Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

This program provides graduate-level psychology, counseling and organizational development and leadership courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training.

The Psychology Department offers four CAGS specialization tracks:


Cognitive Behavior Therapy Track

(Philadelphia Campus)

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) track is designed to train mental health professionals in the application, theory and advanced practice of cognitive behavior therapy. A six-credit (6) cognitive behavior therapy seminar taught by experts in the field forms the basis of this program. This seminar runs from September through June and is held on one Saturday a month plus one full Sunday.  In addition, students complete two (2) three-credit (3) courses taught with a cognitive behavior therapy focus.

Professional Counseling Track

(Philadelphia Campus)

The Professional Counseling track is an individualized program designed to provide mental health professionals with the courses necessary to take the licensing exam that leads to a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and the National Certified Counselor (NCC) Credential. These courses may be used in conjunction with an earned master's degree from an accredited college to complete the 60 course credits required to take the LPC licensing exam.

For additional information regarding Pennsylvania state licensing requirements, students are encouraged to visit the web site for the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Students needing more than 12 credits to take the licensure examination may take up to two additional graduate courses offered within PCOM's MS in Mental Health Counseling program at the discretion of the program director.

Organizational Development and Leadership Track

(Philadelphia Campus and Georgia Campus)

The Organizational Development and Leadership track is an Applied Behavioral Sciences action learning curriculum designed to enhance the skills and competencies of leader practitioners as they lead or engage in change in any organization setting.  Students learn how to use themselves (“use of self”) as intentional instruments of change to deliver optimal results at individual, group and organization levels. Learn more about the Organizational Development and Leadership track.

For more information on any of the CAGS programs, please contact Melanie Fields at 215-871-6439 or MelanieFi@pcom.edu.

Applied Behavior Analysis Track

(Philadelphia Campus)

The need for highly skilled professionals that can assess and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other behavioral disorders has never been greater. PCOM’s Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program was designed to meet the guidelines established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The program fulfills only the coursework requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Students must also complete a supervised field experience and pass an exam to obtain the BCBA credential. Students can complete the Applied Behavior Analysis Certification without matriculating into the Master of Science in School Psychology program.

Learn more about PCOM's certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Applicant Guidelines

Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a master's degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline. 

Students currently enrolled in either PCOM’s MS in Organizational Development and Leadership or MS in Mental Health Counseling degree programs may enroll in the CAGS program while completing the MS degree.
Applicants for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Organizational Development and Leadership will be eligible if they completed a master’s degree in any discipline.

Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate. 

Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends, depending on the format.

Learn more about the CAGS admission requirements.


Gainful Employment Disclosure for Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Professional Counseling

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy