Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Applied behavior analysis is one of the most frequently utilized treatment approaches for children and adults with special needs, such as autism and developmental disabilities. The scope of practice of behavior analysts is the use of behavioral principles for the assessment and treatment of problems. As such, behavior analysts do not conduct psychotherapy. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to provide students with the necessary coursework required for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to coursework, the BCBA certification requires a Masters degree in psychology, education or a related field and 1500 hours of experience supervised by a BCBA. For more information please see Behavior Analyst Board Certification, Inc. standards at



  • Total semester hours (s.h.) required for program completion: 24
  • Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available.


  • 8 Courses / 24 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 24 S.H.
PSY 01510 History, Philosophy, and Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02500 Basic Principles of Behavior 3
PSY 02510 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02610 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 02620 Behavioral Assessment & Functional Analysis 3
PSY 02670 Ethical & Legal Issues in ABA 3
PSY 02671 Behavioral Consultation, Supervision, and Management 3
PSY 02680 Advanced Practice in ABA 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Master's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning in Psychology, Education, or a behavior-related field

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant's experience in behavior analysis and human service delivery

    • Official Recommendation Form is required.
    • Actual letter from the recommender is required - Applicant will send directly to
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer May 18 February 15