This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
The dual degree Master of Social Work and Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention program is a collaborative effort among the L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Affairs, the School of Social Work and community advocates working in the area of sexual and domestic violence. Master of Social Work students may simultaneously earn the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention offered by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. The certificate requires a total of 15 credit hours.
To enroll in the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention simultaneously with the M.S.W., students must complete a graduate application for the certificate program and pay the required fee to Graduate Admissions; however, no supporting information is required for students who are already enrolled in good standing in the M.S.W. program.
Applicants will need to complete an online application through Graduate Admissions, pay the application fee and submit a personal statement expressing their interest in the program and indicating that they are currently in the M.S.W. program. Students may email the Graduate School to arrange for references, resume/CV and transcripts already on file from the M.S.W. program to be added to the application.
Additional information may be obtained from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Box 842027, Richmond, VA 23284-2027, Attention: Elizabeth Cramer, Ph.D., [email@example.com; (804) 828-9027], Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention Adviser. Detailed information about the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention is available from Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., Wilder School [firstname.lastname@example.org; (804) 827-2400]. Certificate courses can be completed after M.S.W. degree requirements have been completed as long as there is continuous enrollment. All M.S.W. students interested in the certificate should check the course schedule for changes and other course offerings.
See the individual program pages for specific admission requirements, application deadlines, program goals, student learning outcomes, degree requirements and graduation requirements for the M.S.W. and Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention programs.
|Degree:||Semester(s) of entry:||Deadline dates:||Test requirements:|
|M.S.W. and Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate||Fall||Apr 1 (Mar 1 for financial aid)|
|GVPA 623||Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs 1||3|
|GVPA 635||Theorizing Gender Violence||3|
|GVPA 693||Internship 2||3|
|PADM 650||Principles of Nonprofit Management 3||3|
|SLWK 761||Interpersonal Violence in Clinical Social Work Practice||3|
The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention for students in the M.S.W. program is 15.
Once students are admitted and enrolled in the certificate program, they should consult the certificate adviser when they choose their field placements to ensure that at least one placement is conducted in a setting that addresses gender violence.
Melissa D. Stewart, Ph.D.
Graduate program director, M.S.W. Program
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D.
Graduate program director, Gender Violence Intervention Program
Graduate Student Services and Advising
Program websites: socialwork.vcu.edu and