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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

  • Roberts discusses latest book on Virginia This Morning Dan Roberts, professor of liberal arts, chair of the liberal arts program, and executive producer and host of A Moment in Time, discussed his bookMaster American History in 1 Minute a Day, on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6.
  • Dixon releases digital album EP

    Mike Dixon, SPCS adjunct instructor of liberal arts, recently released worldwide a new digital album EP, Aquarium, blending orchestral soundtrack, new age and electronic elements. Dixon is teaching a full survey of popular American music in fall 2019.

  • Laing leads workshop session on nonprofit fundraising innovations

    Kathy Laing, GC’16, led a breakout session workshop titled “The New Frontier of Philanthropy – A Survey of Fundraising Innovation” at the 21st annual Virginia Fund Raising Institute, July 24-25, 2019. 

  • Lee named William & Mary's chief human resources officer

    Dr. Christopher D. Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management, has been named William & Mary’s next chief human resources officer. He takes the role after serving as associate vice chancellor for human resource services for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). 

  • Maurakis receives grant for research project

    Visiting research scientist & SPCS adjunct professor Eugene G. Maurakis has been awarded funding from the Virginia Academy of Science for his research project, “Testing the General Public’s Knowledge and Attitudes of Nest-building Fishes in Virginia.”

  • Edinger published in Journal of Psychology

    Adjunct professor of education Dr. Matthew Edinger recently published an article with Suzanne Edinger titled Improving Teacher Job Satisfaction: The Roles of Social Capital, Teacher Efficacy, and Support in the Journal of Psychology.

  • Hocutt successfully defends doctoral dissertation

    SPCS web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts Daniel Hocutt successfully defended his doctoral dissertation toward earning a PhD in English at Old Dominion University. The dissertation traces rhetorical agency in algorithm-centered activities and demonstrates that agency is shared across human and nonhuman actors in online research.

  • Spires serves on Inequality & Human Trafficking panel

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires served on a panel on Inequality & Human Trafficking at the Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium at Georgia Tech University on April 26. Panelists from North America, West Africa & Asia examined causes, consequences & solutions to address global human trafficking.

  • Spires presents on rural Cambodian border youth

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires presented An Exploratory Case Study on Rural Cambodian Border Youth: Social & Educational Barriers with Implications for Development with a colleague from Colorado Mesa U at Education for Sustainability: CIES 2019, April 14-18.

  • Raymond presents on programming for au pairs

    SPCS senior program manager Mary Catherine Raymond, C’17, presented a session titled “Professional Development & Personal Enrichment Programming for Au Pairs Living in the U.S.” at the 9th Annual Continuing Education Training Institute (CETI) on April 15-16, 2019.

Programs of Study

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Information Systems  
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Liberal Arts
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• Weekend College
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Nonprofit Studies    
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Paralegal Studies
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Public History
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