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.
- 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 Homecoming Tailgate PartyOct1512:00 PM - 3:30 PMThe SPCS Alumni Association is hosting its annual Homecoming Tailgate Party prior to the Homecoming game at 12 p.m. on... 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
- Book Discussion with Dr. Genevieve Siegel-HawleyOct205:30 PM - 8:00 PMDr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley of VCU has published a book titled When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionNov166:00 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
- Hired as NPS Program Chair
Dr. Andrew Schoeneman, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies, has been hired as the Program Chair for the SPCS Nonprofit Studies Program. Schoeneman comes most recently from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.
- Hired in Education department
Dr. Allison Brenning has been hired in the Education department as Director of Instruction & Educational Practice and will teach as an SPCS Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education.
- Hired in Education department
Dr. Deborah Napoli has been hired in the Education department as the Director of Field Placements for undergraduate and graduate Education students.
- Journal Article Published
Dr. Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair, co-authored an article with Genevieve Siegel-Hawley & Kimberly Bridges 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.
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- Thinking about a Paris vacation and need an introduction to French language and culture? Try our "French - Level I" class for personal enrichment on Thursdays, October 6 - November 10! Broaden your horizons with this class covering basic communication skills and grammar. This is an introductory course, not an immersion class, ideal for students who are new to the language and/or are interested in traveling to a French-speaking country. #french #language #thinkagain #broadhorizons
- Worried about speaking in front of people? Consider enrolling in "Public Speaking Intensive Training" on Monday & Tuesday, October 10 & 11! This fast-paced, two-day workshop is equal parts fun and intensity. Learn to deliver your message to a group in the most clear, concise and compelling ways. Multiple practice sessions lead up to an action plan for developing positive speaking habits. Bring an open mind, a willingness to learn and your sense of humor. :-) #publicspeaking #thinkagain #broadhorizons
- Interested in cooking delicious, heart-healthy versions of your favorite dishes? Check out the University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts class "Cooking with Heart Healthy Substitutions" on Friday, September 30! In this culinary elective, we'll look at ways to tweak recipes so that they still taste good, while becoming good for you. Students will prepare recipes traditionally, and then make them a second time substituting healthier ingredients or cooking styles: healthier doesn't have to mean less delicious! #hearthealthy #thinkagain #broadhorizons
- Virginia is rich in history and stories of that history. Want to learn more about why the Jamestown settlement was established? Enroll in Jamestown – The First Eight Months. This new course will study the motivation and planning for the Jamestown settlement. Topics include: the documents drafted to establish the settlement, the voyage to the New World, exploration of the region, establishment of the Fort at Jamestown Island, and activities during the first eight months of the Virginia outpost. Mondays, October 3 - 24 #jamestown #broadhorizons #thinkagain
- Are you responsible for a small business, personal or nonprofit website? Not sure where to start? Consider enrolling in Web Design for the Everyman! Discover web design made easy, without needing to hammer out code! The sessions will provide a hands-on tour of various programs you can use to build a site, tips for designing like a pro and its influence on sales, guidance for obtaining a domain name and receiving payments on your site, and reveal the power of analytics. Thursdays, September 29 - December 1 #webdesign #broadhorizons #thinkagain
- Is the stock market something you think refers to a Midwestern cattle farm? Perhaps you could benefit from A Beginner's Guide to Wall Street! For those interested in learning how to follow the stock market and other investments, this course offers a basic framework of important terminology and necessary skills. In this student-driven class, curious minds of all ages will have access to an investment professional with over 30 years of experience following the markets. Wednesdays, September 28 - November 16 #wallstreet #broadhorizons #thinkagain
- We're pleased to introduce our latest partner in our new Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program: Kindred Spirit Brewing in Goochland. We now have (lucky) 13 partners from among local breweries and testing rooms!
- Are you looking to score well (or improve your score) on the SAT? Consider our popular SAT Prep Weekend Workshop! Our uniquely designed and popular Weekend Workshops return with two sessions in September. Tuition includes books, materials, lunch on Saturday at UR, and refreshments on Sunday. Class lessons concentrate on the three major testing areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18 or 24-25 #newsat #sat #broadhorizons #thinkagain
- One of the core courses in the University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts certificate in culinary arts is Fish Shellfish Identification, Preparation & Cookery. Renew or develop your cooking skills with this class. The class focuses on the foundations needed to become comfortable working with fish, including how to choose a fishmonger, how to purchase fish and know what kind of quality you are getting, and how to ready it for cooking. You will also learn basic cooking methods, such as grilling, sautéing, roasting and braising, and develop some classic, simple sauces to complement your fish dishes. Tuesdays, September 27 - October 4 #broadhorizons #thinkagain #culinaryarts
- Tom will be at the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies today at 2pm delivering an informative presentation on how to navigate the Part D Plan Finder on Medicare.gov. Not signed up? No problem! Contact us to host a workshop at your club meetings, church groups or community gatherings. Open Enrollment is right around the corner ...
- Looking for something to do this Friday, September 16th at 4:30p.m.? Come to a panel discussion on Police-Community Relations held by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in Jepson 118. Moderated by Jepson faculty members, a panel of leaders from the Richmond City Police Department, University of Richmond School of Law, University of Richmond School of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond's Robins School of Business,and University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, among other places, will talk about race and other dynamics that illuminate systemic strains in the country's urban centers and what we as a country can do to recognize these problems more responsibly and promote healing.
- The Jepson School of Leadership Studies will host a discussion on how history continues to shape the current tension between law enforcement and many African-American communities, tension that has captured national attention in recent months. Moderated by #Jepson faculty members, a panel of University of Richmond representatives (including #SPCS dean Jamelle Wilson), law enforcement officials, and historians will talk about race and other dynamics that illuminate systemic strains in the country's urban centers and what we as a country can do to recognize these problems more responsibly and promote healing.
