Abell, Dr. Melissa L.
Director, M.S.W. Program
See the individual program pages for admission requirements specific to the separate degrees.
Students seeking a Master of Social Work may pursue a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Through a cooperative arrangement with the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, M.S.W. students pursuing the Social Work Administration, Planning and Policy Practice (SWAPPP) concentration may simultaneously earn the graduate certificate in nonprofit management offered by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Social work SWAPPP concentration students are required to complete three nonprofit courses: PADM 656 Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector (fall course); PADM 659 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (spring course); and PADM 661 Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics (summer course) in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
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 Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice I. The second course can be SLWK 711 Strategies for Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice or SLWK 713 Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice II.
M.S.W. clinical concentration students must complete 15 course credits in nonprofit management. Six of the PADM nonprofit credits will satisfy the M.S.W. elective requirement for either concentration.
To earn the Certificate in Nonprofit Management simultaneously with the M.S.W., it is necessary to complete a graduate school application for the certificate program; however, no supporting documents are required for students who are already enrolled in good standing in the social work master’s degree program.
Additional information may be obtained from the School of Social Work Web site at: www.vcu.edu/slwweb or by writing:
School of Social Work
Virginia Commonwealth University
1001 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027
Attention: Certificate in Nonprofit Management Adviser
Detailed information about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management can be obtained from Nancy Stutts, assistant professor and interim chair of the Master of Public Administration program, (804) 828-2164 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.