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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.

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline to start an undergraduate program of study for fall 2017 has been extended to Monday, July 17, at 11:59 p.m. Visit the applications page to start to submit your online application.

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

Proud UR Graduate (SPCS Night 2016)

Proud UR Graduate (SPCS Night 2016)

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Reflection on SPCS (SPCS Night 2016)

Reflection on SPCS (SPCS Night 2016)

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Gratitude (SPCS Night 2016)

Gratitude (SPCS Night 2016)

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Quoted in Style Weekly

    Dr. David Kitchen, SPCS Associate Dean, was recently quoted in a Style Weekly article that features the UR Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program.

  • Featured in RTD's Discover Richmond

    Dr. April Greenan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, was featured, along with the SPCS class on music and medicine class she teaches, in a Discover Richmond article titled Here’s How Music and Medicine Intersect.

  • Presented to Nonprofit CEO Roundtable

    Kathy Laing, GC’08, GC’16, presented at the Captains’ Table, a monthly roundtable meeting of nonprofit CEOs sponsored by Union Bank and Sands Anderson, on “Talent Investment – A Critical Factor for Sustainability.”

  • Received Adjunct Faculty Award

    Daniel L. Hocutt, R’92, G’98, was named the Itzkowitz Family Distingushed Adjunct Faculty Award recipient during SPCS Night 2017. He received an engraved University chair and addressed graduating students at SPCS Commencement.

  • Quoted on Arts Integration in RTD

    Rob McAdams, director of Partners in the Arts, was quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article on the selection of three Richmond Public Schools to participate in Turnaround Arts, a national arts integration program championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

  • Appointed to Board of Education

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, was appointed to the Virginia Board of Education by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Wilson was appointed to the Board with Anne Holton, former Commonwealth Secretary of Education.

  • VAFRE Panel Discussion Moderator

    Kathy Laing, GC’16, Program Manager for the Institute on Philanthropy, has been invited to moderate a panel discussion following Rusty Stahl’s keynote address at the VAFRE National Speaker’s Forum on March 7, 2017.

  • Named Sustainability Champion for Feb

    Dr. David Kitchen, Associate Dean, Director of Summer Studies and Professor of Continuing Studies, was named the February 2017 Sustainability Champion by the University’s Office of Sustainability.

  • Earned Thought Leader Award

    Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management, was honored by Trust Across America with a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Top Thought Leader in Trust. She is one of only seven thought leaders around the country honored in this way for 2017.

  • Earns Innovation Award

    Dr. Sarah Calveric, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, received the 2016 SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award at the School’s spring faculty meeting. The annual award recognizes one adjunct professor each year for teaching excellence.

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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