Richmond Home

Rigorous and challenging, but flexible.

We understand how important education is in today’s world, but we also understand how life can sometimes get in the way. Our degree programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals and adult students, balancing academic rigor with flexibility and value. You can attend part time in the evening at a pace that supports your other life commitments and earn your Richmond degree on your terms.

Convenient admissions process.

We offer rolling admission for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Our undergraduate programs require a high school diploma or GED but no standardized test scores, and we provide undergraduate admissions pathways to match incoming students’ preparedness for college-level work. Our graduate programs require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university but no standardized test scores. And our online application takes just a few minutes to complete.

Apply Online

Relevant and marketable.

We offer degrees in several in-demand career fields as well as options in the liberal arts. More importantly, our degree programs integrate the liberal arts with professional studies. Students will be exposed to the latest theory and real-world practice to give them the skills and knowledge to move their careers to the next level. Career goals aside, our programs develop well-rounded professionals. Students develop a variety of transferable skills that employers desire, including written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing workplace. 

Accessible and affordable.

We make a University of Richmond education attainable for working professionals. We don’t require standardized test scores for admission. And our tuition — starting at $465 per semester hour — ranks among the most competitive in Richmond for adult students. You owe it to yourself to do the math. Compare our tuition to other adult education providers. We think you’ll be surprised.

Respected and valued.

Where you earn your degree does make a difference. As one of the five schools at the University of Richmond, we maintain high academic standards. You study with Richmond professors and seasoned professionals, gaining specialized knowledge. At graduation, you receive a University of Richmond diploma. And you’ll be part of an institution that pioneered professional education in Richmond fifty years ago.

It’s never too late to return to school.

At the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, our students are serious about what they do. They have goals in mind and unbelieveable drive to achieve them. But sometimes life gets in the way, and that’s okay. In any given semester, our students range in age from 20-65. Many are returning to school to complete bachelor’s degrees they started years earlier. Some are transferring from community colleges and other universities. And a growing number are pursuing graduate study.

Regardless of your educational goals or age, you’ll feel right at home as part of one of only a few true college campuses in Richmond with dedicated programs for adult students and working professionals just like you­.

Post-Bachelor's Programs

Post-bachelor’s programs include undergraduate certificates, graduate certificates and non-degree study options. Our programs combine the latest theory with practical applications to provide valuable knowledge or a credential to help you advance or change your career or prepare for graduate school.

Bachelor's Programs

Our bachelor’s degrees are designed for those who want an interdisciplinary degree. You’ll be exposed to some of the best thinking from around the world through a broadly based educational experience. Through your major, you’ll gain valuable industry knowledge while further developing your critical thinking, writing and analytical skills.

Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Programs

Our master’s degrees combine theory and real-world practice to give students the skills and knowledge to move their careers to the next level. As a graduate student, you’ll explore emerging trends, unique opportunities, and innovative strategies in your respective career fields and area of study. As such, some of our degrees are well suited for students interested in career change.

Master's Degrees

Student Reflections



SPCS Night 2016, 3 of 3

Reflections on SPCS

Reflections on SPCS

SPCS Night 2016, 2 of 3

Proud UR Graduates

Proud UR Graduates

SPCS Night 2016, 1 of 3

Faculty & Staff Notes

  • 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.

  • 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.

Programs of Study

  Bachelor’s Degree Undergrad Certificate Master’s Degree Graduate Certificate
   Teacher Licensure      
HR Management
Information Systems  
   Information Security
   IT Management
Liberal Arts
   Master (MLA)    
   Weekend College
Nonprofit Studies    
Paralegal Studies
Public History
Available in MLA

Review information about certain certificate program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.