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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 $450 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

  • 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.

  • RTD 'In My Shoes' Column

    Dr. Liz Sheehan, retired Partners in the Arts director and SPCS adjunct professor, wrote In My Shoes: Finding a Little Ancestral Peace While Digging into the Past for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Quoted on superintendent resignation

    Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS professor and chair of graduate education, was quoted in a NBC12 story on the resignation of Petersburg Public Schools superintendent Joseph Melvin.

  • Climate Change & Public Opinion

    Dr. David Kitchen, SPCS professor and associate dean, presented on climate change science and public opinion with Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf on October 21, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia, part of the Museum’s “Living Ethics” series.

  • Co-edited book published

    Dr. Erik Nielson, asst. professor and asst. program chair, liberal arts, co-edited a book (with Cornell’s Travis L. Gosa) published by Oxford University Press titled The Hip Hop and Obama Reader.

  • Cosby High named National Blue Ribbon School

    Cosby High School, led by principal and SPCS adjunct professor Dr. Brenda Mayo, named Exemplary High Performing School among National Blue Ribbon Schools.

  • Artist in Residence in Brazil

    Rob McAdams, director of Partners in the Arts, is artist in residence for two weeks in Brazil thanks to the Santa Catarina-Virginia chapter of Partners of the Americas. Follow him at #RobNoBrasil

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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