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.
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News & Releases
In-Depth at SPCS
UR president Ronald A. Crutcher shares his enthusiasm for music with Osher members and guests
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
Faculty & Staff Notes
- Hired as NPS Program Chair
Dr. Andrew Schoeneman, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies, has been hired as the Program Chair for the SPCS Nonprofit Studies Program. Schoeneman comes most recently from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.
- Hired in Education department
Dr. Allison Brenning has been hired in the Education department as Director of Instruction & Educational Practice and will teach as an SPCS Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education.
- Hired in Education department
Dr. Deborah Napoli has been hired in the Education department as the Director of Field Placements for undergraduate and graduate Education students.
- Journal Article Published
Dr. Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair, co-authored an article with Genevieve Siegel-Hawley & Kimberly Bridges titled Solidifying Segregation or Promoting Diversity? published in Educational Administration Quarterly.
- Appointed to SOL Committee
Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, SPCS dean, has been named by Governor Terry McAullife to the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee. Wilson was selected by Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton.
- Received PETE Transformation Grant
Dr. Meghan Rosatelli, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Digital America, received a PETE Course Transformation Grant for the project ‘Memoirs from American Art.’
- 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.
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- Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley talks about her book "When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation" this evening at 5:30 p.m. in Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business. Free and open to the public, no registration required.
- Check out this blog post about what University of Richmond Osher members learned in a class about 3-D printing led by Kenny Bouwens, award-winning teacher in the Goochland Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. #urosher
- Final three of the Top 5 Reasons to attend the SPCS Homecoming Tailgate Party tomorrow, October 15: Reason #3: Good Food Reason #2: Show Our School Spirit and Competitiveness Reason #1: Last but not least, A Fun Time For All Join us tomorrow for Homecoming 2016! #GoSpiders
- Second installment of Top 5 Reasons to attend the SPCS Homecoming Tailgate Party on October 15. *** Reason #4: A chance to reconnect with long lost friends and classmates *** SPCS may not be as old as the University of Richmond, but it's been meeting the educational needs of working professionals since 1962, even before VCU and the Virginia Community College System were established. That's over 50 years of friends and classmates to connect with!
- Resume writing working designed especially for SPCS students.
- This weekend is Homecoming Weekend at University of Richmond. Are you ready?
- Interested in strategies to help you study more effectively? Come to this evening's Information Conceptualization and Self Management workshop! 6-7:30pm. Jepson Alumni Center, Rosenbaum Room. Free and open to SPCS students
- Help someone you work with or love by learning the signs of alcohol or drug additions by taking our "Learning the Signs of Alcohol/Drug Addictions" class on Saturday, October 22. This course will provide the opportunity to learn about alcohol/drug services targeted towards the prevention of alcohol/drug abuse, the early identification of abusers, and rehabilitation and treatment, while producing an overall education program so that an optimum level of health and readiness in life may be maintained.
- Tim Gruber, ’16, featured in the latest issue of the University of Richmond Magazine, is a student athlete now studying in the Teacher Licensure Preparation program.
- Do you have a teen ages 11-14 in your home who might benefit from our "Youth Etiquette Academy"? We're holding the next Academy on two Sunday afternoons, November 6 and 20. Our Youth Etiquette Academy is a two-day finishing school with a focus on good manners, courtesies, and social and cultural activities for youth. Students will gain confidence in areas of dining, the art of conversation, proper introductions, extending and responding to formal invitations, writing thank-you notes, and other elements that define excellence in manners.
- Are you responsible for billing and coding in a physician's office? You may be interested in our "Medical Billing & Coding" class held Tuesday & Thursday evenings, October 25 - January 31, 2017. This 80-hour combination billing and coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, manually file claims, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims, use generic forms to streamline billing procedures, and determine applicable services and codes using manuals.
- Looking for #FirstAid and #CPR experience? Our "First Aid & CPR" class will be held Sunday, November 13 for those interested. This class teaches first aid and CPR for adults, children, and infants. Learn how to make educated decisions while caring for children in homes and in community settings. Course fee includes American Red Cross handbook , supplies and materials for performing first aid, and a certificate of completion.
- Struggling with dietary strategies to help manage diabetes or gluten or lactose intolerance? Check out our University of Richmond Center for Culinary Artsclass "Special Diets: Diabetes, Gluten & Lactose" on Friday, October 7. This new lecture class covers these dietary strategies. Proper dietary modifications can minimize symptoms as well as future complications. Students will learn which foods are recommended, which foods to avoid, and appropriate substitutions.
