Institutional Review Board

As of October 1, 2012, the Adler Graduate School began processing all research related activities through a system called an Institutional Review Board (IRB).  An IRB is guided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a component of most colleges and universities. 

The IRB is comprised of three faculty members and one public member who have specific areas of expertise and extensive research experience.

As the IRB becomes fully implemented, we want to make you aware of several important pieces of information.

  1. There is a revised Master’s Project Proposal form at This form will guide you through a decision-making process that will help you to determine if you are clear of IRB oversight in the use of human participants or whether you need further review.
  2. The Master’s Project Guidelines document will be updated by the first of the year to reflect all of these changes.
  3. The best way to reach the Institutional Review Board is via email:
  4. The IRB is an oversight body that protects human participants in research studies.  Although IRB members may be available to consult at times, it is the responsibility of the Student, Chairperson, and Reader to determine appropriate research methods, safety mechanisms, etc. .
  5. When in doubt, send an email to

If you have any additional comments or questions, please contact Jeffrey Allen, President (