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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

  • 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.

  • McAdams partners in receiving $1.3M grant

    Rob McAdams, director of University of Richmond’s Partners in the Arts, collaborated with Richmond Public Schools to receive a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a partnership to establish the Arts Integrated Learning Certificate Project. 

  • Artist-in-Residence Mad Skillz featured on Virginia Currents

    SPCS Artist-in-Residence Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis was featured in an episode of Virginia Currents that highlights how he helped put Virginia on the hip-hop map in the mid 1990s by promoting the ”Virginia sound.”

  • Voice of Hip-Hop class featured in Times-Dispatch

    “The Voice of Hip-Hop in America,” a class team-taught by SPCS professor Dr. Erik Nielson and SPCS artist-in-residence Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis, is featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Teaching Hip-Hop: Mad Skillz at University of Richmond; Rapper-songwriter-DJ covers Hip-Hop History, Culture in Class.

  • Hocutt publishes article in Present Tense journal

    Daniel Hocutt, Web Manager and Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts in SPCS, published an article titled Algorithms as Information Brokers: Visualizing Rhetorical Agency in Platform Activities in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.

  • Kuti uses DOE grant to develop online ESOL training

    Dr. Laura Kuti, Interim Assistant Chair, Teacher Licensure Preparation and Assistant Chair, Curriculum & Instruction, has received a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to offer a fully online, statewide ESOL Praxis training module. Region 6 teachers will participate in the training module this spring.

  • Laursen receives SPCS Innovation in Teaching Award

    Dr. Erik Laursen, Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, has been named the 2018 recipient of the SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award, which honors an adjunct professor for creativity and innovation in the classroom.

  • Thornton Among Top 100 Leadership Speakers

    Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management & Leadership, was named one of The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 in an Inc. magazine list curated by Kevin Kruse, founder of LEADx and producer of the LEADx Leadership podcast.

  • Leeper named by ALA to advisory board

    Angela Leeper, Director of the UR Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), has been named by the American Library Association (ALA) to the ALA-Children's Book Council Joint Committee for a two-year term through June 2019. The committee fosters collaboration and communication on the content, format, distribution, and promotion of materials for children and young adults.

Programs of Study

  Bachelor’s Degree Undergrad Certificate Master’s Degree Graduate Certificate
Education    
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   Teacher Licensure      
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HR Management
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Information Systems  
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   Information Security
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   IT Management
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Liberal Arts
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   Master (MLA)    
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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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