L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Setting you up for success

Connect with our advising staff for one-on-one consultations about programs requirements, careers and more.

Wilder School advisers help prospective students, undergraduate students, graduate students and graduate faculty navigate the ins and outs of our programs and requirements.

Appointments are required for all current students; prospective graduate students may drop in for initial consults.


General course advising: You’ll meet with graduate students who are trained to carefully track all degree requirements. They also process graduation applications, student academic progress appeals for financial aid, and academic appeals issues.

Career advising: You’ll meet with your undergraduate program chair, who can advise you about jobs in your field of study, career paths and graduate school. Program chairs also evaluate transfer credits that apply to their program. The Office of Student Success Programming also offers career advising services.

Advising staff


Prospective students: Learn about specific admission requirements for the Wilder School’s master’s and doctoral programs. Walk-ins are welcome.

Newly admitted students: Discuss course offerings, course sequencing and any orientation questions. The advising office conducts new student orientation at the beginning of each academic year.

Current students: Meet with us to review course options; requirements for programs, doctoral dissertations and graduation; teaching assistantships and administrative issues. If needed, we’ll recommend a follow-up appointment with your program chair for specific issues.

Graduate faculty: We support you by serving as the primary liaison with the Graduate School, including processing student application materials, notifying the Graduate School of admission decisions, managing appointments and assignments of graduate teaching assistants, coordinating logistical support for classes, processing special actions to resolve student issues, coordinating change of grade and course override requests and responding to program inquiries.

Advising staff


Attend a "Why Wilder?" information session! Details here

2018-2019 Policies and Procedures Guide

For assistance accessing information in the policies and procedures guide, please contact the Wilder School at wilderschool@vcu.edu

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