in the community context. He advanced the revolutionary idea that responsible practitioners must advocate to change the social conditions that affect population health and wellbeing.
Today, Adler University continues this work to graduate students as socially responsible practitioners—educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice. Across multiple disciplines and fields that impact population wellbeing, our alumni are changing the world. Our students come to us to learn how.
Our faculty and students—along with our Institute and Centers—are pursuing and producing unprecedented work on social issues including immigration and detention, social exclusion, the social determinants of mental health, LGBTQ mental health, and parenting. More than 600 agencies—and counting—are partnering with the Adler University as community practica and internship sites for our students, enabling our specialized preparation for work with underserved and marginalized populations.
Five values guide expectations and behavior at Adler University:
We are part of and invested in community, and we act and collaborate with compassion and social responsibility. Adler University's faculty, staff, students, and graduates are recognized as teachers and promoters of social responsibility, are engaged in their communities, and are politically aware and active. We will strengthen our culture of social responsibility and of community service and engagement.
We respect and celebrate human diversity and difference. Throughout our history, recognition and inclusion of diversity have been hallmarks of Adler University. Our academic, social, and organizational strength is enhanced by our inclusiveness and respect for the unique identity of individuals reflected in their cultural traditions, beliefs, and viewpoints. The University embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, language, disability, socioeconomic status, education, religious / spiritual orientation, political perspective, and intellectual viewpoint.
We encourage leadership, innovation, and creativity, act on principle, and challenge the status quo. We will continue to build a culture of innovation. Alfred Adler's thinking, Rudolf Dreikurs' work, the University's revised curricula, and the Institutes for Social Change's groundbreaking work are all challenging and revolutionary – and we expect the University's ongoing work to challenge assumptions and to support revolutionary approaches to social action and change.
We embrace the highest level of quality, rigor, and integrity for education, scholarship, performance, and outcomes. We will continue to build a culture of high performance. To ensure leadership in the changing global context, we will support high performance in learning, scholarship, technology, financial management, and organizational processes. We will train, inform, and empower staff, faculty, and leadership through motivating and rewarding high performance and through providing opportunities for professional development and advancement.
We are outcome-oriented and evidence-based, and we pursue real-world solutions and measurable results. We are a practitioner school that is practical and applied. We apply scholarship and theory to practice. Our work can be observed in the surrounding communities in which we live, learn, and practice. We are out to change the world for the better.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores from one of the following testing services directly to the University. Scores are only valid if taken within two years of enrollment.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
Adler University’s – Vancouver Campus code for receiving test scores is 6215
Paper-based TOEFL minimum score is 580
Computer-based TOEFL minimum score is 240
Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 92 with at least 22 on each of the four sections
International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
A minimum Overall Band score of 7.0 is required, with no band lower than 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE):
A minimum overall score of 62 is required
Admitted Vancouver Campus students may be eligible for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to connect with their admissions advisor to discuss eligibility and scholarship application processes.
Students can be awarded only one of the scholarships for entrance. Scholarships are disbursed toward tuition and fees over the first two terms. Scholarships are awarded at time of acceptance after review by committee and are non-renewable. Applicants who are offered a scholarship and defer admission from the original term of acceptance are ineligible to retain the scholarship.
Past dedication / anticipated future contributions to service, academic excellence, & leadership.
Priority given to candidates with either a history of providing community service or an articulated plan to design/implement effective & innovative solutions to a significant social problem.
Talented students who have demonstrated knowledge & experience in diverse communities / backgrounds, & are prepared to use this knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.
Priority given to candidates from traditionally under-represented, under-served, & marginalized populations who exhibit academic promise & dedication to Adler University’s mission.
New students who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada.
Commitment to social interest & dedication to improving their local community.
Incoming students with excellence in academic achievement.
Preference given to individuals who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Specific Scholarships and Tuition Initiatives
In addition to entrance scholarships Adler University Vancouver also offers tuition incentives and awards to students who meet specific criteria outlined below. Admitted Vancouver Campus students should be in touch with the Vancouver campus Office of Admissions to obtain full details about these unique scholarship opportunities.
Full-time employee at one of Adler University’s Community Partner sites.
Must submit all admissions documents & be accepted only to the Master of Public Policy & Administration Program at the Vancouver campus.
All information related to this institution has been extracted from the Adler University - Vancouver website, accessible at https://www.adler.edu/page/campuses/vancouver. The data provided here is true until its extraction on 24 December 2019. Hence, all information here is subject to change without notice as per the institution's policy. For the latest update, please visit the institution website.