Fast Facts

The University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies (SPCS) offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study, professional development and personal enrichment. On any given day at SPCS, you’ll find learners of all ages exploring new educational opportunities.

Some of the things our students accomplish at SPCS include:

  • Finishing a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earning a master’s degree.
  • Easing back into school by taking a class or two.
  • Preparing to switch careers.
  • Getting ready to re-enter the workforce.
  • Improving job and career skills.
  • Taking a class for fun.
  • Engaging in professional development coursework.

And our students do it all on the amazing campus of one of the top private universities in the country.

  • Classroom-Based Instruction

    The University of Richmond values the rich interaction and collaborative learning experience of in-person instruction. As a result, our degree programs require classroom-based learning while offering limited remote and hybrid instruction.

    We’re temporarily converting many of our classes to remote instruction in response the coronavirus pandemic, but these adjustments are intended to last only as long as our physical distancing guidelines complicate in-person instruction planning.

  • Degrees for Adult Students

    The School of Professional & Continuing Studies brings the world-class academic experience of the University of Richmond to adult students.

    • Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts, Information Security, IT Management, Human Resource Management and Paralegal Studies
    • Master’s degrees in Education (Curriculum & Instruction, Leadership & Policy Studies, and Teaching), Human Resources Management, Liberal Arts and Nonprofit Studies
    • Undergraduate and graduate academic certificates in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Human Resource Management, Information Security, Information Systems, Nonprofit Studies and Paralegal Studies, 
    • Convenient evening classes, an average class size of 12 and extremely competitive tuition rates
    • Outstanding academic resources and incredible facilities on a beautiful 350-acre suburban campus.
    • Top-notch, unrivaled faculty who bring a wealth of real-world experiences into the classroom
  • UR Summer School
    • Summer School, serving traditional and nontraditional students from UR’s Schools of Arts & Sciences, Leadership, Business and Professional & Continuing Studies
    • Summer Internship Abroad and International Service Learning programs offering traditional students 15-18 overseas programs each summer including a variety of internship experiences
  • Professional Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Institutes and Centers
  • Degree-Seeking Students at a Glance (2018-19)
    • We attract students from metro-Richmond, throughout other parts of Virginia and the U.S.
    • 71% female, 29% male
    • Average age: 35
    • 40% undergraduate, 60% graduate (about 13% are non degree-seeking students at both levels)
    • 86% part time, 14% full time
  • Enrollments (2018-19)
    • Our degree programs serve about 500 students each semester.
    • Community and professional education classes, including the Institute on Philanthropy, enroll about 3,500 students annually.
    • Summer School enrolls about 1,600 students each summer.
    • More than 500 Richmond-area teachers and administrators pursue continuing education opportunities through SPCS and the Center for Leadership in Education.
    • Osher Institute has approximately 1,150 active members.
  • Tuition and Fees (AY 2019-20)
    • Undergraduate tuition: $510 per semester hour
    • Graduate tuition: $640 per semester hour
    • Professional development for educators (graduate): $800 per course
    • Professional education and lifelong learning fees vary by class and program
    • Osher annual memberships: UR Staff, $25; Silver, $75; Gold, $350