- Do you know how to calculate required minimum distributions from retirement plans, or how investment returns are taxed? If you'd like to know, consider taking Rejuvenate Your Retirement! This course provides retirees with easy-to-understand information on important lifestyle and financial issues often faced during retirement. This comprehensive course will help attendees plan fun and fulfilling activities to stay mentally, physically and socially active; calculate IRS-required minimum distributions from retirement plans; examine how investment returns are taxed; and plan for health care, long-term care, incapacity and end-of-life decisions. Thursdays, September 29 & October 6
- Want to take your fitness enthusiasm to the next level? Become a Certified Personal Trainer through our partnership World Instructor Training Schools in our Personal Fitness Trainer Certification program. Whether needed for your career or for your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This course covers topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment. WITS, the instructional provider, is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. Saturdays, September 24 - October 29
- Steven Kaminski, GC'03, is featured in this back-to-school article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Kaminski graduated from the Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) program and works as a teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools. He routinely serves as a teacher participant in EDUC 517U Foundations of Education, the first class in the TLP curriculum.
- Thinking about offering webinars to widen your presentation audiences? Check out our LERN Online Certificate in Designing Webinars! Finally, you can acquire the best professional development in webinar design, presentations, planning, and marketing. Webinars are a popular format for delivering information which can be very successful for your organization. Earn a certificate in designing webinars that provides you with the latest and best information about presenting webinars, as well as managing and marketing them. Online, October 3 - December 2
- Are you getting the most out of your time and subscription cost with Ancestry.com? If not, check out our Ancestry.com Workshop! Come join us for a hands-on learning experience. You will learn practical tips and techniques to maximize your search results. Your specific family research and questions will be used to guide the learning in this workshop. Fridays, September 23 - 30
- Looking for a job? Tomorrow is the Fall Spider Career Expo.
- What difference do wine regions make in a red wine? Find out at our Red Wine Rumble! In this 'No Rules Rumble' we'll pit two grapes from two different regions and see who emerges the victor. Each vino-pugilistic encounter will include a discussion of the aspects that make these wines different, such as soil, climate and winemaking practices. This first 'Rumble at the Center' will feature Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Friday, September 23
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- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: French Level I. Thu, Oct 6-Nov 10. https://t.co/i92CZJGNT7 #broadhorizons https://t.co/veYAhQfHOP
- RT @urengage: First TAKE 30 event with John Moeser on how Richmond elects its mayor 9/29 4:30 p.m. at UR Downtown https://t.co/bSDzOOfH54 #…
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Public Speaking Intensive Training, Mon-Tue, Oct 10-11. https://t.co/GGrcVNu8xH… https://t.co/z1s7SSrZX8
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Cooking w/ Heart Healthy Substitutes, Fri, Sep 30. https://t.co/QQiL9ekEqH… https://t.co/JyXzyBm9id
- RT @AlanHoffler: #PublicSpeaking Intensive Training. Join us at the next Workshop @urspcs 10/10 #Richmond https://t.co/T7vNIYqj5J? https:/…
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Jamestown - First 8 Months, Mon, Oct 3-24. https://t.co/bfmdc6q4LJ #broadhorizons https://t.co/UbnweDDrpU
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: Web Design for the Everyman, Thu, Sep 29-Dec 1. https://t.co/4gwgkmQxCz #broadhorizons https://t.co/z49wyEyMCq
- RT @JepsonSchool: "Words matter." - @urspcs Dean Jamelle Wilson speaking at A Conversation on Police-Community Relations https://t.co/cWqmq…
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: Beginner Guide to #WallStreet, Wed, Sep 28-Nov 16. https://t.co/MWQBOYbxS0 #broadhorizons https://t.co/hcbKUwDaDT
- Welcome to @KSBrewing, newest partner in Beer Brewer Pro Cert program! #RVAbeer #CraftBeer https://t.co/kPIgfs58Fy https://t.co/TyYqph5ZOG
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: SAT Prep Wknd Wkshp, Sat & Sun, Sep 17-18 or 24-25. https://t.co/soj7j78u6x #broadhorizons https://t.co/QkwdIVKIkf
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: Fish/Shellfish Prep & Cooking, Tue, Sep 27 & Oct 4. https://t.co/aiPUvOALOP #broadhorizons https://t.co/TNBhIxBtH4
- RT @URichmondMag: An open letter from Steven Kaminski, GC'03, to his third graders. He teaches in @urspcs teacher licensure program. https:…
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: Rejuvenate Yourr Retirement, Thu, Sep 29 & Oct 6. https://t.co/cV2qqYYq1n #broadhorizons https://t.co/DNQveNYGC3
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Fitness Trainer Cert, Sat, Sep 24-Oct 29. https://t.co/W0zCZWrZT7 #broadhorizons https://t.co/GxnqVcG5ZT
- Steven Kaminski, GC'03, TLP grad & @ccpsinfo teacher, featured in @RTDNEWS #backtoschool article https://t.co/ziwa3gpJp7
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: LERN Designing Webinars, Online, Oct 3-Dec 2. https://t.co/C9vLUd2rv6 #broadhorizons https://t.co/KsnrvZa4eN
- Today's #ThinkAgain idea: https://t.co/Zpk1CNS1Kt Workshop, Fri, Sep 23-30. https://t.co/6eZjWBAQRy #broadhorizons https://t.co/F1rqnzw4pj
- Today's #ThinkAgain class idea: Red Wine Rumble, Fri, Sep 23. https://t.co/hzc7ryYfJQ #broadhorizons https://t.co/A4eRYAZstr