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.
- SPCS New Student OrientationAug186:00 PM - 8:00 PMNewly-admitted students to degree programs in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies are invited to attend... Continue reading
- Fall Spider Career ExpoSep0812:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Fall Spider Career Expo allows students and alumni to connect with full-time and internship opportunities! Over 70... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionSep216:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionOct186:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionNov226:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
SPCS on Facebook
- This NBC12 story about community members connecting with local law enforcement officers features current SPCS student and Henrico County Police lieutenant James Bandy, working to earn a bachelor's degree in HR Management.
- Make the most of what's left of summer by saying hello to something new from the SPCS Summer Think Again catalog. We still have a variety of classes offered this month and next, so explore youth classes, culinary courses, and online options: there's something for everyone!
- Check out this news item from WCVE announcing the launch of our SPCS Beer Brewer Professional Certificate. Great to have so many community partners supporting this project like Alewerks Brewing Company, Ardent Craft Ales, Copper Fox Distillery, Garden Grove Brewing Company, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Midnight Brewery, Old Bust Head Brewing Company, Steam Bell Beer Works, The Answer Brewpub and Triple Crossing Brewing!
- Happening in 15 minutes: Our SPCS degree program information session for adult learners. Walk-ins welcome!
- Amanda Kehoe, GC’17, a fifth grade teacher and mother of three, wanted to expand her career possibilities and stay in tune with current trends in education. With support from her family and friends, she’s now pursuing an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies. #spiderpride
- The Osher Institute at University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies hosted lifelong learning colleagues from across the state today for a meeting to share information, best practices, and ideas for collaboration. Pictured: Jay White, Chief Operating Officer, A Grace Place Jennifer Disano, Executive Director, George Mason Osher Institute Beth Davis, Program Associate, George Mason Osher Institute Scherry Barra, Director, Christopher Wren Association, William and Mary Marjorie Varner, Executive Director, Encore Learning, George Mason University Nancy Owens, Director, JMU Lifelong Learning Peggy Watson, Director, UR Osher Institute Rachel Ramirez, Executive Director, Chesterfield Lifelong Learning Pat Hyer, Program Coordinator, VA Tech Lifelong Learning Archie Turner, Advisory Board President, JMU Lifelong Learning Jerry Niles, Program Coordinator, VA Tech Lifelong Learning
- A mother with three young children and a full time teaching job decided to go back to school for her M.Ed. Sound improbable? Read about Amanda Kehoe, GC'17, and learn how she made it possible with a little help from her family and instructors.
- Dean Jamelle Wilson has been named by Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe to the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee. Read the press release: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15815
- The heat of July is here, but there are still plenty of cool options in the SPCS summer Think Again catalog. Classes are held throughout the summer, giving you the opportunity to explore something new, sharpen your skills, and say hello to a summer of fun!
- Tomorrow Adjunct Assoc. Professor Linda Fisher Thornton will present “Ethical Leadership: Seeing The Full Picture Through 7 Lenses” at the annual conference of the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (NAACA), an organization affiliated with the University of Richmond School of Law.
- Registration is now open for Fall 2016 degree program classes! Continuing and newly admitted students can register via BannerWeb. Use the schedule of classes to read course descriptions and plan your schedule, then visit BannerWeb to register.
- SPCS will be closed on Monday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. Hope you are able to enjoy the holiday weekend with friends and family!
- Jessica Pittman, GC'15, is raising money and collecting items for those impacted by flooding in West Virginia as she prepares for her family's annual trip to the state. Read the story on NBC12.
- Lauren Hines, '13 and GC'15, is at her second U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha this week, vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team competing in Rio 2016. Hines teaches for Chesterfield County Public Schools and earned a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction at Richmond. Learn more about her journey.
- Today is the start of the annual week-long Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts here on campus. Teachers from around the Richmond region learn new strategies for engaging creative thinkers in their classrooms.
@urspcs on Twitter
- RT @mattaukamp: One day, Donald Trump is going to look a reporter straight in the eyes on national TV and say "I never ran for President."
- That concludes our time with @HCPSchools #EmergingLeaders! Big thanks to @ChallengeDisRVA for their help today https://t.co/EHojEqm3pS
- Taking teamwork to new heights #DontLookDown #EmergingLeaders https://t.co/9g7LHOZQkS
- And...she made it! Three boards and an 8 foot gap - no match for these #EmergingLeaders https://t.co/VHnQeQzABk
- Good leaders must be fearless, but that's easy to say from the ground #EmergingLeaders https://t.co/jRFb2Z5ppF
- Our @HCPSchools #EmergingLeaders are back and getting strapped and ready for UR's Team Odyssey High Ropes Course! https://t.co/ErFn3Fgrmx
- Final #HelloSummer #ThinkAgain suggestion: The Flipped Classroom, online Aug 1-26. https://t.co/o4MbqDZZ1A https://t.co/51rll759UM
- That wraps up today's events, but stay tuned this week to learn more about #EmergingLeaders activities (did somebody say ropes course?)
- What a gorgeous skyline! @HCPSchools #EmergingLeaders show off the results of their teamwork & creativity https://t.co/96Cn4DSWqQ
- The competition may be fierce, but some groups are keeping it light-hearted #EmergingLeaders https://t.co/d1LnhUaIFE
- Thinking of causes is easy, choosing one is much more difficult. How would you decide? @HCPSchools #EmergingLeaders https://t.co/OISauS0mFw
- Oops, meant to type #SPCS in that last message. Don't worry, I didn't forget who we are!
- Emerging Leaders from @HCPSchools begin the long process of brainstorming ideas for their year-long service projects https://t.co/J5qC7XzKWj
- #SCPS is excited to welcome to campus the @HCPSchools Emerging Leaders program, an annual leadership development camp for rising HS seniors
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: SAT Prep Focus Sessions, Aug 1-4 & 8-11. https://t.co/4pvc4hMN8v #HelloSummer https://t.co/IByyubOziH
- Another #ThinkAgain suggestion: Writing News & Press Releases, online Aug 1-26. https://t.co/OHFf2QWTll #HelloSummer https://t.co/T7ihC3NjYM
- #ThinkAgain suggestion: Summer Fruit Delights for Kids & Parents, Sat, Jul 30. https://t.co/gzOQG5B0PG #HelloSummer https://t.co/v4rXBvJ5O0
- Thx to @wcve for reporting on the launch of #SPCS beer brewer professional certificate! https://t.co/TwPFcU619V #rvabeer
- RT @urichmond: .@urspcs is partnering with local breweries to offer new professional brewing program https://t.co/gp9bsdEzst