The graduate Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention is designed to prepare individuals for positions related to understanding, studying, responding to and preventing sexual and domestic violence in a variety of communities and settings. It provides specialized study in gender violence and can be earned on its own, or in conjunction with another graduate degree in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs or the School of Social Work.
- The program will guide students in the development of strong academic understanding related to gender violence intervention.
- The program will guide students in the development of skills in applying academic concepts to the practice of gender violence intervention.
Student learning outcomes
- Academic understanding
- Students will have knowledge of common types of gender violence.
- Students will have knowledge of theoretical perspectives of gender violence.
- Students will have knowledge of gender violence policies.
- Students will have the ability to demonstrate methods of applying concepts to problems, practice and policy.
- Students will demonsrate professional behaviors and boundaries while working in GVI settings and with diverse populations.
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It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
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Degree candidacy requirements
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
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As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
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Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
|Degree:||Semester(s) of entry:||Deadline dates:||Test requirements:|
|Certificate||Fall||Apr 1 (Mar 1 for financial aid)|
Applicants must meet all general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School.
Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree are eligible for admission into the certificate program. Relevant course work or practical experience will be considered in evaluating admission and substitution of courses. No more than six hours of substitution or equivalency credit will be granted. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to receive the certificate, and no more than one grade of C may be earned in the certificate program curriculum.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, a total of 15 graduate credit hours is required to earn the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention. Five courses are required, including an internship (three credit hours) that offers the opportunity for involvement in all phases of work in this field.
|GVPA 623||Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs||3|
|GVPA 635||Theorizing Gender Violence||3|
|PADM 650||Principles of Nonprofit Management||3|
|SLWK 761||Interpersonal Violence||3|
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 15
Students pursuing the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention have an opportunity to combine their studies with a Master of Social Work.
The combined Master of Social Work and Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention is a coordinated effort among the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, the School of Social Work and community advocates working in the area of sexual and domestic violence.
Apply online at VCU Graduate Admissions. For additional information, contact:
Elizabeth Cramer, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Social Work
Phone: (804) 828-9029
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D.
Director, Gender Violence Intervention Program
Phone: (804) 827-2400
Graduate program director
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D.
Phone: (804) 827-2400
Denia A. Lee-Hing, Ed.D.
Director of graduate studies
Phone: (804) 827-1430
Program website: wilder.vcu.edu/academic/certificate/intervention.html