Admissions

Immunization Records

Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires anyone attending college provide proof of immunizations.  If you were born before 1956 or graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later, you are exempt from this rule.  All others must provide proof of immunizations.  Within 45 days of enrolling, a student is required by law to submit proof of immunization.  Failure to do so will result in suspension of enrollment until documentation is provided.  Those falling under the “Conscientious Exemption” rule must also complete and notarize the “Immunization Record for Students Attending Post-Secondary Schools in Minnesota” form.  For additional information, please go to the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Students will not be allowed to begin classes without a completed Immunization Form.

Full Admission to the Master of Arts Degree Program

An applicant is considered for FULL ADMISSION to the Master of Arts degree program by meeting the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree (BA/BS) from an accredited institution.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 9 semester (12 quarter) credits in psychology or a related field.
  • A completed application file, which includes an interview.

Admissions Committee

AGS’ Admissions Committee interviews prospective students, reviews applications and makes admissions decisions in accordance with published criteria.  Membership:  Director of Admissions, program staff and President or other faculty member as necessary.

Conditional Admission to the Master of Arts Degree Program

An applicant who does not meet all of the requirements for full admission may be admitted CONDITIONALLY to the MA program. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 2.7 and/or do not have 9 semester (12 quarter) psychology credits will be considered for conditional admission. Conditional status will also be considered for students with a GPA between 2.7 and 2.5, whose undergraduate major GPA was 3.0 or better.

Students admitted on conditional status must earn a GPA of 3.0 (“B” average) or higher in their first two courses at AGS. All courses must be completed in the time period required by the instructor. Upon completion, the student’s file will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee, at which time the applicant will be considered for full admission. In the event that the required GPA is not achieved in the first two courses, conditional acceptance will be denied and the student will be unable to continue the program.

Student-at-Large

Individuals who are uncertain about seeking admission to pursue an MA degree may take a maximum of 12 credits as students-at-large, as long as they meet AGS’ minimum requirements for admission. Persons interested in registering as students-at-large must complete the usual application process, including payment of a deposit fee prior to registering for courses. Applicants who later seek admission to a degree or certificate program will not be required to pay an additional fee for the regular application. Students-at-large are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Students-at-large must meet all course prerequisites and other requirements for courses taken. Courses taken for credit usually will apply toward completion of program requirements for students-at-large who are granted full admission at a later date. However, successful completion of student-at-large course work does not guarantee admission to an academic program. Applicants who have been denied admission will not be permitted to enroll or continue as students-at-large. Students-at-large are not eligible to receive federal financial aid but may apply for alternative loans.  

Information for International Students:

Language of Instruction and Language Proficiency:

Adler Graduate School’s language of instruction is English. Therefore, students are expected to speak, read, write, and understand the English language fluently or at a level sufficient for graduate-level education. All international applicants must meet ONE of the English proficiency requirements listed below before qualifying for an I-20. Score reports must be no more than two years old. Native English speakers from the following countries are exempt from this requirement: English-speaking Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth Caribbean Countries.

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80, with a minimum subscore of 20 on the writing and speaking sections
  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 53 or higher
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand

Transcript Evaluation

Transcripts should be sent directly from all post-secondary institutions indicating the degree conferred.  If the degree was earned outside of the US, international transcripts must be evaluated and reviewed for eligibility by either Educational Credential Evaluators Inc or World Education Services.The evaluation must be sent directly to AGS along with an official copy of the transcript(s) that were evaluated.  The cost of the evaluation service is incurred by the applicant and is paid directly to the third-party provider.

Visas

Adler Graduate School is committed to attracting a diverse student body and welcomes applicants from all countries.  International students are classified as students applying for admission to the graduate school who will need to have or already possess a visa to enter the United States. Adler Graduate School is approved to issue I-20 immigration documents for our master's level programs only.  Online-only students not moving to the US for study may apply to any of our current online programs.