An unsung profession integral to any successful business

The process of hiring, training, managing and retaining talented employees is integral to any company, and business owners rely heavily on human resource managers to assure success in those areas. Alvernia University’s adult education Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program teaches students how to develop and evaluate resources necessary to sustain a positive return of the people investment in an organization. Human resource managers are responsible for areas such as recruiting and employing staff, training and development, compensation management, benefit analysis and employee assistance. The work demands analytical skills, business knowledge and the ability to work effectively with people.

Alvernia's award-winning and nationally recognized SHRM program has been approved for renewal as a Society of Human Resource Management-aligned program. Flexible scheduling allows adult learners to incorporate classes into their busy lives.




Estimated Program Length2-4 years
Credit Hours123
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted75
Cost per Credit$650*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

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Adult Education Programs

Getting Started

Where You Can Get A Degree

The adult education Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program is available at the following Alvernia University campuses:

Application Instructions

Through a rolling admission process, prospective students may apply to Alvernia at any time. Multiple start dates throughout the year allow accepted students to begin a program of study at an accommodating time. We continually review applications and accept students for each of the six term starts (August, October, February, March, May, and July).

Keeping on track is important throughout the process. We encourage you to work with an admission team member to submit all materials and meet all deadlines. Our dedicated team will work directly with you to identify the best options that work for you and your unique situation.

Once your application is complete, you will not have to wait long for a decision. We continually review applications and notify students as soon as a decision has been made.

To get started, visit our Adult Education Application page for a list of instructions and documents needed.

Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our Student Financial Services page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about tuition, the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email

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Alvernia students Jacob Paul-Taylor and Tyzhir Morris celebrate at the 2022 Alvernia University Commencement Ceremony
Why Alvernia?
• Alvernia University is a nationally ranked comprehensive regional university that has been a leader in adult education for over 35 years.
• Flexible scheduling with evening classes and in-person, hybrid and online formats meets the needs of the busy adult learner.
• Programs are offered at a growing number of convenient locations in Reading, Pottsville, and Philadelphia.
• With world-class facilities and resources and a dedicated advisor team to help you balance your studies, family, financial and work demands, Alvernia is the ideal choice for your personal and educational comeback.

Program Overview


Liberal Arts Core (54/55 credits)*
General Elective Requirements (as needed)**

Human Resource Management Major Requirements (58 Credits):

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 280 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 320 Labor Relations
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Analysis
  • BUS 411 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 420 Employment Law
  • BUS 426 Strategic Management
  • BUS 427 International HR Management
  • BUS 438 Business Seminar
  • BUS 443 Compensation & Benefit Management
  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 249 Microeconomics
  • MAT 208 Introductory to Statistics

Choose one course from the following:

  • BUS 305 Accounting Information Systems
  • BUS 311 Principles of Mgt. Info. Systems (CIS 311)

Choose one course from the following:

  • BUS 322 Current Issues in HR Management
  • BUS 350 Industrial & Organizational Psyc. (PSY 350)
  • BUS 450 Organizational Leadership

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associates degree must complete 30/31 Liberal Arts Core credits.

**A total of 123 credits including 3 credits in a human diversity course are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan Values, community service hours are also required. In addition, at least 30 credits at the 300/400 level must be taken at Alvernia University. Recommended core 100 level science with lab: BIO 107/117, BIO 115/116, or BIO 109

Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) provides opportunities for Graduate and Adult Education students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations. Alvernia’s chapter has won numerous awards on state and national levels. 
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) is the premier national honor society for nontraditional adult students. Its aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest, but also the largest chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students.
Accreditation Statements
  • The Human Resource Management curriculum at Alvernia fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management’s guidelines. Alvernia University’s Business Department is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
  • Alvernia is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resource managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 to 2031, about the average for all occupations. The median annual wage in 2021 was $126,230.

  • Benefits Analyst
  • Change Manager
  • Compensation Manager
  • Director of Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Resources Director
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Organizational Developer
  • Payroll Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Recruiter
  • Trainer
  • Vice President, Human Resources
  • Workforce Diversity Specialist
Schuylkill Healthcare Science graduate Rebecca McCormick
Graduate persists during health crisis
Becky McCormick's journey at Alvernia began as an adult student returning to complete her undergraduate degree. In her junior year, she suffered a brain aneurism. After recovering, McCormick graduated with highest honors, summa cum laude.