Earn a UR degree on your terms.
Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, balancing academic rigor with flexibility and value. You can attend part time in the evening at a pace that supports your other life commitments. As an added value (and surprise to many), our tuition ranks among the most competitive in Richmond, and financial aid is available.
Build new skills.
Our noncredit professional development programs offer you the opportunity to expand your expertise and build your resume when you don’t have the time to commit to a degree program. Take a class or earn a certificate in dozens of topic areas from computing and technology, eMarketing, and writing to customer service and communication skills.
Catch up or get ahead at Summer School.
Stay on track with your degree plan. Pick up classes for a double major, minor or concentration. Catch up on degree requirements. Or explore something exciting or different. Plus our flexible schedules, varied class formats and multiple terms allow you to take a class or two and still have time for other summer fun.
Turn your passion into a profession.
Academic and professional noncredit certificates provide alternative credentials for career development and professionalization. Add a skillset to round out your résumé or prepare for your next career. Sometimes all it takes is a little tenacity and the right training.
Explore your love of learning in retirement.
Learning is refreshing — at any age. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond provides intellectual stimulation for a vibrant community of students age 50 and better. Attend Osher courses. Participate in interest groups. Audit select University classes. Do it all without tests or grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all. It’s your love of learning that counts.
Find your path. Explore your potential.
More than 50 years ago, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) pioneered professional and continuing education in Richmond. Today, we enrich the lives and careers of more than 5,000 part-time and nontraditional students of all ages.
As one of the five schools of the University of Richmond. We make available to nontraditional students the resources of the University to the Richmond community. We’re the only school in the nation’s top fifty small private liberal arts colleges with a dedicated division for professional and continuing education.
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionJul136:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- Osher Campus Hike: UR in the SummerJul158:30 AM - 10:30 AMJoin us for a hike of the magnificent University of Richmond campus. Led by Osher members, the tour will showcase what... Continue reading
- SPCS New Student OrientationAug186:00 PM - 8:00 PMNewly-admitted students to degree programs in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies are invited to attend... Continue reading
- Fall Spider Career ExpoSep0812:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Fall Spider Career Expo allows students and alumni to connect with full-time and internship opportunities! Over 70... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionSep216:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
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News & Releases
In-Depth at SPCS
Single mother and full-time professional proves that you can earn a degree as a working adult
High achieving graduate selected as 2016 SPCS Commencement student speaker
Math instructor receives 2016 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award
Master of HR Management student reflects on the classroom experience that brought her friendship, mentorship, networking - and a job
Retired nuclear agency executive finds learning opportunities at the Osher Institute
Unofficial Osher photographer appreciates a place to interact with different people and backgrounds
Self-professed 'information junkie' explains what the Osher Institute means to her
Using data to know your constituency groups better and improve practice
Bonner Scholar uses her Bonner summer of service and a Civic Fellowship to explore climate change in the South Pacific
Husband and wife McKinneys earn interdisciplinary degrees on the same day at the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies
SPCS faculty, staff, students and alumni join together in tribute to outgoing Dean Narduzzi
Faculty & Staff Notes
- Named Distinguished Educator
Dr. Erik Nielson, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, has been named the University Distinguished Educator Award recipient for SPCS for 2016. The official award presentation will be made at University Colloquy on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
- Presented for National Osher Webinar
Peggy Watson, W’77, was asked by the director of the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) to present a webinar on the UR Osher Institute’s strategic plan during the NRC’s monthly webinar. She did so February 17, 2016.
- Received PETE Transformation Grant
Nick Popovich, Adjunct Instructor of Information Systems, received a PETE Course Transformation Grant with Dirk Burrell, Adjunct Instructor of Information Systems, for ‘Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services; Introduction to Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing.’
- Received PETE Transformation Grant
George L. Hiller, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Robins School of Business Lecturer of International Business, received a PETE Course Transformation Grant for transforming ‘Doing Business with Latin America.’
- Featured in UR Magazine
Dr. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts, is featured in the University of Richmond Magazine in an article titled Rap on Trial that highlights Nielson’s latest research and service.
- Earned innovation award from RichTech
Dr. James F. Lane, adjunct assistant professor of education and Goochland County schools superintendent, received the Innovation in Education Award sponsored by Computer Resource Team from the Richmond Technology Council during the organization’s 21st Annual Technology Awards show and gala.
- Received adjunct teaching award
George Hiller, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Robins School of Business Lecturer of International Business received the 2015-16 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the Robins School.
- Named Superintendent of the Year
Dr. James F. Lane, adjunct assistant professor of education and Goochland County schools superintendent, was named the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
- Received doctoral research award
Daniel Hocutt, SPCS Web Manager and Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts, received the 2015-2016 English Doctoral Award for Distinction in Research from Old Dominion University.
- Co-authors Huffington Post article
Dr. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts, co-authored, with rap artist Killer Mike and Dr. Andrea Dennis of the University of Georgia, a Huffington Post article on the wrongful conviction of New Orleans rapper Mac Phipps.
SPCS on Facebook
- SPCS folks at the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler: Graduate Education chair Tom Shields.
- SPCS folks at the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler: The BIG group!
- SPCS folks at the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler: Adjunct faculty members Dave Myers and Wendell Roberts.
- SPCS folks at the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler: Dean Jamelle Wilson.
- SPCS folks at the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler: Vivian Marcoccio in the background.
- We're pleased to release the fall schedule of classes for degree-seeking and credit-earning undergrad and graduate students. Registration opens Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 9 a.m. in Bannerweb. Get ready!
- Our #Osher members are wise...