- Do you have a middle school or high school student at home who's ready to start babysitting? Our "Babysitter Training Basics" held Saturday, October 22, may be exactly what your teen needs to get ready! This American Red Cross Babysitter's Training course can help students learn how to interview for a babysitting job, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, understand diapering and feeding techniques, handle bedtime issues, and much more. Must be 11 or older by the date of the class. #babysitting #thinkagain #broadhorizons
- Are you an English-speaking medical professional hoping to improve your communication with Spanish-speaking patients and clients? Consider this online class, "Spanish for Medical Professionals," held October 3-28! This Spanish class, designed specifically for healthcare professionals., will help you bridge the communication gap. Learn the basics of the language, gain an understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures, and know how to ask the questions crucial to quality healthcare. #medicine #spanish #thinkagain #broadhorizons
- Spread the word about University of Richmond Homecoming 2016 - SPCS Alumni are invited to the SPCS Alumni Tailgate party prior to the Homecoming Richmond Spiders Football game!
@urspcs on Twitter
- Don't miss this event -- starting at 5:30p in Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business!… https://t.co/ZPHUK7DMna
- RT @URNews2Use: .@urspcs professor @ErikNielson, who teaches classes in hip-hop studies, @urichmond provides insight in this @USATODAY piec…
- Improve study skills at our Info Conceptualization & Self Mgmt Workshop! Tonight, 6-7:30p, Jepson Alumni Cntr:… https://t.co/ebEI7mj3RP
- RT @HandsOnRVA: seeking #volunteer photographers for citywide day of service https://t.co/IKIGxSsUKe. @URBonner @urspcs @VCUASPiRE @VCUart…
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Learning Signs of Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Sat, Oct 22. https://t.co/F7Ya8X7fMB… https://t.co/lhEAnaVKmp
- Check out this @URichmondMag feature on Tim Gruber, ’16, graduate student athlete in the TLP program at #SPCS: https://t.co/iKSDnP5biw
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Youth Etiquette Academy (ages 11-14), Sun, Nov 6 & 20. https://t.co/8Q0xUM7iHO… https://t.co/EexQgZaEPa
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Medical Billing & Coding, Tue & Thu evenings, Oct 25 - Jan 31.… https://t.co/fEnVcXg6Y8
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: First Aid & CPR for Adults, Children & Infants, Sun, Nov 13.… https://t.co/7SjzjxvFnv
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Special Diets for Diabetes, Gluten & Lactose, Fri, Oct 7. https://t.co/kEwB3pXh1l… https://t.co/KNYzSRi3vr
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Babysitter Training Basics for Youth, Sat, Oct 22. https://t.co/nfHXqyHFYM… https://t.co/wS0PXo2JGE
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Spanish for Medical Professionals, Online, Oct 3-28. https://t.co/xdJRhFb29o… https://t.co/wDevCYVsbC
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: French Level I. Thu, Oct 6-Nov 10. https://t.co/i92CZJGNT7 #broadhorizons https://t.co/veYAhQfHOP
- RT @urengage: First TAKE 30 event with John Moeser on how Richmond elects its mayor 9/29 4:30 p.m. at UR Downtown https://t.co/bSDzOOfH54 #…
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Public Speaking Intensive Training, Mon-Tue, Oct 10-11. https://t.co/GGrcVNu8xH… https://t.co/z1s7SSrZX8
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Cooking w/ Heart Healthy Substitutes, Fri, Sep 30. https://t.co/QQiL9ekEqH… https://t.co/JyXzyBm9id
- RT @AlanHoffler: #PublicSpeaking Intensive Training. Join us at the next Workshop @urspcs 10/10 #Richmond https://t.co/T7vNIYqj5J? https:/…
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Jamestown - First 8 Months, Mon, Oct 3-24. https://t.co/bfmdc6q4LJ #broadhorizons https://t.co/UbnweDDrpU
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: Web Design for the Everyman, Thu, Sep 29-Dec 1. https://t.co/4gwgkmQxCz #broadhorizons https://t.co/z49wyEyMCq
- RT @JepsonSchool: "Words matter." - @urspcs Dean Jamelle Wilson speaking at A Conversation on Police-Community Relations https://t.co/cWqmq…