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 NightMay046:00 PM - 8:30 PMGraduating SPCS students and their guests are invited to join the School’s faculty and staff in celebrating the... Continue reading
- SPCS CommencementMay079:00 AM - 11:30 AMThe public is invited to celebrate the graduation of the SPCS class of 2016 during the School’s annual... Continue reading
- Race in America - 2016 NEH Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities by Ken BurnsMay097:30 PM - 9:00 PMKen Burns, the award-winning documentarian who pioneered a new genre of historical filmmaking, will deliver the 2016... Continue reading
- Henrico County Schools Information Session - Graduate EducationMay114:30 PM - 5:30 PMOur Graduate Program Information Session for Henrico County Public Schools will present details and answer questions... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionMay266:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- Osher Institute Campus Walking TourJun2111:00 AM - 12:30 PMJoin us for a walking tour of the beautiful University of Richmond campus. Led by Osher members, the tour provides an... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionJun226:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionJul136:00 PM - 7:30 PMOur Information Session for Working Professionals will answer questions about cost, careers, majors, transfer credits,... Continue reading
- Osher Campus Hike: UR in the SummerJul158:30 AM - 10:30 AMJoin us for a hike of the magnificent University of Richmond campus. Led by Osher members, the tour will showcase what... Continue reading
- 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
News & Releases
In-Depth at SPCS
Retired nuclear agency executive finds learning opportunities at the Osher Institute
Unofficial Osher photographer appreciates a place to interact with different people and backgrounds
Scholar-athlete gives back to her Northside Richmond neighborhood through class and volunteer work
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
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
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.
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- It's not to late to register for Summer School! Classes start May 9, May 16 and June 20. Current UR students can register in BannerWeb. Get ahead or simply continue your program of study this summer!
- Registration is now open for Summer 2016 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes. Not a member yet? It's easy to join!
- Tomorrow evening we hold our annual honors and awards ceremony and reception for graduating students. We can't wait! Follow and join the conversation using #spcsnight on Facebook and Twitter.
- The speakers have been set for SPCS Commencement on May 7, 2016. Ben Baldwin is the student speaker, selected from among the top graduating students. Connie Hill is the Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award recipient and faculty speaker. and Lin Koch, C'03, is the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and alumni speaker. Congratulations to all three — looking forward to your remarks at Commencement! #SpiderGrad2016
- Check out next year's One Book, One Richmond selection from the Office of the Chaplaincy, University of Richmond: 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City'.
- Summer is just around the corner, and our Summer Think Again catalog is bursting with a full selection of summer fun. From week-long youth camps to classes on art, history, writing, cooking, and other special series and seminars, say "hello" to Summer!
- Associate Professor Erik Nielson along with Killer Mike GTO and Andrea Dennis from University of Georgia posted this column to The Huffington Post continuing their research on the wrongful conviction of a New Orleans rapper.
- Does your lifelong learning program create your own certificates? Read about how the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies added UGotClass courses to their certificate to give their students more options while saving time for their staff! https://www.lern.org/blog/2016/04/24/how-are-other-partners-doing-that-blended-certificates/
- It's time for graduating students to pick up their graduation regalia! Join the fun at our annual SPCS Regalia Pickup event, today and tomorrow (April 22 & 23), in the SPCS offices in the Special Programs Building. Friday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Follow the link for details. RSVP appreciated, but walk-in graduation students are welcome!
- Don't miss Dean Jamelle Wilson's #TAKE30 conversation titled "What Does Educational Leadership Look Like in the Richmond Region?" this afternoon, 4:30-5 p.m., #URdowntown
- Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Assistant Professor of HR Management and CEO of Leading in Context, will lead an International Leadership Association Leadership Perspectives webinar on ethical leadership titled "Seeing 'Good Leadership' Through 7 Lenses of Ethical Responsibility" on April 27 at 12 noon.
- Happening now: Registration is open for summer Think Again courses. Some of the most popular classes are already filling, so be sure to register as soon as possible!
- Check out this story about SPCS graduate Rodney White, C'12, who is working to simplify the process to receive a presidential pardon. Learn more about his remarkable story.
