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.
SPCS Night & Commencement 2016
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.
- 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
- 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 70... 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
- 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
- SPCS Degree Program Information SessionNov226:00 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
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
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
Faculty & Staff Notes
- 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.
- Earned innovation award from RichTech
Dr. James F. Lane, adjunct assistant professor of education and Goochland County schools superintendent, received the Innovation in Education Award sponsored by Computer Resource Team from the Richmond Technology Council during the organization’s 21st Annual Technology Awards show and gala.
- Received adjunct teaching award
George Hiller, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Robins School of Business Lecturer of International Business received the 2015-16 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the Robins School.
- Named Superintendent of the Year
Dr. James F. Lane, adjunct assistant professor of education and Goochland County schools superintendent, was named the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
- 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.
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- Have you heard the story of Manyang Kher, C'16, one of Sudan's Lost Boys? He graduated in May, and the University of Richmond magazine did a brief profile on Kher and his story.
- Partners in the Arts is a great resource for local educators. And if you're a teacher in a school or school division that's a member of the PIA Consortium, you're entitled to tuition discount for the noncredit Joan Oates Institute — a weeklong professional development opportunity you can apply toward relicensure.
- Tonight we're hosting an Information Session for our part-time degree programs (graduate and undergraduate) in addition to our Weekend College degree completion program. Interested? No need to register; we welcome walk-ins. Jepson Alumni Center at 6:00 p.m. Event includes a free light dinner.
- As the weather heats up, take advantage of longer days and more time to explore what the Summer Think Again catalog has to offer. From special culinary date nights to youth art classes to improving your professional skills, there's a little something for everyone this summer!
- Members of a recent accelerated English course, led by Dave Reisenwitz, enjoyed a tour of Richmond's Community Idea Stations as part of their cultural excursions this semester. The course is part of our noncredit Cultural Enrichment program, which attracts au pairs from along the East Coast seeking cultural programming. http://spcs.richmond.edu/noncredit/areas/humanities-culture/cultural-enrichment.html
- Looking for some awesome learning experiences this Summer? Local Professional Organizer, Ranee Kamens of Simplify Me has some great and personal "courses" to take through University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies at The University of Richmond! Learn to better Organize with your teens/tweens or have your own Closet Audit! #universityofrichmond #professionalorganizer #keeplearning #simplifyme - Charles
- Check out this feature on SPCS Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts Dr. Erik Nielson in the University of Richmond Magazine! Learn about the expert testimony Nielson contributes in criminal trials.
- Kick-off meeting for this summer's Hanover County Public Schools Emerging Leaders Institute. Nearly 80 students are enrolled in the week-long program, hosted by SPCS and the University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education.
- Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about taking a #ThinkAgain noncredit class? May is the month we start Summer at SPCS, so say #HelloSummer! It's is a great time for leisurely learning at a relaxed pace. Come join us for unique culinary, youth, and enrichment opportunities.
- Looks like very cool things will be happening this summer in the 2016 Joan Oates Institutes for Partners in the Arts at the University of Richmond. Spread the word among your teacher friends -- great opportunity to work with creative people seeking to engage creative thinkers in classrooms throughout Richmond! #joiect2016
- Congratulations to students in the 2016 IOP Grant-Writing Institute for finishing strong and earning their certificates! University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies
- It's almost time for the classes in our Summer Think Again catalog to kick off a season of fun, so don't miss out! From music of the 60's to youth programs to culinary creativity to special seminars, there's something for everyone. Say hello to Summer!
- Congratulations to SPCS Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education Dr. James Lane who was named 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents!
- Unable to attend this weekend's commencement events? You're in luck! Videos of the ceremonies are now available online: main (bit.ly/1ZxLV9R), University of Richmond School of Law (bit.ly/1rLJ0iX), and University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies (bit.ly/1WVVRuB). #spidergrad2016
- SPCS Night last Wednesday, Commencement last Saturday, and today? The start of the Summer term — officially "6-Week I", one of several #URSummerSchool terms. How about we celebrate with the SPCS Night opening video montage?
- University of Richmond's Tagboard for #SpiderGrad2016 covers all of Commencement week's activities and events.
- Video of Saturday's SPCS Commencement Exercises is now available on the University of Richmond YouTube channel! #SpiderGrad2016
- Congratulations to all University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies graduates! You did it! #spidergrad2016
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- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: SAT Prep Workshop, Mon-Thu, Jul 11-14. https://t.co/5D0USIgtIx #HelloSummer https://t.co/tMAteA889O
- Hosting our (mostly) monthly #InfoSession about #SPCS part-time degrees for working adults tonite. Walk-ins welcome! 6p, Jepson Alumni Ctr
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Ethical Hacker Certificate https://t.co/E8gEuPEMLP, Mon, Jun 13-Sep 12. #HelloSummer https://t.co/m8S1mhWmzy
- RT @PiperNichole: Want to create a #website? Sign-up for "Web #Design for the Everyman" @urspcs #UR https://t.co/yRk9AEGkjM #rva https://t.…
- RT @URNews2Use: #HipHop scholar @ErikNielson (@urspcs professor) quoted in @HuffingtonPost article on Rapper McKinley ‘Mac’ Phipps https://…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Date Night - Hawaiian Poke, Wed, Jun 1. https://t.co/XnXaVkN5VR #HelloSummer https://t.co/CFYVm57bGA
- RT @urichmond: Ceremony to welcome home WWII veteran and UR Chancellor Dr. E. Bruce Heilman following monthlong cross-country tour https://…
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: Excited about upcoming #travel? Channel that energy into a #travelwriting class @urspcs #rva https://t.co/i0DEjKY3pE ht…
- Check out @URichmondMag feature on @ErikNielson for a detailed look a his research on rap lyrics in criminal trials https://t.co/nWDHHs2Gqe
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: SHRM Learning System, Jun 13-Sep 26 online. https://t.co/l7euklXMDP #HelloSummer https://t.co/c00fElIhlW
- RT @TomParfittSPCS: #weddingplanning & #eventplanning course is filling up! Class begins June 1st @urspcs #RVA https://t.co/IXg62KhlFe http…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Watercolor Gardens, Wed, Jul 13-Aug 17. https://t.co/XHjn8SZEUy #HelloSummer https://t.co/vtjFyGKcLk
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: 12th Night: Shakespeare 4 Kids, M-F, Jul 11-15. https://t.co/WzqFchv5QF #HelloSummer https://t.co/82mCl0CqlC
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Sustainable #RVA, Wed, Jun 8-29. https://t.co/jnrOV2d74E #HelloSummer https://t.co/mTGlrCVzy2
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Label Analysis & Menu Planning, Tue, May 24-31. https://t.co/yyPj7s4Xjh #HelloSummer https://t.co/KVxiX6dsXX
- Your #ThinkAgain suggestion: Develop/Deliver Presentations, Wed, Jun 8-Jul 27. https://t.co/pzQwBmCB7h #HelloSummer https://t.co/fj5lanTxk2
- RT @PIAURSPCS: Take a look at what's coming up from @roblevit at the 2016 Joan Oates Institute! Link below. @URNews2Use @urspcs https://t…
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: First Aid & CPR, Sat, Aug 6. https://t.co/UsLIRVoy0G #HelloSummer https://t.co/hgBeOOcBM0
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Dining Room Operations, Thu, May 26. https://t.co/7GB5c6S9s1 #HelloSummer https://t.co/KZRKcQkpVi
- Today's #ThinkAgain suggestion: Writing about Your Travels, Sat, Jun 4. https://t.co/cqXNPK6ZX5 #HelloSummer https://t.co/MwUAhnootX