The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields.
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At the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, we’re all about taking advantage of everything our city has to offer.
You’ll find our students making a difference in internships across Virginia, from the General Assembly to state agencies and nonprofits. Our faculty is immersed in research — and partner with students on it, too. Our alumni (10,000 strong) open doors to the Wilder School network at Fortune 500 companies, local governments, advocacy groups and public interest firms.
At about 1,000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students strong each year, we’re big enough to offer bold opportunities and small enough for individualized instruction and true faculty mentorship.
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.
Our strategically designed programs mean you can really customize your study based on your interests. Mix and match classes in:
- Criminal justice
- Homeland security and emergency preparedness
- Public administration
- Public policy and administration
- Urban and regional studies and planning
Welcome to the Wilder School
Published: Feb. 10, 2017 By Virginia Commonwealth University
The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University blends theory and practice, preparing students for jobs that make a difference. The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields. The Wilder School’s centers provide expertise in research, consulting and training, partnering with government agencies, nonprofits and businesses. Our location just blocks away from the state Capitol and a two-hour drive from the nation’s capital means our students have plenty of opportunities to make public policy real. Produced by Robin McLeod and Joe Kuttenkuler, VCU Marketing.