Alvernia’s graduate programs are offered in an online and/or hybrid format and cannot accommodate a F-1 student visa at this time. International students looking to enroll in our online programs from their home country will need to have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Students must also submit proof of English proficiency. 

How and when to apply for graduate admission

Review university admissions standards and degree program application requirements

Alvernia maintains minimum standards for consideration for admission to graduate degree programs. Review admissions standards, application materials and timelines for submitting your application for the degree program of your interest.

Complete the Graduate Admission Application with Nonrefundable Application fee

Complete the online application for Graduate Admission.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - May 1st Deadline
  • Spring Semester - October 1st Deadline

Pay the application fee. Alvernia accepts credit card payment online. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstance, regardless of outcome, the date of filing, time of review, or if for whatever reason, the application is withdrawn or you are unable to enroll for class.

After you apply, you can also track the status of your application.

Have official materials sent to the Graduate and Adult Education Admissions office

Your online application is considered incomplete until all supporting materials are received. Please make sure all additional materials required by your department have been submitted. Please note, any document Alvernia receives becomes property of Alvernia and will not be returned to you.

Official Transcripts and Foreign credential evaluation

Arrange for one set of official transcripts for every college and university from which you earned a bachelor's degree or higher to be sent to Alvernia. Alvernia accepts official transcripts that are original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of your institution's registrar, academic official or recognized international organization. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, course-by-course complete versions of the originals. Alvernia will accept foreign credential evaluations (FCE) from any NACES member; however, we recommend using one the following agencies:

Foreign credit evaluations can take several weeks, so we recommend that you order the translation as early as possible. A copy of the report should be sent directly from the agency to the Graduate and Adult Education Admission office.

Official test scores

Your program may require you to have official test scores (such as GRE, GMAT, etc.) sent directly to Alvernia. Test scores must be received directly from the agency administering the test. Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.

Additional supporting materials

See your program of interest regarding required supporting materials. These may include letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or resume, etc. Many supporting documents are uploaded as part of the online application for admission.

International Applicants: English proficiency

International students must submit proof of English proficiency. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the proof of English Proficiency. Please submit ONE of the following:

Financial Statement/Affidavit and Passport

Applicants must also complete and submit an Alvernia University Financial Statement and Affidavit, and a copy of their passport.

Mailing Information

Alvernia University
Graduate & Adult Education - Admissions
400 St. Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607

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