Learn to lead from industry veterans

The constantly evolving business world requires successful leaders to possess an ever-increasing range of knowledge and skills. Alvernia University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides a strong, ethical foundation for motivated students, helping them to become transformational leaders at for-profit businesses, nonprofits or governmental agencies.

Developed with the input of regional executives and faculty members with academic and practical business experience, Alvernia’s program teaches students how to think strategically while delving into vital topics such as international business, supply chain administration, business analytics and forecasting, artificial intelligence, ESG investing and cybersecurity.

With Alvernia University’s online MBA, you can hone your business skills so that you can advance your career and pursue a leadership role in for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Through the flexible online format, you’ll be able to fit your studies into your busy schedule while learning from faculty who have real-world expertise. The pragmatic and ethics-driven program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Estimated Program Length1 year
Credit Hours33-42
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits AcceptedUp to 6
Cost per Credit$900*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

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Application Instructions

For admission into Alvernia Online’s online MBA, you must have a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (GRE or GMAT required if lower than 3.0). To apply:

  • Speak to an admission advisor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide proof of a baccalaureate degree and all official college and institution transcripts
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Submit a one-page personal statement on the values of graduate education for your personal and professional goals
  • Submit a copy of your resume outlining your professional and educational experiences
  • Provide additional evidence of potential for success (not required, but encouraged): items such as academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work and completion of specialized examinations
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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Online Learning Benefits
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers a growing number of online programs to advance your career or prepare you for a new one.
• Online learning with Alvernia offers a high-quality education at an affordable price, with the flexibility to study at your own pace.
• Alvernia's rolling admissions policy allows you to apply at any time. The university continually accepts and reviews applications to fit your schedule, with many programs offering starts throughout the year.
• As an Alvernia online student, you’ll have access to an array of resources including our online bookstore, online library and our Office of Career Development.

Program Overview


The Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree curriculum is 33 credits for those with a business degree. Students who are not business majors may be required to take up to 9 additional credits depending on your academic background. The program offers six accelerated seven-week terms a year. Students can work at their own pace, with the opportunity to finish within one year. Classes will be offered in hybrid or online options. Hybrid courses meet one night a week.

The MBA program was crafted by — and is taught by — veterans of the industry, including Donald Schalk, the program's director. Schalk has over 40 years of management experience, serving as CEO of four organizations, and works with startup firms and those in the early revenue stage at the O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

Required Interdisciplinary Course (3 credits):

  • COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership

Required Business Courses (21-33 credits):

  • MBA 510: Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 520: Innovative Marketing Strategy
  • MBA 600: Business Analytics and Forecasting
  • MBA 610: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • MBA 620: Economic Analysis and Evaluation
  • MBA 630: Financial Analysis and Evaluation (Prerequisite: MBA 620)
  • MBA 655: International Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MBA 675: Strategic Formulation and Implementation

Select One Elective (3 credits):

  • MBA 518: Managerial Communications
  • MBA 560: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MBA 575: Investment and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 590: Special Topics
  • MBA 650: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • MBA 665/PGST 510: Applications of Project Management
  • MBA 678: Fundamentals of Sales Management

Required Capstone Course (3 credits):

  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar ~ taken in the final 12 credits

Required Courses for Non-Business Majors (9 credits)

  • MBA 502: Accounting for the Workplace*
  • MBA 504: Management and Marketing*
  • MBA 506: Economics and Finance

*May be waived by MBA Admissions Committee based on graduate program policies.

Career Outlook

After earning your Master of Business Administration online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Sales Management
  • Operations/Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources
  • Government
  • Nonprofits

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in management, business and financial occupations is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032. About 1.1 million openings are projected for management occupations each year, and over 900,000 are projected for business and financial occupations. The median annual wage for management positions was $107,360 in May 2022. The median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $76,850 in May 2022. Both are higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $46,310..

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