Adler Graduate School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Questions and comments regarding accreditation may be directed to the Commission at or 800.621.7440.  

The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle Street Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

All programs are approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Specialty Programs

  • The Art Therapy Program is approved by the Educational Programs Approval Board (EPAB) and continues to prepare for CAAHEP (Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs) accreditation. Graduates are currenlty eligible to apply to become a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) after completing post-degree work experience and supervision.
  • The School Counseling program is fully approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (MBOT) to prepare graduates for school counselor licensure.
  • The Counseling programs are preparing for accreditation by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Co-Occuring Disorders
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • While not an accrediting body, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) authorizes colleges to enroll non-Minnesota residents in online courses

Certificate Programs

  • Applied Adlerian Psychology certficate is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • Post Master's Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • Co-Occuring Disorders certficate is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

History of Accreditation

1989: State of Minnesota

Adler Graduate School was initially approved by the State of Minnesota to offer the Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy in April 1989.  

1991 - Current: Higher Learning Commission 

This was followed by accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in February 1991.  Since then, AGS has hosted HLC Comprehensive Visits in September 1993, May 1999, May 2003 and December 2004.  In addition, a Focused Visit was hosted in December 2000. After the 2010 site visit Adler Graduate school achieved full affiliation in 2011 with the next Comprehensive visit in 2019-20.  AGS has participated in the HLC Assessment Academy where it has honed its assessment process and developed a plan for continuous improvement.  When it was decided by the AGS Board to move and a location was procured, in 2018, a Substantive Change Application was submitted to HLC and approved.

March 2019 - Relocation Submission

On March 16th of this year, Adler Graduate School submitted a proposal to the Higher Learning Commission for a substantive change regarding the campus relocation from Richfield, MN to Minnetonka, MN. We received notice that the request had been recommended for approval on May 9th, and the application was approved by the Institutional Actions Council at the June 2018 meeting (


2004 HLC Self Study
2010 HLC Self Study
Change Desk Review Action Letter
Substantive Change Report
Campus Evaluation Visit
Revised Action Letter
HLC Campus Evaluation Visit Report Form