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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.

Degrees

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.

Noncredit

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.

Summer

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. 

Certificates

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.

Osher

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

  • Received doctoral research award

    Daniel Hocutt, SPCS Web Manager and Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts, received the 2015-2016 English Doctoral Award for Distinction in Research from Old Dominion University.

  • Co-authors Huffington Post article

    Dr. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts, co-authored, with rap artist Killer Mike and Dr. Andrea Dennis of the University of Georgia, a Huffington Post article on the wrongful conviction of New Orleans rapper Mac Phipps.

  • Engaged in Local Matters Conversation

    Dr. Tom Shields, Chair of Graduate Education and Associate Professor of Education, participated in Local Matters, a conversation series connecting faculty across campus. Shields presented as part of the ‘FYS & CBL: Experiential Learning in the First Year’ program on April 12, 2016.

  • Interviewed for NBC12 Parenting Series

    Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Assistant Professor of HR Management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, was interviewed about parenting ethical teens for a recent NBC 12 “RVA Parenting” feature. 

  • Interviewed on School Safety Story

    Dr. Kate Cassada, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was interviewed on camera for a NBC12 news story on school safety on March 25, 2016.

  • Named Chesterfield schools superintendent

    Dr. James F. Lane, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, has been named superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

  • Named DPLA representative

    Dr. Karen Work Richardson, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was recently named to the fourth class of Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Community Representatives.

  • Named Director of Partners in the Arts

    Rob McAdams, MFA, has been named full-time director of Partners in the Arts, Richmond’s premiere arts and creativity integration program. McAdams served as program manager and interim director prior to his appointment, filling a vacancy left by former director Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan.

  • Moderating film screening & discussion

    Dean Jamelle Wilson will moderate Most Likely to Succeed, a film screening and discussion for school and community leaders about high school reform, on April 6, 2016.

  • Promoted to Associate Professor

    Dr. Thomas J. Shields, Program Chair for Graduate Education and Director of the Center for Leadership in Education, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Education by vote of the University of Richmond Board of Trustees.