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International Students

     The Master of Psychology (M.Psy.) program has been designed for students wishing to pursue graduate level psychology or for those already in the field who wish to expand their knowledge base and skills. International student applicants must have the equivalent of a Canadian Baccalaureate degree. 

     Graduate level education in psychology at ADLER has been a presence in Canada since 1978. We welcome a select number of qualified students to join a community of students and faculty dedicated to intellectual development and growth. You will find yourself surrounded in a family atmosphere of learning, where intellectual stimulation, encouragement of creativity, independent thinking and diverse opinions are welcome. The ADLER community values a broad range of experiences, cultures and perspectives.

     A Canadian degree is highly valued and recognized by multi- national employers, international governmental and non governmental institutions alike. Students who graduate from Adler Graduate Professional School can pursue careers in public policy, education, private practice, clinics and many other fields of psychology. Our aim is to encourage you in intellectual growth and passion, understanding the differences in human nature and existence, engagement in deeper societal questions and learning how you can impact the world around you.

   We are located in the heart of Canada’s largest multicultural city of Toronto with close proximity to libraries, lectures, museums, shops, restaurants and many great cultural and other institutions.  I hope you will find ADLER as exciting and enriching as many of our previous students have. This is a place that is actively pursuing a multiplicity of ideas, visions and experiences that can be valued as potentials and possibilities of the future. To quote Alfred Adler: “ The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, bring peace to every human soul”.

Admission in the M.Psy program at ADLER is the responsibility of the Program Admissions Committee,
who reviews all submitted applications and bases its recommendation for any given applicant on her or
his fulfillment of the Academic Requirements, their demonstrated proficiency in the English language,
the nature and quality of the Statement of Intent, interviews with faculty members as appropriate, and
the results of the applicant’s participation in the mandatory pre-admission course. 
No single factor will determine admissibility; rather, it is the collective judgment of the Committee
members as to the likelihood of the applicant’s success in the program and their assessment of the
candidate’s potential to apply his/her acquired knowledge and experiences in live workplaces and
organizations that will govern a recommendation for admission. 
ADLER reserves the right to grant or deny admission to any applicant at its sole discretion.
Applicants for the M.Psy degree with ADLER are required to possess the following:
1. 4-year undergraduate degree in Psychology with a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4-point scale) or better
2. Completion in the first trimester of ADLER’s GP-100 Thriving in Graduate School course (cost is
included in $100 CDN application fee).
3. English language proficiency, demonstrated by either:
                 a. English being the applicant’s first language;
                 b. Completion of the applicant’s undergraduate degree at a university in which the language of
instruction and examination is English; or
                 c. A formal assessment by one of the following organizations to the respective indicated
                    i. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A minimum overall score of 580 with a Test
of Written English component score of 5 is required for paper-based tests; an overall score of 93 with a
writing/speaking component score of 22 is required for Internet-based tests.
                    ii. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A minimum score of 85 is
                    iii. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 7.0 (Academic)
is required.
                    iv. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE). A minimum score of 76 (with at least 22 in
each component and 32 in the writing component) is required.
                    v. Academic Preparation Course, International ESL Program, Continuing Studies, University of
Toronto.  A minimum final grade of B in Level 60 is required.
4. An applicant who presents with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be offered either full or
provisional admission, subject to the approval of the Academic Vice-President, and based on a
compelling written submission by a recommending faculty member who will assume responsibility for
the student’s academic support should s/he require it. If the applicant is applying to either Psychology,
admission may be subject to completion of the Transitional Equivalency program, described below.

Application Requirements
1. Minimum application requirement – Undergraduate degree in Psychology, 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a
4-point scale) or better.
 In certain cases – for example, those who are missing a minimal number of undergraduate credits to
have had a Psychology major – the applicant may be admitted to the Master of Psychology program
with Concurrent TQ. This means that the applicant may take Master-level courses together, along with
the designated TQ courses.
2. A course by course evaluation of transcripts sent directly to ADLER from World Education Services
3. A 3- to 5-page Statement of Intent, which comprises an autobiographical reflection essay outlining
how the applicant’s personal history and life experience informs both a potential research focus area in
psychology studies, and their calling to a future practice as a psychologist.
4. Personal interview with the International Program Director, with an overall assessment of 4 or 5 (on a
5- point scale). A writing sample will be completed during the interview based on an article provided to
the candidate prior to the interview.
5. Two letters of recommendation from arms-length referees, one of which should be from an academic
referee. Ideally, at least one of the referees should know the applicant in a context related to
psychological or social services.
6. Resume
7. Admission decisions are made by a consensus agreement among Psychology Core Faculty members acting as Admissions Committee. At a minimum this includes the Faculty Dean, Dean of Students,
Director of Clinical Training, Director of Transitional Equivalency program, and instructor of the Portfolio Seminar.
Student visa information
 Payment of the first trimester international fee must be paid prior to any documentation being provided for the purpose of applying for a student visa.
 Student visa denied. – Proof of denial must be submitted to receive a refund of the international fee, minus $200 administrative fee.
 Change of plans - proof of cancelation of the student visa from Canadian government must be
provided to receive a refund of the international fee , minus $500 administrative fee.
 No refund will be provided without proof of visa cancelation.
 Student visa documentation must be provided one month prior to the start of the program for a space to be held in a specific cohort.