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Gender Violence Intervention, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Graduate program director
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D.
Associate dean, Wilder School
(804) 827-2400

Additional contact
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
(804) 828-6837

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Social Work, Master of (M.S.W.)/Gender Violence Intervention, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate) [combined]

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Admission requirements

Gender Violence Intervention, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

of entry:



Apr 1 (Mar 1 for financial aid)

Oct 1

Applicants must meet all general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School.

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The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

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.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program mission

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.

Program goals

  1. The program will guide students in the development of strong academic understanding related to gender violence intervention.
  2. The program will guide students in the development of skills in applying academic concepts to the practice of gender violence intervention.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Academic understanding
    1. Students will have knowledge of common types and theoretical perspectives of gender violence.
    2. Students will have knowledge of gender violence policies.
  2. Skills
    1. Students will have the ability to demonstrate methods of applying concepts to problems, practice and policy.
    2. Students will develop an understanding of professional behaviors and boundaries while working in GVI settings and with diverse populations.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, a total of 18 graduate credit hours is required to earn the Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention. Four courses (12 credit hours) are required. In addition, an internship course (3 credit hours), which offers the opportunity for involvement in all phases of work in this field, is required. For the remaining 3 credit hours, students may choose one of several elective options.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
Required courses 12
GVPA 623 Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs 3
PADM 650 Principles of Nonprofit Management 3
SLWK 761 Interpersonal Violence  
SOCY 635 Theorizing Gender Violence 3
Required internship 3
GVPA 693 Internship 3
Elective 3
Select one from the following:  
SOCY 631 Battered Women in the Criminal Justice System 3
SOCY 633 Application of the Policy Process to Issues of Violence 3
SOCY 660 Seminar in the Sociology of Women 3
Any graduate-level SOCY seminar course 3
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 18

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.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

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.

Graduation requirements



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