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Post-Bachelor’s Programs at SPCS

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.

Our post-bachelor’s programs value face-to-face, classroom-based learning. Individual classes are periodically offered online or as in-class/online hybrids, but our programs require classroom-based learning on the beautiful University of Richmond campus.

Students who earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate are considered degree-seeking students and graduates of the University of Richmond.

Non-degree Study Options

Testing the Waters: Take up to 12 undergraduate semester hours or 9 graduate hours before applying to a program of study. Visit the Non-Degree Seeking Admissions page to complete the Non-Degree Seeking application.

Classroom Teachers: Current classroom teachers may take select graduate Education courses at a discount for relicensure or training. Visit the Professional Development for Educators page for details. 

Undergraduate Certificates

Information Security: A credential for students changing careers, professional development for seasoned IT professionals or the prerequisites for graduate study in information security. Associate’s degree or higher required.

Information Systems: A credential for professionals changing careers or prerequisites for graduate study in information or IT management. Associate’s degree or higher required.

Paralegal Studies: A credential for professionals changing careers into paralegal studies or for those preparing to apply to law schools. Bachelor’s degree required.

Graduate Certificates

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Post-master’s program for those seeking to sit for the Virginia School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA).

Human Resource Management: For professionals exploring career options in HR and current HR professionals seeking professional development.

Nonprofit Studies: For nonprofit managers and leaders or for those seeking to transition from positions in the corporate sector.

Review course requirements for each certificate below.

Undergraduate Certificates
Information Security

CAS-InfoSec Program of Study

An earned associate’s degree is required to enroll in this certificate program.

Total: 21 semester hours

Required

10 semester hours

  • ISYS 302U Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • ISYS 303U IT Security
  • ISYS 491U IT Security Planning & Risk Management

Elective

11 semester hours selected from the courses listed. Only sections of ISYS 398U with a security focus will count toward the certificate.

  • ISYS 301U Global Telecommunications Tech and Policy
  • ISYS 306U Systems Analysis and Design
  • ISYS 308U Digital Forensics
  • ISYS 311U Database Design/Business Intelligence
  • ISYS 312U Predictive Analytics
  • ISYS 314U Data Vizualization
  • ISYS 315U Big Data Analytics
  • ISYS 350U History of IT
  • ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java
  • ISYS 360U Electronic Commerce
  • ISYS 365U Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services
  • ISYS 370U Introduction to Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing
  • ISYS 375U IT Control and Audit
  • ISYS 398U Selected Topics
  • ISYS 399U Independent Study
  • ISYS 450U Project Management
  • ISYS 490U Managing IT
  • ISYS 492U Consulting and Design of Online Systems
  • LAW 325U CyberLaw
  • MGMT 342U Managing Business Processes
Information Systems

CAS-ISYS Program of Study

An earned associate’s degree is required to enroll in this certificate program.

21 semester hours

Certificate

21 semester hours from the courses listed. Students considering future graduate study should check entrance requirements for several programs before making selections. Graduate programs generally require ISYS 302U, ISYS 306U, ISYS 311U, and/or ISYS 355U as undergraduate prerequisites.

  • ISYS 302U Local Area Networks
  • ISYS 303U IT Security
  • ISYS 306U Systems Analysis and Design
  • ISYS 308U Digital Forensics
  • ISYS 311U Database Design/Business Intelligence
  • ISYS 315U Big Data Analytics
  • ISYS 350U History of IT
  • ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java
  • ISYS 360U Electronic Commerce
  • ISYS 365U Cloud Computing: Infrastructure & Services
  • ISYS 370U Introduction to Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing
  • ISYS 375U IT Control & Audit
  • ISYS 398U Selected Topics
  • ISYS 399U Independent Study
  • ISYS 450U Project Management
  • ISYS 490U Managing IT
  • ISYS 491U IT Security Planning/Risk Management
  • ISYS 492U Consulting and Design of Online Systems
  • LAW 325U CyberLaw
  • MGMT 342U Managing Business Processes
Paralegal Studies

CAS-PS Program of Study

An earned bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to enrollment in this certificate program.

Total: 18 semester hours 

Core Courses

15 semester hours

  • LA 301U Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • LA 302U The Judicial System
  • LA 303U Legal Research
  • LA 304U Legal Writing
  • LA 306U Litigation

Elective

3 semester hours from LA and LAW courses.

  • LA 310U Real Estate
  • LA 312U Family Law
  • LA 315U Torts
  • LA 316U Contract Law
  • LA 320U Environmental Law
  • LA 323U Elder Law
  • LA 321U Criminal Law
  • LA 398U Selected Topics
  • LAW 300U Business Law
  • LAW 303U Constitutional Law
  • LAW 304U First Amendment Law
  • LAW 315U Social Media Law and Ethics
  • LAW 321U Land Use Law
  • LAW 322U Employment Law and Policy
  • LAW 325U CyberLaw
  • LAW 398U Selected Topics
Graduate Certificates
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

GC-ELPS Program of Study

An earned graduate degree is required for admission.

Total: 22 semester hours

Core

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

  • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
  • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
  • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
  • EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
  • EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics

Field Experience

7 semester hours. All candidates must complete at least 320 hours of practicum outside the classroom to qualify for the endorsement. Each Core course requires 30 hours of practicum; the remaining 170 hours is completed through the Reflective Leadership Seminar residency program. All candidates must complete the practicum courses.

  • EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
  • EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

Capstone Experience

All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

Human Resource Management

GC-HRM Program of Study

Total: 18 semester hours

Required

15 semester hours

  • HRM 531U Human Resource Management
  • HRM 532U Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
  • HRM 534U Strategic Human Resource Development
  • HRM 635U Managing Compensation and Benefits
  • HRM 657U HRM in the Global Environment

Elective

3 semester hours. Select from among 500- and 600-level HRM courses not required for the certificate, including PSYC 530U and ECON 507U.

Nonprofit Studies

GC-NPS Program of Study

Total: 18 semester hours

Required

15 semester hours

  • NPS 501U Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
  • NPS 520U Financial Management and Budget Development
  • NPS 530U Law, Ethics and Governance
  • NPS 540U Resource Development and Promotion
  • NPS 550U Strategic Human Resource Management

Elective

3 semester hours. Select 1 additional graduate-level Nonprofit Studies (NPS) course or another graduate-level course with approval from the chair.

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