- SPCS and University of Richmond Career Services Advisor Tonya Osmond shares insight from Strictly Marketing Magazine on top networking mistakes made by job seekers.
- Application deadlines extended for the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts: June 20 for graduate credit, June 22 for conference/non-credit registration. Great opportunity for #RVA #teachers!
- We're excited to welcome local teachers to the 2016 Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts!
- Teachers, it’s not too late to apply for the upcoming Joan Oates Institute and take a book-making workshop with Aijung Kim! The application deadline is June 20 for graduate credit registration, and June 22 for non-credit registration. University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies
- Three time Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ben Towle contributes to the PIA blog on the importance of visual narratives and the value of comics in the quest for literacy. #2016JOI University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing StudiesChop Suey Books Black Swan Books, Inc. ART 180 VCU Department of Art Education International Literacy Association VELOCITY COMICS Official Page Erika Ogier Luke Meeken
- Another guest post from one of the 2016 Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts presenters. There's still time for teachers to register for the Institute -- deadline in June 17.
- Au pairs from around the world who are participating in our Cultural Enrichment program visited the Virginia Historical Society last weekend as part of our SPCS Professional and Social Etiquette course with instructor Patricia Gallagher.
- Classes are starting to fill up, but we still have a full season of choices in the SPCS Summer #ThinkAgain catalog. Remember to visit us throughout the summer: there's always something coming up to help you explore something new, sharpen your skills, and say hello to a summer of fun!
- We're please to launch this year-long professional certificate program with the support of local industry partners. Follow your passion for craft beer by earning a professional beer brewer certificate! #RVAbeer #craftbeer #VAbeer
- LOVE & PEACE
- Have you heard the story of Manyang Kher, C'16, one of Sudan's Lost Boys? He graduated in May, and the University of Richmond magazine did a brief profile on Kher and his story.
- Partners in the Arts is a great resource for local educators. And if you're a teacher in a school or school division that's a member of the PIA Consortium, you're entitled to tuition discount for the noncredit Joan Oates Institute — a weeklong professional development opportunity you can apply toward relicensure.
- Tonight we're hosting an Information Session for our part-time degree programs (graduate and undergraduate) in addition to our Weekend College degree completion program. Interested? No need to register; we welcome walk-ins. Jepson Alumni Center at 6:00 p.m. Event includes a free light dinner.
@urspcs on Twitter
- Fall 2016 degree program class schedule now available! Registration opens Tue, Jul 5, 9a. https://t.co/X4iJOqi3CD https://t.co/NBBIJsvgth
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Check out the newest #noncredit certificate program @urspcs https://t.co/E5OavCO6YL #RVAbeer #CraftBeer #vabeer #RVA ht…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Academic Excellence, Sun, Aug 21&28. https://t.co/FITu7a2Bf7 #HelloSummer https://t.co/fuIh1r21N4
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: ACT Prep Workshop: English, Mon-Thu, Jul 11-14. https://t.co/eSZvSUh9UQ #HelloSummer https://t.co/vDDvA3pu7i
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Guiding Women Survivors of Abuse, Sat, Jun 25. https://t.co/B58uGK9iA7 #HelloSummer https://t.co/JU1K5LL6v7
- RT @URNews2Use: UR #education graduates recognized for excellence! https://t.co/hrrJ79dQ7u @urichmond @richmondas @urspcs @HenricoSchools
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Finding a Job for Life, Mon, Jun 20. https://t.co/DURJne3P3D #HelloSummer https://t.co/tEDQMrzVhu
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Frozen & Plated Desserts, Fri, Jun 3-10. https://t.co/8NcYxSVhyK #HelloSummer https://t.co/oqXleMI5dV
- We're excited to premiere this new program for craft, home & nano brewers! https://t.co/v8bURCYmwY
- RT @CheersVA: https://t.co/qOGd3s5ink - My alma mater at @urspcs came up with a great #craftbeer brewers' program. Great way to get started…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Watercolor 4 Middle Schlrs, Mon-Fri, Jul 25-29. https://t.co/gFom54y9F9 #HelloSummer https://t.co/hikbtBDUtB
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Cert. in Customer Service, online Jun 6-Jul 29. https://t.co/aburlMNOHy #HelloSummer https://t.co/2C2gb1DMa5
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: SAT Prep Workshop, Mon-Thu, Jul 11-14. https://t.co/5D0USIgtIx #HelloSummer https://t.co/tMAteA889O
- Hosting our (mostly) monthly #InfoSession about #SPCS part-time degrees for working adults tonite. Walk-ins welcome! 6p, Jepson Alumni Ctr
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Ethical Hacker Certificate https://t.co/E8gEuPEMLP, Mon, Jun 13-Sep 12. #HelloSummer https://t.co/m8S1mhWmzy
- RT @PiperNichole: Want to create a #website? Sign-up for "Web #Design for the Everyman" @urspcs #UR https://t.co/yRk9AEGkjM #rva https://t.…
- RT @URNews2Use: #HipHop scholar @ErikNielson (@urspcs professor) quoted in @HuffingtonPost article on Rapper McKinley ‘Mac’ Phipps https://…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Date Night - Hawaiian Poke, Wed, Jun 1. https://t.co/XnXaVkN5VR #HelloSummer https://t.co/CFYVm57bGA
- RT @urichmond: Ceremony to welcome home WWII veteran and UR Chancellor Dr. E. Bruce Heilman following monthlong cross-country tour https://…
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Excited about upcoming #travel? Channel that energy into a #travelwriting class @urspcs #rva https://t.co/i0DEjKY3pE ht…