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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- ChinaFest 2016: Xi Jinping's China - Goals, Challenges & ProspectsFeb117:00 PM - 8:30 PMXi Jinping has laid out a very ambitious program of wide-ranging reform to set China on a sustainable path to wealth and... Continue reading
- Hip-Hop Panel Discussion: Politics, Art, and Parody in ObamatimeFeb185:00 PM - 8:00 PMBarack Obama flipped the script on more than three decades of conventional wisdom when he openly embraced hip hop... Continue reading
- Bernard Perlin: An Anthology of Drawings, 1934-1994Feb226:00 PM - 8:00 PMAttend the opening lecture for the exhibition “Bernard Perlin: An Anthology of Drawings, 1934-1994.” A... Continue reading
- Peple Lecture Featuring NPR's Scott SimonFeb282:30 PM - 5:00 PMSpend an afternoon with acclaimed journalist and author Scott Simon, the host of National Public Radio’s Weekend... Continue reading
- American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference featuring Bryan StevensonFeb296:00 PM - 7:00 PMAmerica has the largest prison population in the world – and the criminal justice system that puts the men, women,... Continue reading
- Symposium for 'The French Horse from Gericault to Picasso'Mar026:00 PM - 8:30 PMJoin this symposium presented by UR students enrolled in the class “The French Horse from Gericault to Picasso:... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionMar156:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- Maximizing your LinkedIn AccountMar1812:30 PM - 1:30 PMYou may have a LinkedIn account, but what does your profile communicate about you? Attend this webinar to learn how to... Continue reading
- Remembering Ireland's Easter Rising 100 Years Later: A Michael Collins MovieMar241:00 PM - 3:00 PMThe Easter Rebellion was an armed insurrection mounted by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish... Continue reading
- The Wrench That Saved a FamilyMar314:00 PM - 6:00 PMOn October 28, 1941, 27,000 Jews in the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania were forced to line up in rows. In front of them stood... Continue reading
News & Releases
In-Depth at SPCS
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
Freddie Hornedo, C'14, encourages fellow adult students to 'keep moving toward your goal'
A class project leads to independent study and, ultimately, a resource for comic arts researchers everywhere
UR's Master of Liberal Arts program prepares Russell Hunter, GC'14, for doctoral study on the effects of drone use on different cultures
Megan Barger, C'14, continues to follow her passion for law - this time at law school
Leading in Context CEO & author of '7 Lenses' talks about her engagement in Innovations in Teaching for SPCS
Teacher celebrates the first-year anniversary of the Youth Life REMIX program for teens
PSA combines old-school research and rhetoric with digital storytelling
Dr. Ed Ayers, university president, finds the seeds of excellence in past & present
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.
- 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.
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- Manyang Kher is an SPCS student who will be graduating this year. Check out his story!
- Congratulations to Cindy L. Trask, GC'12, who was named the new Head of the Upper School of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Trask earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.
- SPCS is helping sponsor the Richmond Spiders Men's Basketball 'Red Out the Robins Center' game on February 24. Get your Red on and support your Richmond Spiders against GW Men's Basketball!
- Hibernia’s groundbreaking approach to high quality ITT (initial teacher training) is setting a high bar for other e-learning organizations. What started as a highly protested transition, with fears that online teachers wouldn’t be properly trained, is becoming a global phenomenon. As schools adjust to these shifts, I talked to Breakwell about the future of e-learning and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. From digital badges on top e-learning platforms to live inner-ear headphone coaching for teachers, Breakwell gave me the scoop on what’s to come. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/c-m-rubin/the-global-search-for-edu_b_8189738.html
- Thanks to Institute on Philanthropy at University of Richmond for sharing this photo of our dean at work!
- Lots to get ready for this month. Here's a preview: an event involving SPCS professor Erik Nielson, one of University of Richmond's #BlackHistoryMonth celebration events.
- What are the biggest trends shaping education? Define learning literacy? How is online education transforming Latin America? Our voices in The Global Search for Education this month, including Thana Faroq, Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, Tracy Burns, Felix Bernstein, Michael Trucano, Jon Harman and Jim Wynn, shared profound insights into the art world, the growing opportunities afforded by new technology, the lessons learned in observing street life, and strategies to revolutionize education in order to realize in our children the promises of life-long learning. And listen up Silicon Valley – our Top 12 Global Teachers have also shared their top tips on designing software for the world’s classrooms. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/c-m-rubin/around-the-world-in-30-da_b_9116692.html
- Today University of Richmond Career Services is hosting the Spring Spider Career Expo. 50 employers are here on campus: check it out if you get a chance! 12-3pm in the Alice Haynes Room.