- SPCS Dean Jamelle Wilson will lead a discussion titled "What Does Educational Leadership Look Like in the Richmond Region?" from 4:30-5pm on April 21 at University of Richmond Downtown as part of the TAKE 30 discussion series. Details at http://downtown.richmond.edu/events/TAKE30.html
- Don't miss the opportunity to hear directly from Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Free and open to the public: April 14, 7 p.m., Jepson Hall 120.
- If you're already coming to campus for class or this evening's information session, how about joining one of our graduates for a talk about legendary cartoon artist Winsor McCay? Known as the father of animation and the artistic virtuoso behind the classic children’s comic "Little Nemo in Slumberland," McCay did most of his comic work for adults. Presented by Kirsten McKinney, GC'14, who earned a Master of Liberal Arts through SPCS.
- Today we're hosting our (mostly) monthly Information Session for Degree Programs. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates for part-time working professionals, and we'd love to see how our program match your goals. Walk-ins are welcome: the main program starts at 6pm, and you'll be finished not later than 7:30. And don't worry about dinner — we have that covered, too!
- 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 NBC12 #RVAParenting feature.
@urspcs on Twitter
- RT @urichmond: Commencement events take place May 7–8! Visit https://t.co/7NeJkKZCvI for schedules, directions to campus, and more. https:/…
- Not too late to register for #SummerSchool @urichmond! Terms start May 9, May 16 & June 20. https://t.co/XUFFqmLsXw https://t.co/mTnqjdTZwD
- Registration for #Osher summer programs is now open. Not a member? Joining is easy! https://t.co/uqPuU2fj1X https://t.co/TzPqHxWTly
- Tomorrow we celebrate graduating students at SPCS Night. Join the conversation at #spcsnight! #spidergrad2016 https://t.co/Ro89F2V3Wv
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Babysitter Training 4 Teens, Sat, Jun 11. https://t.co/xqJurcSrN2 #HelloSummer https://t.co/EwTYraij7x
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: LinkedIn for Business, Online Jun 6-Jul 1. https://t.co/ct8STPSJO2 #HelloSummer https://t.co/QgUgtwFp87
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: GRE Test Prep, Sat, May 14-28. https://t.co/xuPq9nKIQU #HelloSummer https://t.co/10bHbuXERF
- RT @RVAsec: #FF for our sponsors @symantec @rapid7 @Assura_Inc @urspcs @hermeticnetwork @passdb @richsec https://t.co/5npko3FTz6
- Ready for #SPCS commencement? Student, faculty & alumni speakers selected. https://t.co/EmUnj0ZTYH #SpiderGrad2016 https://t.co/Vp8prEUv8X
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Strengths Discovery, Mon & Wed, Jun 6-13 https://t.co/cN8X3jbUVn #HelloSummer https://t.co/MGyhhl91c3
- RT @PIAURSPCS: #Teachers! Interested in learning about #artsintegration? Come to the 2016 Joan Oates Institute. @urspcs #JOI2016 https://t.…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Fresh Catch Virginia, Wed, May 4. https://t.co/ThRQGvDF2E #HelloSummer https://t.co/61mhnGcCUS
- .@racrutcher recommended reading for #spcsfuture: Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student https://t.co/rQXfg8VjVC
- Best possible preparation for careers of the future is a 21st century liberal education. @racrutcher @URNews2Use #spcsfuture
- Today's convo topic: Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Case for the Liberal Arts (& access to education) #spcsfuture #LiberalArts
- Continuing lunchtime conversations about #SPCS strategic planning w/ @urichmond president @racrutcher #spcsfuture https://t.co/tg00jW6uPL
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Level up your #realestate game with a class on #HomeStaging @urspcs @RARealtors @rva https://t.co/EVPpc4pXEM https://t.…
- John Martin's talk title: Transcendent Trends Shaping the Future of Professional & Continuing Studies #spcsfuture
- Kicking off SPCS strategic planning process w/ John W. Martin, Southeastern Institute of Research (SIR) #spcsfuture https://t.co/XiPHbHQObM
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Applying to #gradschool? #GRE test prep @urspcs Proven study plans and expert advice https://t.co/OxtGhDRDFm #RVA http…