The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) 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 programs:
Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and/or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Professional Counseling must have completed a master's degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better. Master's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a master's degree in psychology, education or a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better. Master's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Organizational Development and Leadership will be eligible if they have completed a master's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better.
Students currently enrolled in PCOM's MS in Organizational Development and Leadership degree programs may enroll in the CAGS program while completing the MS degree.
Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Organizational Development and Leadership. Students will complete 18 credits for Applied Behavior Analysis.
Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends, depending on the format for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Organizational Development and Leadership. There is an online format for Applied Behavior Analysis.
As an applicant to any of the PCOM Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies program, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted on time.
Required application materials are as follows:
Supporting application materials may be mailed to:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
The CAGS program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified in writing of the Admission Committee's decision, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.
In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through PreCheck. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.
Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the college's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.
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