Learn how to get down to business

The fast-paced world of business has a wide range of avenues to pursue. Alvernia University's adult education Bachelor of Science in Management can help maximize your potential. Faculty with practical business experience share offer insights into the changing global business world. The management major prepares students for a variety of entry-level and mid-level management opportunities in small, mid-sized, and large organizations in industry, government, and service-oriented fields. A dual major can help you become even more marketable upon graduation. Complementary programs include accounting, marketing and human resource management.

Flexible scheduling allows adult learners to incorporate classes into their busy lives. A state-of-the-art business lab, alternative business models and the rise of entrepreneurship helped Alvernia earn the accolade of Business College of Distinction in 2022.

Estimated Program Length2-4 years
Credit Hours123
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted75
Cost per Credit$640*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

Adult Education Programs

Getting Started

Where You Can Get A Degree

The adult education Bachelor of Science in 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 sfs@alvernia.edu.

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Driss and Terrence
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)**

Business Major Requirements (58 Credits):

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting I -OR- BUS 250 Accounting Principles
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 280 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 312 International Business I
  • BUS 315 Business Data and Info Analysis
  • BUS 320 Labor Relations
  • BUS 332 Operations Management
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Analysis
  • BUS 411 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 426 Strategic Management
  • BUS 431 Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 438 Business Seminar
  • BUS 450 Organizational Leadership
  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 249 Microeconomics
  • MAT 208 Introductory Statistics

*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.

Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • In the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne, our business lab and Bloomberg Terminals provide financial real time, historical data, market moving news and analytics.
  • The O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship offers resources to students and businesses to assist with economic development. Students interested in starting a business or securing a patent have access to the O'Pake Institute business incubator. 
  • Customized skills are put into practice with a final project in the capstone course Executive Leadership Seminar.
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Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the range of jobs available with a bachelor’s degree in management is projected to grow up to 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in those professions in 2021 ranged from $80,000 to $179,000.

  • Small-business owner
  • Nonprofit management
  • Management opportunities in industry, government, and service-oriented fields
  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Management specialist
David Ruppert '21
Attending Alvernia an easy choice for veteran
David Ruppert, a Marine Corps veteran who graduated in May 2021 with degrees in criminal justice, finance and business management, has a message for those considering a return to school: "Don’t sell yourself short in the end; do not let others tell you that you can’t."