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Choosing to complete a graduate degree is a defining moment. It’s challenging to fit education into a busy schedule. Caldwell offers solutions with nationally accredited programs, including several available 100% online. In support of the University’s Dominican Catholic tradition of commitment to higher education, our mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. 

We currently serve approximately 600 graduate students enrolled in a variety of programs in the following disciplines: Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Counseling, Education, and new for 2019, Nursing. Whether you choose to pursue a master’s degree, a graduate or professional certificate, or a doctoral program, we are confident you will be challenged intellectually and enriched academically.

Caldwell University offers two graduate degrees in Business: the Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MBA program offers a rigorous 33-credit curriculum that has been carefully prepared to meet the demands of a 21st-century business world, with concentrations in Accounting, Global Business, Human Resource Management, and Marketing.

The MBA program is also offered in a fully online, accelerated format, allowing students to finish quickly and complete their MBA on their own time from anywhere at a reduced tuition rate! 

The MS in Accounting is designed for those who wish to specialize in accounting at the graduate level. Given the requirement for 150 academic credits in order to qualify for CPA licensure in New Jersey and many other states, the MS in Accounting is an ideal program for students anticipating a career as a CPA. 

The Graduate Division of Business prides itself on its connection to the business community, which results in excellent internships and job opportunities as well as practical benefits from interactions with guest speakers and mentors. Caldwell Business graduates are employed by a variety of major corporations, including ADP®, Citibank®, Goldman Sachs, Merck, Pfizer, Prudential, and PWC, as well as other well-known companies in a variety of business fields.

Since these programs are geared toward the technical and soft skills of business, Caldwell produces well-rounded students who meet the demanding needs of today’s competitive corporate and nonprofit environments.

Caldwell University offers a number of programs that help prepare educators to become leaders in their fields and strengthen the education of our youth. Caldwell’s Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through October 2020. The accreditation certifies this program adheres to CAEP’s quality principles. 

Graduate Education programs include: 
• EdD in Educational Leadership
- Higher Education Leadership
- K-12 Leadership
- Special Education Leadership
• English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification (online)
• MA in Curriculum and Instruction
• MA in Educational Administration (on campus and online)
• MA in Higher Education (online)
• MA in Literacy Instruction 
• MA in Special Education 
• PhD in Educational Leadership
- Higher Education Leadership
- K-12 Leadership
- Special Education Leadership
• Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification 
• Post-master LDT-C Certification
• Post-master Principal Certification (on campus and online)
• Post-master Reading Specialist Certification
• Post-master Superintendent Certification 
• Post-master Supervisor Certification (on campus and online) 
• Special Education Certification  

Applied Behavior Analysis 
Caldwell University’s Master of Arts, post-master’s, and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provide students with the skills and experience to become leaders in the field of applied behavior analysis. Through coursework, participation in applied and research practica, and completion of an empirical thesis or dissertation, students develop a strong foundation in the science of behavior analysis to explain behavior and to apply these basic principles to improve individual and social conditions. The master’s and post-master’s programs meet education and experience requirements to prepare graduates to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). 

Students enrolled in one of the ABA graduate programs may have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of experiences, including: 
• Qualification for a graduate assistantship in the Caldwell University Center for Autism and ABA
• Eligibility for employment in the Caldwell University Center for Autism and ABA
• Participation in conducting behavior analytic research projects, attending and presenting at regional and national professional conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals 
• Receiving training on teaching at the secondary level and teaching experiences as a teaching assistant and instructor of record
• Joining a range of professional activities and involvement in local and national professional organizations  

Caldwell’s graduate programs in Counseling prepare students to work effectively in a variety of settings as mental health counselors, school counselors, and art therapists. The three areas share a number of core courses and provide specialized education in their unique focus areas as well. A central component of Caldwell University’s programs is the integration of spirituality, enabling students to incorporate this important dimension in concert with conventional practices.

The graduate Counseling programs are: 
• MA in Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling Specialization
- Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization
- School Counseling Specialization
• Post-graduate MA in Art Therapy
• Post-master Director of School Counseling Services 
• Post-master Professional Counselor Licensing 
• Post-master School Counseling Specialization

All three areas of Caldwell’s graduate programs in Counseling have received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). In fact, our MA in Counseling with Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy Specialization was the first Art Therapy program in the country to hold CACREP accreditation. 

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in School Counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.

The MA in Counseling with Mental Health Counseling Specialization is a rigorous 60-credit degree program that prepares students to effectively function as clinical mental health counselors in a variety of human service settings. Graduates of this program hold a master’s degree that fully satisfies the coursework requirements for licensure in New Jersey as a professional counselor.

The MA in Counseling with Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy Specialization is a uniquely designed, 63-credit interdisciplinary program that prepares students to effectively function as mental health counselors and art therapists in a variety of human service settings. The program integrates the practice of art therapy within the mental health counseling model, reflected in educational philosophy, course readings, and course content. The program is accredited by CACREP and approved by the American Art Therapy Association. Graduates of the program meet educational requirements for registration as art therapists as well as requirements to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in New Jersey.

Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health is offering a new fully online Master of Science in Nursing program in Population Health for fall 2019, the first of its kind in New Jersey. Students will be prepared to serve as leaders in nursing and health care. Graduates will be qualified to work in a number of positions within a variety of health care systems, including care coordinators and project, case, and nurse managers in outpatient facilities, hospitals, public health departments, and insurance and quality improvement fields. They will also be qualified to teach in undergraduate Nursing programs.

Students will study how to integrate technology and utilize data to identify trends and issues associated with the overall health of populations. They will focus on developing strategies that aim to improve the health of populations and prevent disease while incorporating the social determinants of health.

The MSN in Population Health is comprised of 36 credits. The program is designed to take students two years to complete. Coursework includes advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment in addition to research and statistics.

This interdisciplinary program allows students to design their research for their areas of interest and practice. Capstone coursework will examine health care data for a large multispecialty medical practice and develop health promotion programs. An example includes the identification of ZIP codes with low vaccination rates and work toward improving compliance. 

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37 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Applied Behavior Analysis            
Art Therapy              
Counseling & Therapy              
Early Childhood Education              
Educational Administration          
Educational Leadership                
Elementary Education                
Evening MBA Programs            
General MBA            
Higher Education                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Human Resources                
MBA - Marketing                
MBA - Non-Profit Admin                
Premed/Prehealth Programs                
Reading & Literacy                
Reading Specialist                
School Counseling              
School Nursing                
Secondary Education                
Special Education              
Teacher Certification                


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