Advanced technology, alternative business models and the rise in entrepreneurship are redefining the way we do business and creating new and innovative platforms for global commerce. Alvernia University’s business programs put students at the forefront and prepare them to excel in the workforce of the future.

Combining classroom and experiential learning, business education at Alvernia provides the foundations for careers in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and specialized areas of management. Students learn from accomplished practitioners who not only have years of experience in their respective fields but also research and publish on the latest business trends. Every program emphasizes ethical business practices in the spirit of the University’s rich Franciscan tradition.

Supporting Entrepreneurs & Local Enterprise

The University’s mission is to serve as a catalyst of transformation for students and the community. To inspire entrepreneurs and energize the local economy, the University is establishing a downtown center and business incubator as part of Reading CollegeTowne, an initiative aimed at deepening connections with the business community. The space will foster student-centered ideas, offer training and support for start-ups and fuel local and regional development.


The Alvernia Business faculty has solid academic qualifications and years of business experience to provide students with expert instruction on the most current trends and practices in the business world. Students learn from professors who currently practice, publish and impart contemporary and cutting-edge practices. Courses are renewed constantly as knowledge gained through faculty research enters classrooms to enrich the experience of students.

Unlimited Career Paths

Alvernia's College of Business, Communication and Leadership develops high performers who are prepared to make a positive difference. Our interns and graduates are in high demand and are making an impact at globally recognized brands such as Amazon, Ernst & Young, the Hershey Company, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg's, Penske and Bank of America. Other recognizable organizations include:

  • Black and Decker
  • Citizens Bank
  • EnerSys
  • Enterprise Car Rental
  • FirstEnergy Corporation
  • First Union
  • Fulton Bank
  • Mail Shark
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nestle
  • NFL
  • Penske Corporation
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Prudential
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Tower Health
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • UGI Energy Services
  • University of Houston
  • University of Pennsylvania Health Care System
  • Vanguard
  • Wells Fargo

Business Programs

Associate of Science Degree in Business (2 years)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business (4 years) with concentrations in:

Minor in Business

MBA - Masters of Business Administration


Alvernia University’s Business Department is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Alvernia University’s Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Sports Management; the Business Associates Degree; and the MBA are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

For information explaining all of the benefits of earning a degree from an ACBSP accredited program, please visit www.acbsp.org or send an email to info@acbsp.org

Each institution accredited by ACBSP must file a Quality Assurance (QA) report with ACBSP every two years until each reaffirmation of accreditation, which occurs every ten years. The purpose of the QA determination can be made that the business unit remains in compliance with ACBSP accreditation standards. Any activity or change within the institution and/or the business unit that alters the status of accreditation standards must be reported. The business unit must inform ACBSP how they routinely provide reliable information to the public on their performance, including student achievement, in their quality assurance reports.


Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Assessment Results (by year)

Retention and Graduation Rates (by year)


  • Dr. Scott Ballantyne - Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, 1988-present; Eastern Education Research Association (EERA), 2000-present
  • Dr. Travis Berger - International Leadership Association (ILA), 2012-present
  • Dr. Beth Berret - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 20+ years membership
  • Dr. Samuel M. Bradley - American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • Dr. Tammy L. Gore - Delta Mu Delta
  • Ms. Mary Ellen Wells - International Academy of Legal Studies & Business, 2001-present;  Berks County Bar Association, 2012-present


Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu
Chair of Business Department

For more information about Alvernia’s business programs, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or email your questions to admissions@alvernia.edu.