Why Adler Graduate School

Seeking Premier Graduate Preparation for the Mental Health Field . . . Choose the Adler Graduate School









The Adlerian approach to counseling and psychotherapy is based on the belief that mental health is derived from the ability to cooperate, collaborate, and contribute to the community.  Social Interest, rather than self interest, promotes a healthy lifestyle.

"Every human being strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not recognize that their own significance lies in their contribution to the lives of others."  -- Alfred Adler

An Accredited Graduate Institution

The Adler Graduate School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission accredits and evaluates such things as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Adler Faculty are Practitioners

In addition to teaching at the Adler Graduate School, the majority of the faculty are also practicing clinicians in private practice, with mental health and social service providers, hospitals, shelters, schools and colleges, other non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. The faculty include licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed professional clinical counselors, licensed psychologists, registered art therapists, licensed school counselors, life coaches, parent coaches, and career development professionals. Many of the faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.

All faculty of the Adler Graduate School are committed to using their preparation, experience, and wisdom in effectively preparing students for the demands and the rewards of the profession of counseling and psychotherapy. The faculty are well-versed in the principles of Adlerian psychology and share an understanding of human need which is compatible with the worldview of Alfred Adler and other psychologists in a modern context. The faculty also understand the nature and importance of maintaining the small and personal atmosphere of the Adler Graduate School.

More than 100+ Sites for Urban, Suburban, and Rural Internship

We have relationships with well over 100 internship sites working with children, adolescents, families, couples, adults, seniors, schools, crisis centers, hospitals, grief & loss support, mental health, spirituality, domestic violence, employment, ex- offender, parent support, education/learning support, and career services for students seeking licensure within all of our programs. These sites can be found across the state of Minnesota, the upper midwest, and around the country.

A Personalized Approach to Your Learning

The culture of the school and what it stands for is characterized as personal, human, warm, welcoming, accepting and encouraging, with an emphasis toward what is best for all.

Diverse Learning Community

Well before it was popular, Alfred Adler highlighted the importance of equality among all individuals in an effort to promote individual and societal health, including equality between women and men and a holistic view of the worth of each individual. Adler Graduate School continues these efforts in its commitment to providing increasingly diverse education to increasingly diverse individuals, to serve increasingly diverse communities.  Click the link to view our student demographics as displayed on the College Navigator website.

Classes that are Convenient for Adult Learners

Adler Graduate School is a service-centered institution that has influenced the Twin Cities and beyond for over 40 years.  Courses are offered in the evening and on weekends.  Learn in our convenient location near the Mall of America or, even more conveniently, in your home with our online emphasis areas including Adlerian Studies.


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