Programs of Study

Adler Graduate School offers an accredited Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Post-Master's Licensure Options, and Certificates in Specialty Area Programs.

Master's Degree

Students select an emphasis in one or more of the following areas:

  • Adlerian Studies
    Alfred Adler's individual psychology serves as the basis for this program that prepares students for careers in mental health, human services, and non-profit leadership that require an advanced degree in mental health without licensing. Students learn the foundational areas of psychotherapy and counseling and participate in research activities and experiential exercises designed to deepen their master of Adler's Individual Psychology.
  • Art Therapy
    Art-making in therapy is healing and life enhancing. Our unique Art Therapy program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy. Students maintain their artistic integrity while receiving specialized training in art therapy theory and practice through integrative and experiential courses. Students choose a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Experienced faculty. Theoretical framework. Field experience. Our comprehensive competency-based curriculum and hands-on training prepares AGS graduates to work with a variety of clients. Students learn prevention, intervention, and clinical skills essential for effective and ethical clinical counseling practice.
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
    Progressive approach to working simultaneously with both mental health and substance use disorders; helping the client and therapist work toward a more holistic, integrated, and positive outcome. The core program focuses on learning skills, evidence-based and emerging practices, and developing attitudes and competencies for working with clients, families and communities impacted by substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
    Community embedded, practitioner focused, Adlerian informed model. We prepare students to provide ethical, culturally informed, relationally based mental health services to a diverse range of clients in a variety of mental health settings. Our graduates are known as professional, ethically sound psychotherapists and can work serving families, children and adolescents, couples, and individuals.
  • School Counseling
    K-12 school counseling. Adlerian focus. The School Counseling program guides its students toward gaining knowledge and skills needed to provide competent counseling in K-12 school settings. With a focus on school systems, culture, evidence-based practices, ethics, developmental psychology, and counseling for diverse and exceptional children, our program prepares graduates for school counselor licensure in any state.

Certificate students

  • Applied Adlerian Psychology
    The Certificate in Applied Adlerian Psychology is a unique online program for mental health and human services professionals to study Adlerian psychology, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications. This 20-credit certificate requires successful completion of a combination of required courses.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    The post master’s Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a 16-hour organized sequence of study designed to add on as an endorsement for licensure to meet state credentialing requirements. This post master’s Certificate builds on the foundation of courses taken in a previous master’s level counseling degree. ​
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
    The Certificate in Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders emphasizes the progressive approach to working with people that have both mental health and substance use disorders, helping the client and therapist move toward a more holistic, integrated, and positive outcome. This 18-23 credit certificate requires successful completion of a combination of required courses and internship components.

Post-Degree Licensure

Students desiring to add a licensure or credential to an existing master's degree may be able to such requirements through a special licensure/ credentialing process.  Please see specific program pages for specific details and requirements.

Adler's courses are specifically designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Classes are generally held in the evenings and on weekends, with most students being able to keep their current jobs.

Adler Graduate School is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.