- This month, we posed this question to our Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers: What lessons can teachers offer to designers of software for the classroom? New learning tools can mean new ways to engage students, but this month our experts from classrooms around the world have shared their ideas and feedback on this topic. So listen up Silicon Valley! http://www.cmrubinworld.com/the-global-search-for-education-our-top-12-global-teacher-blogs-january
- If you're planning to graduate or walk at graduation in May, it's time to order your Commencement regalia! The order deadline is February 2.
- If you have questions about financial aid, don't miss tomorrow's "Understanding Financial Aid" breakfast talk with Belinda Hill, UR's Associate Director of Financial Aid: 7:30-8:30 a.m., online registration required. You'll be finished in time to get to work!
- We're back open with snow on the ground!
- Update for Monday, January 25: University of Richmond is CLOSED today and all classes and events cancelled (except Richmond Spiders Men's Basketball game at 7pm). Continue to monitor email and http://alert.richmond.edu for updates.
- Weather update: University of Richmond will open at 12 noon on Monday, January 25. Events and classes scheduled to start before noon are cancelled. Continuing consulting http://alert.richmond.edu for updates.
- Update on weather cancellations: University of Richmond has cancelled all events on Sunday, January 24. Visit http://alert.richmond.edu for details and updates.
- Weather closing update: University of Richmond will close at 10:15 a.m. today, Friday, January 22 and remain closed until 8 a.m. Sunday, January 24. Continue to visit http://alert.richmond.edu for updates.
- Inclement Weather Update: Classes and activities starting between 12 noon on Friday, January 22, and 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 24 are CANCELLED. Visit http://alert.richmond.edu for updates.
- While we don't think #snowpocalypse is eminent, you should stay tuned to alert.richmond.edu for emergency updates. Take a few minutes to sign up for UR Alerts to be sure you receive directly any emergency messages. #uralert University of Richmond Department of Public Safety (URDPS)
@urspcs on Twitter
- RT @URNews2Use: Rubio, #rap and Republicans' well-deserved electoral backlash by @ErikNielson (@urspcs) and @Basedprof https://t.co/FjSoDy1…
- SPCS education prof Kate Cassada offers insight on student safety in @NBC12 news story: https://t.co/kAVwtZ9LXj
- Get ready for a #HipHip & #Obamatime panel discussion Feb 18 including #SPCS professor @ErikNielson: https://t.co/1q97sOYaEe
- MT @URNews2Use: UR (@urichmond, @studyabroadUR, #Osher) hosting ChinaFest Feb 11-14 via @rvanews https://t.co/563SKogpNu
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Still a few spaces left in the new #interiordesign #trends class @urspcs @blondereddell https://t.co/OktpeRr6ES #RVA
- RT @trockr11: Just being me in the 2015-16 @urspcs Publication. Haha! https://t.co/36PVxo3Z1P
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: #urpermaculture is underway! @urspcs #RVA @pcproject https://t.co/gBVMUTHBL4
- MT @TomParfittSPCS: Wayne Weiseman @pcproject gave 2 fascinating #permaculture talks @StewardSchool #urpermaculture https://t.co/SUYwd1wiXB
- MT @TomParfittSPCS: A few spaces available for #permaculture design certificate! #URpermaculture #rva @urspcs https://t.co/6SsBCKSX76
- Time to order #commencement regalia for May 2016 graduation! Deadline is Feb 2. https://t.co/tykjX2SDKz https://t.co/9H2KgXovuU
- RT @SHAdams: Just registered for a Women of Color Conference at my alma mater @urichmond on 2/19: https://t.co/cyWwn8cttB Our stories matte…
- Jan 29: @URSpiderNetwork Spider Career Expo featuring over 60 employers! New year... maybe a new career! https://t.co/X2W81jgpvg
- RT @urichmond: Update: UR closed today, Mon, Jan 25. @RichmondBball vs. Davidson College game will be held at 7p https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp.
- #urwx update: @urichmond will delay opening until 12 noon on Mon, Jan 25. Continue following @uralert & https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp
- Update on weather closure: @urichmond has cancelled all events on Sunday, Jan 24. Continue to monitor updates: https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp
- RT @urichmond: Let the snow art begin! Stay safe and warm out there, Spiders! #brrr ❄️🕷❄️ https://t.co/O3TD6xPM1f
- New @urichmond closing time today: 10:15a. All classes & events cancelled from 10:15 today thru 8a Sunday. Updates: https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp
- How did class go? RT @leadingincontxt: Anticipating interesting conversations in Applied #Ethics class tonight! @urspcs #highered
- Just in: @urichmond classes & events starting 12p Fri, Jan 22 to 8a Sun, Jan 24 CANCELLED. Updates at https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp #rvawx #rva
- Ready for the #snowpocalypse? Visit https://t.co/TbXPAr8rCp and follow @uralert for emergency updates. #uralert