Check out our Think Again classes
With more than 400 classes to choose from, there’s a class for you in our Think Again schedule. And be sure to check out new professional certifications in Permaculture Design and Information Systems & Security!
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 through our degree and certificate programs, personal enrichment courses, professional training and summer programs.
SPCS is one of five schools of the University of Richmond. We specialize in nontraditional students in the Richmond region — those who are not pursuing a full-time residential undergraduate degree.
SPCS makes the resources of the University of Richmond available 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. And we do it for less than you might think.
Choose your path. And welcome to the University of Richmond.
- Osher Institute Campus Walking TourNov303:00 PM - 4:00 PMJoin us for a walking tour of the beautiful University of Richmond campus. Led by Osher members, the tour provides an... Continue reading
- Osher Lecture: The Economics of Tourism in the Richmond RegionDec021:00 PM - 2:30 PMTourism is a huge economic development engine in the Richmond Region. Come to this class to hear how the UCI Road World... Continue reading
- Osher Presentation: A Dickens of a Christmas CarolDec031:00 PM - 3:00 PMWe will examine the culture of Charles Dickens's time, followed by a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol using the... Continue reading
- Partners in the Arts Instructional Specialist WorkshopDec048:30 AM - 4:00 PMThis session is open to instructional specialists from Goochland County, Hanover County, Powhatan County,... Continue reading
- SPCS New Student OrientationJan076:00 PM - 8:00 PMNewly-admitted students to degree programs in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies are invited to attend... Continue reading
- Can You Really Find Passion in Life and Work? - WebinarJan0812:30 PM - 1:30 PMIn the past, you might have been told that finding your passion was the key to career success. Some people have been... Continue reading
- American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a DifferenceFeb296:00 PM - 8:00 PMBryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Continue reading
- Maximize Your LinkedIn Account - WebinarMar105:30 PM - 6:30 PMYou may have a LinkedIn account, but what does your profile communicate about you? Attend this webinar to learn how to... 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
2013 Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award recipient see doors opened by UR degree
Faculty & Staff Notes
- 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.
- RTD 'In My Shoes' Column
Dr. Liz Sheehan, retired Partners in the Arts director and SPCS adjunct professor, wrote In My Shoes: Finding a Little Ancestral Peace While Digging into the Past for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- Quoted on superintendent resignation
Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS professor and chair of graduate education, was quoted in a NBC12 story on the resignation of Petersburg Public Schools superintendent Joseph Melvin.
- Co-edited book published
Dr. Erik Nielson, asst. professor and asst. program chair, liberal arts, co-edited a book (with Cornell’s Travis L. Gosa) published by Oxford University Press titled The Hip Hop and Obama Reader.
- Cosby High named National Blue Ribbon School
Cosby High School, led by principal and SPCS adjunct professor Dr. Brenda Mayo, named Exemplary High Performing School among National Blue Ribbon Schools.
- Artist in Residence in Brazil
Rob McAdams, director of Partners in the Arts, is artist in residence for two weeks in Brazil thanks to the Santa Catarina-Virginia chapter of Partners of the Americas. Follow him at #RobNoBrasil
SPCS on Facebook
- At SPCS, we are grateful for our students and their remarkable stories of persistence and tenacity. We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. SPCS offices are closed for the holiday and will re-open on Monday, November 30, at 8:30 a.m.
- Great followup article with video from WTVR CBS 6 News about the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and ConnectVA Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Spotlight event, sponsored by SPCS. #nonprofit #spcs #ynpn #connectva
- SPCS was proud to help sponsor the ConnectVA Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Spotlight held November 18, 2015. Congratulations to those recognized — and thanks for the opportunity to have Dean Jamelle Wilson address the audience! #nonprofit #spcs
- Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean, University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies
- Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean, University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies
- Thank you University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies for your support!
- Thank you University of University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies for your support!
- The Spring 2016 schedule of noncredit classes — Think Again — is now available online. Learn about new programs in Permaculture Design and Information Systems and Security, and check out our wide range of online courses offered in partnership with LERN, a trusted provider of online educational programs. #permaculture #infosecurity #networksecurity #cybersecurity
- Join us this evening for the final information session of the semester for SPCS degree programs: walk-ins are always welcome! Jepson Alumni Center, 6-7:30 pm. We'll even through in heavy appetizers for dinner!
