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.  Visit the Wilder School's page for more information. 

Application process

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.

Social work students enrolled in the clinical practice concentration are required to complete four nonprofit courses (PADM 650, PADM 656, PADM 659 and PADM 661) and one elective. Two social work courses, SLWK 602 and SLWK 606 (six credits), may substitute for PADM 650 (three credits).

Note: M.S.W. students pursuing the clinical practice 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.

Curriculum requirements - SWAPPP concentration 

Course Title Hours
PADM 656Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector3
PADM 659Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
PADM 661Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics3
SLWK 712Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice I3
SLWK 711Strategies for Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice3
or SLWK 713 Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice II

The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management for students in the M.S.W. program SWAPPP concentration is 15.

Curriculum requirements - clinical practice concentration

Course Title Hours
PADM 650Principles of Nonprofit Management3
PADM 656Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector3
PADM 659Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
PADM 661Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics3
One graduate three credit-hour course from the Wilder School or elsewhere in the university (with approval from the program chair)

The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management for students in the M.S.W. program clinical practice concentration is 15.

Graduate program director
Melissa D. Stewart, Ph.D.
M.S.W. program director
Email: mdstewart2@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-2007

Nancy Stutts, Ph.D.
Director of nonprofit studies
Email: nbstutts@vcu.edu

Program website: socialwork.vcu.edu