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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.


SPCS Night & Commencement 2016

SPCS Commencement 2016
SPCS Night 2016 Ceremony & Reception

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.

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • 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.

  • Engaged in Local Matters Conversation

    Dr. Tom Shields, Chair of Graduate Education and Associate Professor of Education, participated in Local Matters, a conversation series connecting faculty across campus. Shields presented as part of the ‘FYS & CBL: Experiential Learning in the First Year’ program on April 12, 2016.