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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.

Post-Bachelor's
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

Proud UR Graduate (SPCS Night 2016)

Proud UR Graduate (SPCS Night 2016)

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Reflection on SPCS (SPCS Night 2016)

Reflection on SPCS (SPCS Night 2016)

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Gratitude (SPCS Night 2016)

Gratitude (SPCS Night 2016)

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Thornton mentioned in Personnel Today The lenses of ethical leadership in Prof. Linda Fisher Thornton’s 2013 book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, were mentioned in an article on occupational health sustainability in Personnel Today.
  • Shields named SPCS associate dean

    Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Education program chair, and Center for Leadership in Education director, has been named the SPCS Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Stern interviewed by WVTF RadioIQ about Beer Brewing

    Garrett Stern, SPCS Senior Program Manager for Professional Development programs, was interviewed in Beer Boom Leads to More Classes about the School’s new Professional Brewers Series.

  • Kay Robertson earns 15 year service award

    Kay Robertson, Assistant to Dean in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was recognized for 15 years of service to SPCS at the University of Richmond’s annual Service Awards celebration held March 19, 2018.

  • Mary Catherine Raymond earns 15 year service award

    Mary Catherine Raymond, Senior Program Manager for Nondegree Programs in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was recognized for 10 years of service to SPCS at the University of Richmond’s annual Service Awards celebration held March 19, 2018.

  • Flynn Morris named RVA SHRM president-elect

    Gretchen Flynn Morris, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, Instructor of HR Management and Director of Strategic Management for Academic Programs, has been named President-Elect for Greater Richmond SHRM.

  • Brown announces retirement from UR

    Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, has announced her retirement from the University of Richmond effective June 30, 2018, after nearly 23 years of successful leadership in SPCS.

  • Cassada promoted to associate professor

    Dr. Kate Cassada, Assistant Chair of Graduate Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Education by the University of Richmond Board of Trustees during its February meeting.

  • Lee receives trailblazer award

    Dr. Lauranett Lee, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, was awarded the John Jasper Trailblazer Award by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. The award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the African-American community.

  • Watson receives Osher grant

    Peggy Watson, W’77, recently received a second $25,000 capacity-building grant on behalf of UR’s Osher Institute from The Bernard Osher Foundation. The award supports local membership and fundraising development efforts.

Programs of Study

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Liberal Arts
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Nonprofit Studies    
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Paralegal Studies
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Public History
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