Certificate of Graduate Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) program provides graduate-level psychology and organizational development and leadership courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their undergraduate training.

The Psychology Department currently offers the following CGS specialization programs:



Requirements and Criteria

Applicants for a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, education or a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better. Bachelor's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate.

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

Application Process

As an applicant to any of the PCOM Certificates of 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:

  • Application, including autobiographical statement reflecting understanding and interest in the CAGS program of choice
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate work
  • Writing Sample (preferably graded)
  • Two (2) completed reference forms and accompanying letters of recommendation.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Supporting application materials may be mailed to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

The CGS 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.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at admissions@pcom.edu.