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Admission to the Nonprofit Studies Program

Our nonprofit studies program values face-to-face, classroom-based learning. Individual classes are periodically offered online or as in-class/online hybrids, but the program requires classroom-based learning on the beautiful University of Richmond campus.

Admissions Information
Graduate Admissions - General

Admission to Graduate Programs

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Up to six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred toward a graduate program in the School. Transfer credits may be accepted only from another regionally accredited institution of higher education. In order for graduate academic credits completed prior to admission into a graduate program to be considered, credits: (1) must have been completed within the past five years with a grade of 'B' or better; (2) must not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree or certificate at the University of Richmond or another institution of higher education; and (3) must be approved by the Program Chair. Possible transfer credits completed while in the program must receive prior approval by the Program Chair. Except by waiver, no more than six hours may be transferred into a graduate program.

Graduate Admission Process

Students seeking admission to a graduate certificate or a master's degree program must complete the following:

  • File a Graduate Application with the School and submit the non-refundable $50 graduate application fee
  • Have official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities where college work was attempted forwarded directly to the School
  • Have three (3) letters of recommendation sent directly to the School (requirement differs for Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation and Master of Teaching)
  • Have official TOEFL scores sent (when applicable)

Official documents verifying college and university work and test scores must be sent from the institution or agency responsible for the information directly to the School.

Additional requirements vary by graduate degree programs. See the section that follows for the graduate program to which you are applying.

Graduate Admissions - Nonprofit Studies

Admission to the Master of Nonprofit Studies or Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies

Students seeking admission to the Master of Nonprofit Studies or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • Successful interview with the program chair or designee

The three letters of recommendation should include a recommender who can attest to the candidate’s academic ability and potential as a graduate student and from supervisors who can attest to the candidate’s demonstrated leadership ability. At least one of the recommendations should come from a nonprofit perspective.


Admissions Conditions

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose collegiate level or secondary level instruction was not in English, must demonstrate English proficiency by examination prior to admission to and/or enrollment in the School. The University may require additional evaluation for language proficiency through testing or individual interviews for students with scores near the minimum score.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requires a score of at least:

  • 550 on the paper-based test
  • 213 on the computer-based test
  • 80 on the internet-based test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) requires a score of 6.5 on the test.

Information on the TOEFL may be obtained by visiting the TOEFL website, The TOEFL score must be no more than five years old at the time of application.

Information on the IELTS may be obtained by visiting the IELTS website,

Ineligibility to Return to a College or University

A student who is not eligible to return to another college or university may not attend any degree or certificate program, even with unclassified status, until a minimum of one semester has elapsed. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended by such a student must be filed in the Office of the Dean.

Past Sexual Offense Conviction

Virginia law requires all public and private two-and-four-year institutions of higher education to electronically transmit information about applicants accepted for enrollment at each institution to the State Police for comparison to the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. If the University is notified that an admitted student has committed a sex offense, the admitted student is subject to the admission being revoked.



The acceptance of a student for admission into the School as a degree-seeking student (master's, bachelor's, certificate, or graduate certificate) remains in effect for a period of 12 months from the date of official notification by letter. Following acceptance, a student must enroll in the term of admittance, excluding summer. If that does not occur, the student becomes "inactive" in Banner and must contact the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services to be re-activated during the first 12 months of admittance. After the 12-month period, the student must re-apply to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, pay the application fee, and if additional college work has been completed, submit additional transcripts.


Admissions Deadlines

Standard Deadlines

These application deadlines ensure consideration for the selected term ONLY if all application requirements (including official transcripts and recommendations) are received by the admissions coordinator.

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 30
  • Summer: April 15


Contact Us

Nonprofit Studies Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133