OVERVIEW

Business management is a wide-open field with opportunities in a large variety of settings. There are many types of management positions in small, mid-size and large organizations within industry, government and service fields. There will always be a need for effective, highly trained managers.

Generally stated, business management is the process of managing people and resources within a business. That process can look very different, however, depending on the type and size of the organization, and the specific type of management you pursue.

The management program at Alvernia University will prepare you to work as a manager in a variety of business settings. You might want to start your own business, or work for a very large company. Perhaps you’d prefer a small or mid-sized business, or are drawn toward working for a non-profit organization. If you’re considering majoring in management, it’s a good idea to also think about the particular industry in which you’d like to put your training to work. You could consider a job in healthcare, hospitality, durable goods, manufacturing, transportation, retail, construction or another field.

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.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Management – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 

YOUR CAREER

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs in many areas of management will increase at a faster-than-average rate during the next decade, indicating favorable job prospects. And, many management jobs pay more than the median salary for all professional positions.

There is an ongoing need for proficient managers across all industries and types of organizations.
A management degree from Alvernia can prepare you for a career as an account executive or a bank manager. Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a business consultant or an analyst. With a degree in management, you can pursue a career as a purchasing agent, personnel manager, operations manager or in a variety of other jobs. To learn more about management jobs, check out the Careers in Management site at www.careers-in-business.com/management. You also can research job postings for management positions to get a better idea of what various management jobs entail.

A sampling of employers of Alvernia management graduates:

  • Penske
  • Enersys
  • UGI
  • Wells Fargo
  • Carpenter Technology

 

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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 an 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.

Learn more about the MBA Program here.

 

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You’ll need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours.   View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.

 

Management majors must complete 58 credits in the major.  View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses (58 credits)

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting -OR- BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 280 Human Resource Management
BUS 305 Accounting Information Systems -OR- BUS 311 Principles of Marketing Info Systems
BUS 312 International Business I
BUS 320 Labor Relations
BUS 332 Operations Management
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 431 Entrepreneurship
BUS 438 Business Seminar
BUS 450 Organizational Leadership
MAT 208 Introductory 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 441 Cooperative Education in Business I

 

Choosing a dual major can make you even more marketable after graduation. Complementary majors to management include accounting, marketing, sport management and human resource management.

 

YOUR REAL WORK LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Alvernia believes that real-world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia management majors have had internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • Service And Access Management (SAM)
  • Superior Oxygen
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Walt Disney World
  • Webb Insurance

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you. Meanwhile, you can find out more about real-world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, management, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, international leadership and hiring of part-time employees.

As a business major, there may be an opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from the knowledge gained through faculty research.

 

BUSINESS MINOR

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
samuel.bradley@alvernia.edu
610-796-8236

 

For more information about Alvernia’s management program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

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