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About SPCS

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies (SPCS) at the University of Richmond offers degree and certificate programs, enrichment opportunities, professional education and summer programs to part-time and non-traditional students of all ages.

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What Drives Us?

At SPCS, we’re driven by our mission, vision and values; by our guiding principles for teaching and learning; by our strategic plan; and by our history.

Established at Grace & Lombardy as University College


Renamed the School of Continuing Studies


Renamed the School of Professional & Continuing Studies

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By the Numbers

The mission of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies is to enrich lives and careers for the 21st century. We engage Richmond’s learners across a wide range of programs, including degree program students and alumni, professional education classes and programs, lifelong learning experiences and the Osher Institute. Here’s a quick snapshot capturing some of our student groups. 


Degree-seeking students, per semester


Osher Institute members, 2019-20


Degree-program alumni since 1963

Since 1962, when then-President George Modlin and founding Dean Martin Schotzberger envisioned a place which would meet the lifelong learning needs of working professionals, we’ve been writing the story of regular people. For some, it is a story of professional triumph; for others, it is a story of personal fulfillment; and for still others, it is a story of educational empowerment. Regardless of which chapter you read, the theme of the SPCS story has remained constant — we are deeply committed to providing courses and events that enrich lives and careers.

headshot of Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson
Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson
Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Studies