If you’re looking for a focused business career in a field that offers many jobs with above-average income potential and is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate between now and 2022, Alvernia’s new major in finance is worth exploring. A degree in finance will give you the tools you need to access and utilize financial information and understand how financial markets operate. While many students who earn undergraduate degrees in finance choose to pursue graduate degrees, a B.S. in finance can qualify you for many entry-level positions.

People who work in finance-related fields tend to be outgoing and inquisitive, with an aptitude for mathematics. You should be able to work well with people, as you’ll be called upon to interact with clients or others within your organization as you work to advance their financial goals.

If you major in finance at Alvernia, you’ll develop an understanding of the functions and applications of financial markets, and learn how to access and utilize the financial information you’ll need. You’ll also experience “real-life learning” that enables you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally, because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.


A finance degree from Alvernia can prepare you for a career in an area such as financial analysis, banking, insurance or investments. You might work as a financial planner or wealth management advisor, or pursue a job as a commercial real estate agent. You could consider becoming a risk or financial project manager; a credit officer; underwriter; or a broker of stocks, bonds and commodities. You may pursue a job in the corporate world, or at a federal agency such as the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department or Internal Revenue Service.

For more information about the field of finance and to get an idea of some jobs currently available, visit the website of the American Finance Association at You also can research available finance-related positions and read job descriptions to get a better idea of the skills and personal qualities employers desire.

While finance is a brand-new major at Alvernia, graduates of our other business majors have been successful in finding jobs with employers including:

  • Kellogg’s
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Prudential
  • First Union
  • Vanguard
  • Ernst & Young
  • Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General

Some business students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

For more information about Alvernia’s finance program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or


All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.

Finance majors must complete 57 to 58 credits in the major, including 30-31 in the Business Core and 21 that are specific to finance. Requirements include a six-credit Business Seminar.

Required courses (57-58 credits)
BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 205 Fraud Examination
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 225 Insurance and Risk Management
BUS 227 Financial Services
BUS 311 Principles of Management Information Systems
BUS 312 International Business I
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 406 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 412 International Business II
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 438 Business Seminar
MAT 208 Statistics OR MAT 209 Probability and Statistics

Related Requirements (6 credits)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses
BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics

Department Chair

Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
Associate Professor of Business
Business Department Chair

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