Apply human rights advocacy to 
domestic and international settings.

Apply human rights advocacy to
domestic and international settings.

Public Policy and Administration Overview

Poverty. Violence. Discrimination. Public safety. These are social determinants, all shaped by public policy. Change them, and you change individual and population well-being.

Unlike any other public policy program, our program is uniquely guided by Adler University’s:

  • Hallmark focus on social change.
  • Nationally recognized work that links structures and systems shaped by public policy to the social, environmental, and economic determinants that affect population well-being and inclusion.

We prepare public policy leaders for advocacy in today’s rapidly changing society in three overarching areas: public policy development, analysis, and reform; government and non-profit administration; and public service in domestic and international settings. Students learn and apply core knowledge and skills in policy development and analysis, program evaluation, management, and politics. Through our focus on excellent communication skills, students learn to create, analyze, write, and campaign for policies at multiple levels of government.

Our rigorous preparation provides a critical foundation for work with national, state, and local governments; policy research centers; consulting firms; community-action groups; NGOs; and direct-service providers in the United States and around the world. Graduates are prepared to work in positions of research and analysis; as leaders and advocates in community development, administration; and in other positions influencing policy at every level of government.

We provide an immersive learning experience with a diverse faculty. Our professors are leading practitioners, scholars, and researchers. Learning takes place in small, intimate classes, and through the exceptional training opportunities we offer.

Through strong faculty support, a dedicated Training Department, and the University’s partnerships with hundreds of organizations and agencies, our students gain valuable practicum and field experience in a wide variety of settings working with populations at the local, regional, national, or international levels.

Human Rights Advocacy Concentration

This concentration prepares policy professionals for leading organizations or advancing advocacy agendas in the governmental, non-profit, or private sectors—applying established human rights standards, laws, and treaties in domestic or international settings.

Through community-based learning, students work directly with policy and administrative development, reform, analysis and more. They participate in field work, projects, and research with organizations such as Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Fund for Women.

In addition to the required core curriculum, students in this concentration complete 9 credit hours of human rights courses.

One- and Two-Year Completion Options

This program is offered as:

  • An intensive full-time classroom program that can be completed in one year.
  • A flexible part-time program, with evening courses that can be completed in two years.

Our individualized advising helps students succeed both inside and outside the classroom during their Adler University experience.

Admission Requirements

  • At least a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Completion of the following semester courses with grades of "C" or better: Introductory Microeconomics and a social science course in quantitative analysis such as Research methods, Statistics, or Reasoning.
  • Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty