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., [ecramer@vcu.edu; (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 [sbrubaker@vcu.edu; (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.