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.

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.

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.

Curriculum requirements

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
Total Hours15

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
Email: mlabell@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-2007

Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Program chair, Public Administration
Email: rrhuff@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-9813

Additional contacts
Simon H. Okoth, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
Email: okothsh@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-1430

Program websites: socialwork.vcu.edu and 
wilder.vcu.edu/academic/certificate/nonprofit.html