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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.


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

  • Appointed to Board of Directors

    Professor Gretchen Flynn Morris, director of the HR Management program, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Richmond SHRM as the Vice President for Professional Advancement.

  • Presenting at NAEA Conference

    Rob McAdams, interim director of Partners in the Arts and adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts, will present “Creative Leadership in Learning & Working” at the 2016 NAEA National Convention on Thursday, March 17.

  • Led Globalization Class in Germany

    George Hiller, L’91, recently taught a short course titled “Globalization and North America” at Ludwigsburg University of Education in Ludwigsburg, Germany. One of the course themes was globalization and migration featuring a Skype presentation by Dr. Laura Kuti.

  • 2015 Discover Richmond Honoree

    SPCS dean Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson was named a 2015 Discover Richmond honoree by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and profiled in the December 2015 edition of Discover Richmond magazine.

  • Recognized for Mentoring Activities

    SPCS adjunct professor George Hiller, L’91, was recognized in a UR web feature for serving as a Burhans Civic Fellowship faculty mentor during summer 2015.

  • Newly Hired Adjunct Instructor

    Ihab AbuZayda, assistant professor of IT at Reynolds Community College, has been hired as an adjunct instructor in the SPCS Information Systems program.

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, presented a paper with Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, presented a paper with Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Tapped for Epsilon Circle of ODK

    Dr. Patricia J. Brown, Senior Associate Dean, was tapped for membership to the University of Richmond’s Epsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.

  • Moderated Law Review forum

    Dr. Dionne Ward, assistant professor of education and director of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies internships, served as moderator for the UR Law Review’s Allen Chair Symposium on School Inequality.