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.
We're a top 50 public affairs university: we moved up 12 places in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings for best graduate public affairs program in the nation, coming in at No. 44.
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.
In addition to graduate certificates in our main academic programs, we also offer the following certificates:
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.
Gain a foundation in nonprofit management, including fundraising, law and ethics, financial management and governance.
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.
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.
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.
Earn a J.D. from the law school at the University of Richmond and an M.P.A. from VCU.