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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.

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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Reflections on SPCS

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Proud UR Graduates

Proud UR Graduates

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Quoted in NPR article

    Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools & Adjunct Professor of Graduate Education, was quoted in an NPR article on a new BCPS strategy for teaching academically advanced students. A Baltimore Sun article also quoted Dance on the new strategy.

  • Hired as NPS Program Chair

    Dr. Andrew Schoeneman, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies, has been hired as the Program Chair for the SPCS Nonprofit Studies Program. Schoeneman comes most recently from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

  • Hired in Education department

    Dr. Allison Brenning has been hired in the Education department as Director of Instruction & Educational Practice and will teach as an SPCS Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education.

  • Hired in Education department

    Dr. Deborah Napoli has been hired in the Education department as the Director of Field Placements for undergraduate and graduate Education students.

  • Named to VAFRE Board of Directors

    Kathy Laing, GC’08 and GC’16, manager of the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives (VAFRE).

  • Honored by Board of Education

    Prof. Wendell Roberts, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, was honored July 28, 2016, by the Virginia Board of Education with a Resolution of Appreciation for service as legal counsel to the Board.

  • Journal Article Published

    Dr. Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair, co-authored an article with Genevieve Siegel-Hawley & Kimberly Bridges titled Solidifying Segregation or Promoting Diversity? published in Educational Administration Quarterly.

  • Appointed to SOL Committee

    Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, SPCS dean, has been named by Governor Terry McAullife to the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee. Wilson was selected by Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton.

  • Received PETE Transformation Grant

    Dr. Meghan Rosatelli, SPCS Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Digital America, received a PETE Course Transformation Grant for the project ‘Memoirs from American Art.’

  • 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.

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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