What will I learn?

Program goal

The graduate certificate in public management is a program designed to enable practitioners in government and nonprofit organizations to acquire knowledge and skills in public administration without pursuing a full master’s degree.

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • Students will lead and manage in public governance.
  • Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.

Which department am I in?

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (18 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 August 2022


L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

923 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in physics, engineering or other area of physical science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Apr 1; Spring - Oct 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond

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