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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.

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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.

Degree programs at a glance

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

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Appointed to Board of Directors

    Professor Gretchen Flynn Morris, director of the HR Management program, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Richmond SHRM as the Vice President for Professional Advancement.

  • Presenting at NAEA Conference

    Rob McAdams, interim director of Partners in the Arts and adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts, will present “Creative Leadership in Learning & Working” at the 2016 NAEA National Convention on Thursday, March 17.

  • Led Globalization Class in Germany

    George Hiller, L’91, recently taught a short course titled “Globalization and North America” at Ludwigsburg University of Education in Ludwigsburg, Germany. One of the course themes was globalization and migration featuring a Skype presentation by Dr. Laura Kuti.

  • 2015 Discover Richmond Honoree

    SPCS dean Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson was named a 2015 Discover Richmond honoree by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and profiled in the December 2015 edition of Discover Richmond magazine.

  • Recognized for Mentoring Activities

    SPCS adjunct professor George Hiller, L’91, was recognized in a UR web feature for serving as a Burhans Civic Fellowship faculty mentor during summer 2015.

  • Newly Hired Adjunct Instructor

    Ihab AbuZayda, assistant professor of IT at Reynolds Community College, has been hired as an adjunct instructor in the SPCS Information Systems program.

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, presented a paper with Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, presented a paper with Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Tapped for Epsilon Circle of ODK

    Dr. Patricia J. Brown, Senior Associate Dean, was tapped for membership to the University of Richmond’s Epsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.

  • Moderated Law Review forum

    Dr. Dionne Ward, assistant professor of education and director of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies internships, served as moderator for the UR Law Review’s Allen Chair Symposium on School Inequality.

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

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