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.
- 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 60... Continue reading
- Debriefing and Leveraging the ExpoSep0912:30 PM - 1:30 PMDave Ong, '87, will visit campus and host lunch Friday, Sept. 9th, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Dress is business casual.... Continue reading
- Osher Back-to-School SocialSep125:00 PM - 6:30 PMThinking about joining the Osher Institute? Are you already an Osher member? Join us for this FREE meet-and-greet event... Continue reading
- Critical Thinking & Conceptualization WorkshopSep147:30 AM - 8:30 AMWant to learn how to have more interest exploring your subjects? Have you ever struggled to know what to ask in class?... Continue reading
- Human Resources Panel & Networking EventSep146:00 PM - 8:00 PMInterested in learning more about the human resources field? Want to better prepare for HR trends and challenges? Need... Continue reading
- Webinar: Navigating the Career Rock WallSep2112:30 PM - 1:30 PMThe Career Ladder used to symbolize moving up and advancing in one’s career. However, the predictable progression... 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
- Information Conceptualization & Self Management WorkshopOct056:00 PM - 7:30 PMWould you like to get more from your class time? Homework? Test reviews? Would you like to decrease your test or exam... 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
- Webinar: Revitalizing Your ResumeOct1912:30 PM - 1:30 PMDoes your resume adequately tell your current professional story? If you have been in the workforce for a few years, it... 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
- Journal Article Published
Dr. Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair and director of the Center for Leadership in Education, co-authored an article 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.
- 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.
SPCS on Facebook
- We're excited that #SPCS classes start this evening! Get your study on, Spiders!
- Excited to see that so many of our Beer Brewer Professional Certificate partners earned awards at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild 2016 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup! Congrats to Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, STRANGEWAYS BREWING, Triple Crossing Brewing, Garden Grove Brewing Company, The Answer Brewpub, Steam Bell Beer Works, Midnight Brewery, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. We're pleased to partner with 9 of the 12 winning breweries. You guys are awesome!
- We're starting the academic year with SPCS New Student Orientation -- Welcome all you new students!
- New Student Orientation for degree-seeking students held this evening has been RELOCATED to Queally Hall in the Robins School of Business. All other details remain as scheduled, with Graduate Education students arriving by 5 p.m. and others arriving at 6 p.m. Park in lot R10 adjacent to the Robins School of Business. Review the link below for directions and for campus and parking maps.
- What's happening at SPCS right now? Lots of stuff, but most immediately registration for Fall Think Again classes opened this morning, and online registrations have been steady since then. Don't miss out!
- Think class is a thing of the past? Think Again! The Fall 2016 schedule of Think Again noncredit classes is now available on our website. We have a variety of certificates available from global information systems to environmental sustainability, and a wide selection of online courses offered in partnership with LERN, a trusted provider of online educational programs. Registration opens August 16! #sustainability #LEEDprep #GIS #EthicalHacking
- Congratulations to Prof. Wendell Roberts, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, who was honored with a Resolution of Appreciation at a recent Virginia Board of Education meeting for his service as legal counsel to the Board. Roberts works in the Office of the Attorney General and represents the Virginia Department of Education - VDOE and the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. He's leaving his OAG role to become the School Board Attorney for Chesterfield County Public Schools, returning to his passion for working with schools at the local level.
- Each summer, the University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts celebrates its students who complete one or more culinary certificates. Check out photos on #Flickr from this summer's Certificate Graduation Ceremony!
- 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!
@urspcs on Twitter
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Nutrient Dense Gardening, Tue&Sat, 9/6-12/6. https://t.co/Hl2lJcIdYZ #broadhorizons https://t.co/4d10Pf9BLg
- Today's #ThinkAgain class suggestion: Basic Nutrition, Wed, Sep 7-14. https://t.co/vo71HwkVGz #broadhorizons https://t.co/XPUcGBcqaS
- RT @witchyrichy: First day of class at @urichmond teaching school technology course for @urspcs Digging into standards and doing some visio…
- Fall degree-seeking #SPCS classes start tonight! Good luck to everyone this semester! #fall2016 #anothersteptograduation #gospidergo
- RT @witchyrichy: Did you know that @urspcs offers a certificate in beer brewing?
- RT @row4it: Thanks @urichmond for providing @lynda to faculty, staff & students. Just took the @GoPro course to maximize use of my new #Her…
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Thinking about #GradSchool? Prepare for the #GREtest @urspcs #RVA https://t.co/Pko8yyxDBi https://t.co/wbclYBEV5t
- It's the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year - #SPCS New Student Orientation. Great energy, info & food! https://t.co/8qJf5rbjdm
- #SPCS New Student #Orientation has been RELOCATED to Queally Hall in Robins School of Business - park in lot R10: https://t.co/RYD2b5kLps
- Fall #ThinkAgain #culinary classes are already filling up: check the list of filled classes online: https://t.co/zfZO5RdUxO
- It's #ThinkAgain #registration day! Fall classes are now open for online registration: https://t.co/9sBZshreRW https://t.co/9g1w5YZEXF
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: @kbutterfield @KachLynda Kevin & Linda - @urspcs would love to talk about a tasting event with @BoatwrightInfo
- Our fall #ThinkAgain noncredit schedule is now online! Registration will open on August 16 #RVA #GIS #sustainability https://t.co/fObsIiHlb3
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: New courses in #backyard #sustainability @urspcs Even tiny yards can contribute to #soilhealth & #biodiversity #rva ht…
- 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