- Lots of University of Richmond Spider sports this weekend! Today is the season opener at home for Richmond Women's Basketball taking on Old Dominion Monarchs women's basketball and for Richmond Spiders Men's Basketball taking on JMU Men's Basketball. And tomorrow is gameday at Richmond with Richmond Spiders football taking on Villanova Football. Hope you can attend a game and cheer on your Richmond Spiders! #OneRichmond
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a brief history of Veteran's Day. Thanks to all who have served, especially our faculty, staff, students and alumni. #veteransday
- Registration for spring 2016 degree program classes is now open for continuing and newly admitted students! Register via BannerWeb to ensure a spot in your favorite classes!
- Registration for Spring 2016 SPCS degree program classes opens at 9am next Tuesday. Check the schedule to be sure you're ready! #registration #spring2016
- Coming November 12, 4:30-6:30 pm: #TEDxUR. Visit the site for speaker information and opportunities to join the conversation centered around the theme #explore
- Don't forget about SPCS Student Week events through Friday evening! Open to all SPCS degree-seeking students. #spcsweek
- November is International Month at University of Richmond! Check out events happening throughout the month and join in. #imonth
- We're pleased to offer our first information session for the fall 2016 cohort of Weekend College Fredericksburg on Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8pm at Germanna Community College. #WeekendCollege #DegreeCompletion
@urspcs on Twitter
- At #SPCS we are grateful for our students & the remarkable stories they bring to @urichmond. #HappyThanksgiving https://t.co/si9qB4XCh8
- Thanks! #happythanksgiving! https://t.co/tGmibVnYbY
- Article about last week's @YNPNRVA @Connect_VA #Nonprofit Spotlight event via @cbs6 - #SPCS sponsored the event https://t.co/kQHWNloQla
- MT @TomParfittSPCS: #ITsecurity competencies without commitment of a degree program. https://t.co/dkz8H8TPlu #RVA #OpenEnrollment @urspcs
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: #Permaculture #design certificate in #RVA @urspcs https://t.co/csOgUtHUQU Create a #sustainable #forestgarden & more
- RT @URNews2Use: President Crutcher opinion: On #diversity, fifty years later via @RTDNEWS https://t.co/XZwnupKpXF @racrutcher @urichmond
- RT @PIAURSPCS: Joan Oates thought our selfie was hilarious Awesome lady #2015joi #robnobrasil @urspcs https://t.co/T7nOklFwb3
- Spring 2016 #ThinkAgain schedule now available online! Registration opens Dec 1; https://t.co/Tk97NYrIL4 #permaculture #ITsecurity
- RT @AnikaHorn: Local #Ecosystem Night for #SocEnt w brilliant @VCUENT mentors & great @urspcs students! Thanks @804RVA for hosting! https:/…
- Hosting our last #InfoSession of the semester for #SPCS degree programs today @ 6p: #WalkinsWelcome always! https://t.co/nFqekMHQvt
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: #Permaculture #design certificate in #RVA @urspcs https://t.co/BcRoFJgDZj Create a #sustainable #forestgarden & more ht…
- RT @DeptVetAffairs: #VeteranOfTheDay is dedicated to all the living Servicemen and women who served our country with honor #HonoringVets ht…
- Registration for spring 2016 #SPCS degree program classes is now open! https://t.co/vs0mzHvn7E #backtoschool https://t.co/4eOghHqhjo
- Hey @allianztravelus #RVA: At today's Career Center Open House, meet @TammyASPCS & @erica_SPCS - see how #SPCS can help reach career goals
- Starting now: #BannerWeb registration open for Spring 2016 degree program classes! https://t.co/lgT5e65WQt
- BannerWeb registration opens tmrrw @ 9a for #SPCS Spring 2016 degree program classes. Class schedule: https://t.co/QF5ptQ9VNZ
- Info to come! MT @pipefish_: i'll be #teaching Intro to Networking & Security apr-may @urspcs if you want to get introduced to the concepts
- Final #spcsnight event: snacks & prize drawing in classes during Weekend College #Germanna & #Richmond tonight: https://t.co/vTbVlp93M4
- RT @souperdad44: So proud of the @urspcs mktg team for the gold, silver and bronze @UPCEA marketing awards we won today at #MEMS15.
- RT @souperdad44: Showing my #spiderpride today as we get ready to present at #MEMS15. @urichmond @urspcs @UPCEA https://t.co/QPGWt1RocN