Adler University

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration: Urban Mental Health Concentration (Part-Time)


17 N. Dearborn

Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration: Urban Mental Health Concentration (Part-Time)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

More than half of the world's humanity lives in urban areas. The United Nations reports that global urbanization will continue to increase; in the United States, the rate of urbanization already exceeds 80 percent. Research shows that urban residence is a predisposing factor for mental illness—yet through sound planning and public policy, governments can promote the well-being of their urban populations. Unlike any other public policy program, our M.A. in Public Policy and Administration: Urban Mental Health Concentration is uniquely guided by the Adler School’s: Hallmark focus on social change. Nationally recognized work in urban mental health—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; 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, or management; as program administrators; 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 School’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.

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Adler University
For a more just society
Established in 1952. Not-for-profit.


The Adler School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Large City

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