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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Grad Study

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Program Information

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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 (C.A.G.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Rowan University is designed to provide students with the necessary coursework required for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (B.C.B.A.). In addition to coursework, the B.C.B.A. certification requires a Master's degree in psychology, education or a related field and 1500 hours of experience supervised by a B.C.B.A. For more information please see Behavior Analyst Board Certification, Inc. standards at

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The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) at Rowan University requires the completion of 24 graduate semester hours (s.h.) made up of eight courses.

  • Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available
  • 8 Courses / 24 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes

Course Number Title 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

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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

    • 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)
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