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Alder University


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  • Alder University is a private non-profitable university, having two campuses, one located in Vancouver, British Columbia and another one in Chicago, Illinois. It also offers online classes and degree programs online for both masters and doctoral students.
  • Established in 1952, by Rudolf Dreikurs and the University was named after physician and psychotherapist Alfred Adler. He is also the founder of Adlerian psychology and was the first community psychologist. The university currently enrolls over 1400 students
  • The University has begun offering PhD in Clinical Psychology, Canada's first traditional Doctor of Psychology program.
  • Adler University is ranked 6th in the state of Illinois and in top 15% of Schools for its Psychology programs by the Psychology Colleges.

Why study at Alder University?

  • The Chicago Campus of Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Psychology Association.
  • The Master and Doctoral programs offered by the Alder University at Vancouver campus are approved and monitored by the British Council Ministry of Advanced Education and have undergone a quality assessment process.
  • Programs offer at Alder University's Vancouver Campus are approved by the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Education and under the authority of the Degree Authorization Act.
  • Adler University is ranked 6th in the state of Illinois and in top 15% of Schools for its Psychology programs by Psychology Colleges
  • Alder University is considered as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) offering post-graduation work permits by the Government of Canada.



  • Alder University's Vancouver Campus was established with an open mindset, and the campus is located in the heart of the most vibrant and picturesque city representing the authentic Canadian culture.
  • The Vancouver campus offers various collaborative spaces with edge-cutting technology, Learning spaces and classroom windows have been strategically placed to encourage critical thinking.
  • The University believes that if the student is given the time, space, and technology required to attain their goals, they are more inclined to challenge traditional thinking.

Programs at Vancouver Campus

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy
  • Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Clinical Psychology
  • The University's other campus is located in the middle of Chicago city is specially designed to inspire learning and living experience.
  • The Chicago Campus is home to the University's Harold and Birdie Mosak Library, offering a huge range of print and digital resources for students.

Programs at Chicago Campus

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselling (Online & Offline)
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Counselling: Art Therapy
  • Couple & Family Therapy
  • Forensic Mental Health Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Sports & Human Performance
  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • The Couple and Family Therapy


Alder University offers various types of scholarships to students in order to fulfil educational requirements. Following are the types of scholarships:

Merit Scholarships

As the name states, merit scholarships are offered to students with academic accomplishments for students enrolled in Chicago Campus. The scholarship is automatically considered at the time of application. Following are the merit scholarships:

  • Master Merit Scholarship
  • Doctoral Merit Scholarship
  • Promising Scholars Scholarship
  • Community Partner Scholarship
  • AmeriCorps Service Scholarship
  • Peace Crops Service Scholarship

Additional Scholarship

  • Diversity Scholars Program
  • Other Scho larships Opportunities
  • Continuing Students Scholarships
  • Scholarships from Outside Organizations