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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

    Faculty & Staff Notes

    • 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.

    • Co-authored Rolling Stone article

      Dr. Erik Nielson, associate professor and assistant chair of liberal arts, wrote with rapper Killer Mike an article titled How States Can Bring African-Americans Into the Marijuana Industry in Rolling Stone magazine.

    • Published conference paper

      Daniel L. Hocutt, adjunct professor of liberal arts, published a conference paper titled User Activity in Context: Technical Communicators as Articulators of Google Analytics Data in the Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication.

    • Co-authored article with Dr. Cassada

      Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Education, co-authored an article with Dr. Kate Cassada on the Center for Leadership in Education’s Next Generation Leadership Academy in the journal School Leadership and Management.

    • Co-authored article with Dr. Shields

      Dr. Kate Cassada, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair of Graduate Education - ELPS, co-authored an article with Dr. Tom Shields on the Center for Leadership in Education’s Next Generation Leadership Academy in the journal School Leadership and Management.

    • Published journal article

      Dr. Sam Perry, adjunct professor of education, co-authored an article titled “Voting as a Form of Professionalism: 5 Steps to Take Now” in KPD’s New Teacher Advocate with Dr. Nathan Bond, professor of currlculum and instruction at Texas State University.

    • Published in AMLE Magazine

      Dr. Kate Cassada, assistant professor and assistant chair of graduate education - ELPS, published an article titled “Things Learned — or Affirmed — as a Middle School Mom: Confessions of a Former Middle School Principal” in the October 2016 issue of AMLE Magazine.

    • Earned Humanitarian Award

      Dr. Harold Fitrer, adjunct associate professor of graduate education and nonprofit studies, was awarded a 2016 Humanitarian Award by the Richmond chapter of the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities.

    • Addressed public forum on ethics

      Linda Fisher-Thornton, adjunct associate professor of human resource management, gave an address titled Decoding the Complexity of Doing the Right Thing in a public forum for students and faculty at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire on October 3, 2016.

    • Quoted in NBC12 story

      Dr. Kata Cassada, assistant professor and assistant chair of graduate education (ELPS), was quoted in an October 3, 2016, story titled Police Investigate Possible Hazing Incident at Manchester High School on the NBC12 WWBT website.

    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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