Research and Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Graduate Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Research and Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis, which is a sequence of 4 courses comprising 12 credits, is designed to be taken in conjunction with the MA in ABA at Rowan University (or a similar program outside of Rowan). Students enrolled in the COGs will get experience conducting cutting edge research under the mentorship of faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis program of the Psychology Department. They will gain hands on experience conceptualizing the research process, completing regulatory procedures needed to conduct research, developing research materials, interacting with research participants, analyzing data, writing research results (with the potential for publishing in peer-reviewed journals), and presenting those results at local, regional, or national conferences. This experience will be beneficial to any student who wishes to continue their education in a PhD program, or who wants more in-depth research experience for the benefit their applied practice. In addition to these research skills, students in the COGs will complete leadership coursework related to performance management, which will be beneficial to those who aspire for higher level supervisory roles.

Students taking the COGS coursework must have already completed, or currently be matriculated in, the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Rowan University (or a comparable program at a different institution).



The following courses make up the Certificate of Graduate Study in Research and Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

  • 4 Courses/ 12 Semester Hours
    • Required Courses: 12 semester hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
PSY 01550 Clinical Research Practicum in ABA 3
PSY 02660 Research Project in ABA I 3
PSY 02662 Research Project in ABA II 3
PSY 02672 Performance Management 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 12

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

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • 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).
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (On a 4.0 scale)

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee to schedule the interview. The interview may be in person or via telephone.)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Research and Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Graduate Studies 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
Spring 2020 01/21/2020 11/01/2019
Summer 2020 05/19/2020 04/01/2020
Fall 2020 09/01/2020 07/01/2020

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$716 $161.55 $877.55