Through a cooperative arrangement with the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Master of Social Work students pursuing the concentration in administration, planning and policy practice may simultaneously earn the post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in nonprofit management offered by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
To earn the Certificate in Nonprofit Management simultaneously with the M.S.W., it is necessary to complete a graduate admissions application for the certificate program; however, no supporting documents are required for students who are already enrolled in good standing in the M.S.W. degree program.
Certificate requirements for M.S.W. students
Social work students enrolled in the SWAPPP concentration are required to complete three nonprofit courses: PADM 656, PADM 659 and PADM 661. Two social work SWAPPP courses are substituted for six credit hours of the certificate’s 15 credit-hour requirement. One of these courses is SLWK 712. The second course may be SLWK 711 or SLWK 713.
Note: M.S.W. students pursuing the clinical concentration must complete the entire 15 credit hours required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Any six of the PADM nonprofit credit hours will satisfy the M.S.W. elective requirement for either concentration.
See the individual program pages for specific admission requirements, application deadlines, program goals, student learning outcomes, degree requirements and graduation requirements for the stand-alone M.S.W. and Certificate in Nonprofit Management programs.
|PADM 656||Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector||3|
|PADM 659||Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PADM 661||Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics||3|
|SLWK 712||Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice I||3|
|SLWK 711||Strategies for Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice||3|
|or SLWK 713||Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice II|
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management for students in the M.S.W. program SWAPPP concentration 15
Graduate program directors
Melissa L. Abell, Ph.D.
Director, M.S.W. program
Phone: (804) 828-2007
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Program chair, Public Administration
Phone: (804) 828-9813
Simon H. Okoth, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
Phone: (804) 827-1430
Program websites: socialwork.vcu.edu and