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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.


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.

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Quoted in NPR article

    Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools & Adjunct Professor of Graduate Education, was quoted in an NPR article on a new BCPS strategy for teaching academically advanced students. A Baltimore Sun article also quoted Dance on the new strategy.

  • 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.

  • Named to VAFRE Board of Directors

    Kathy Laing, GC’08 and GC’16, manager of the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives (VAFRE).

  • Honored by Board of Education

    Prof. Wendell Roberts, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, was honored July 28, 2016, by the Virginia Board of Education with a Resolution of Appreciation for service as legal counsel to the Board.

  • 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.

  • Received PETE Transformation Grant

    Dr. Meghan Rosatelli, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Digital America, received a PETE Course Transformation Grant for the project ‘Memoirs from American Art.’

  • 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.