May 24, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Adler Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Adler Catalog

Graduate Admission Policies and Procedures


The Adler University Online Campus employs a rolling admission process for all start dates and programs. This means applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants will be notified of admission to an Adler University program by the Office of Admissions.

Admitted applicants who do not matriculate at their intended start date may be able to defer their admission to the next start date. To request a deferment, students must:

  • Sign their statement of acceptance.
  • Pay a $500 USD non-refundable deferment fee.
  • Write a statement indicating why they would like to defer admission to the Office of Admissions.

A deferment request must be submitted no later than the first day of the session to be eligible for review. Students who are approved to defer their admission can only do so for one session and will be subject to program requirements in effect at the time of the new application.

Applicants who defer admission, but do not matriculate must reapply for admission as outlined in the Application Process - Online Campus section of the current catalog. Contact the Office of Admissions with questions about the deferral process.

The Office of Admissions does not maintain student files for applicants who do not enroll by their intended start date.

Application Process

Adler University takes pride in its diverse student body, representing a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. The University admits individuals with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility. Ideal candidates for admission are those who will make a difference in their communities and the lives of the individuals and families they plan to serve upon graduation. Applicants nearing completion of a baccalaureate degree may apply for admission contingent on successfully completing the undergraduate degree.

All applicants should fulfill the minimum admission requirements for the program they choose and must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in spoken and written English.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Application for admission.
  • Application Fee ($0.00).
  • Statement of intent.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended*.
  • Two letters of recommendation and accompanying recommendation form.
  • Writing sample**.

*Unofficial transcripts can be used for application review. Official valid transcripts must be received before the end of the first course. Provisional admission may be granted until receipt of official transcripts. Transcripts from non-degree-granting institutions may be eligible to be waived.

** A writing sample is required for applications to all Online Campus Ph.D. programs.

Changing or Adding Programs

Master’s students may apply to change from one Adler University Online Campus master’s degree program to another by submitting the appropriate application forms. Students must satisfy admission requirements in effect at the time of application to the new program. Acceptance into and/or successful completion of one degree program does not guarantee admission to another program.

International Applicants

All transcripts from outside of Canada or the 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 Adler University by the testing service. These test results are valid for two years.


Adler University Online Campus’s 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 a score of at least 22 on each of the four sections.


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


Applicants who take the PTE must receive an overall minimum academic score of 62.

Master’s Level Minimum Admissions Requirements - Online Campus Programs


Applicants are required to have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree by the date of matriculation, earned from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered for conditional admission by submitting two letters of recommendation from a current professor, supervisor, and/or someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program. Exceptions may be made for applicants with a conferred graduate degree.
    • Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.**


Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA      in their first two courses to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the University. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve full admission status.


Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the University.

**Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

Students-at-Large / Non-Degree Seeking

Students who wish to take classes for personal pursuits unrelated to a degree program at Adler University or qualified graduate students and mental health professionals may be admitted as students-at-large/non-degree-seeking (SAL/NDS) students. Qualified professionals may take courses as SAL/NDS students for continuing education credit or professional enrichment as long as they meet the minimum eligibility for admission. Graduate students in degree programs at other regionally accredited institutions are responsible for verifying whether Adler University courses will be transferred back and accepted for credit with their home institutions.

SAL/NDS applicants must submit a completed application, non-refundable $30 application fee, statement of intent, resume or curriculum vitae, and official transcripts from all degree-granting undergraduate and graduate schools attended. The Admissions Committee will review applications and applicants will not be allowed to register until they have been approved for admission as SAL/NDS students.

If admitted as SAL/NDS, a student may complete a maximum of nine credits within one academic year and must comply with all prerequisites and course requirements as given in the Adler University Catalog.

SAL/NDS students will have to obtain approval for each course before they are able to register. Graduates of Adler University who are approved as SAL/NDS may take up to 18 credits within one academic year. SAL/NDS students are not eligible for financial aid and may not enroll in courses that are reserved for students fully admitted to particular degree programs. Appropriate courses taken for credit may apply toward completing a degree for SAL/NDS students who are admitted to a degree program within one year of completing SAL/NDS courses. Successful completion of coursework, however, does not guarantee admission to a degree or certificate program. A student-at-large whose application to a degree or certificate program has been denied may not enroll in further courses or continue as a student-at-large.

Because SAL/NDS students are limited to a total of nine credit hours of coursework within one academic year, persons who plan to pursue a degree or certificate program should apply for admission at the earliest opportunity.

Students-at-large who have completed nine credit hours of courses may not register for additional classes until they have been formally admitted to a degree or certificate program. Those who seek admission to a degree or certificate program within one year of completing their last course as a SAL/NDS will be required to submit a new application for the program for which they are applying and any additional necessary documentation.