Five great fields

Take advantage of our innovative blend of programs to major in one area while learning from others.

Every program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs gives you a chance to take theory and put it in play — from internships to field work, you’ll gain practical experience you can use at work.

Degree options

Criminal justice: Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs
Homeland security and emergency preparedness: Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs
Public administration: M.P.A., accelerated B.A./M.P.A., certificate and dual-degree programs
Public policy and administration: Doctoral program
Urban and regional studies/planning: Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs

These areas are available as both majors or minors. See each program’s page for details.

Graduate certificates

In addition to graduate certificates in our main academic programs, we also offer the following certificates:

Gender violence intervention

Designed for pre-career and mid-career professionals, this program examines the social causes, consequences and responses to gender violence. Graduates often pursue careers in advocacy, research, policy or prevention.

Program requirements

Nonprofit studies

Gain a foundation in nonprofit management, including fundraising, law and ethics, financial management and governance. 

Program requirements

Public management

Tailored for government and nonprofit professionals, this program allows you to gain skills in public administration without pursuing a full master’s degree. An off-campus location is available in Chesterfield County.

Program equirements

Combined and accelerated programs

Combined bachelor’s and master’s of public administration

Earn a combined B.A. and M.P.A. in five years by taking certain master’s-level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program.

Program requirements

Master of Urban Studies/Planning and J.D.

Earn a J.D. from the law school at the University of Richmond and a master’s in urban and regional planning from VCU in four years rather than five.

Program requirements

Master of Public Administration and J.D.

Earn a J.D. from the law school at the University of Richmond and an M.P.A. from VCU.

Program requirements