Thank you for choosing Alvernia University. Graduate applicants are students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are looking to obtain an advanced degree. Whether you’re pursuing a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or completing a post-baccalaureate certification program, we will help you discover your passion and develop a path toward lifelong professional success and personal fulfillment. 

Graduate students usually take classes on a part-time basis in the evening, online, or some combination thereof. Daytime, full-time programs at Reading include the M.S. in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), M.M.S. in Physician Associate Studies, M.S. in Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs.

Alvernia's Grad and Adult team.
Admissions Process
Prospective students may apply to Alvernia at any time for most programs. Available start dates vary, but many programs accept students for each of the six start terms (August, October, January, March, May, and July). 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 for you. For most programs, we continually review applications and notify students as soon as a decision has been made.


How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for graduate admission:

  1. Alvernia Graduate Program Application -- Use this link to apply for all graduate programs except for MSAT, DPT, PA, MSOT and OTD, which require an application through the Centralized Application System (CAS).
  2. CAS Applications: To ease the application process for certain healthcare programs, Alvernia participates in the CAS applications. Use the links below to apply to Alvernia through the CAS system.

          • To apply to the Master of Science in Athletic Training program: ATCAS 

          • To apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program: PTCAS 

          • To apply for the PA Program Master of Medical Science in Physician Associate StudiesCASPA

          • To apply for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or the Doctor of Occupational Therapy: OTCAS

International Students

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. Information about admissions requirements for graduate programs can be found on the Admissions International page-International Graduate Students program page.

Documents You'll Need

Please consider that there may be lead times associated with transcript requests. The sooner you start requesting supporting documents, the faster you’ll be able to start taking classes. When applying, please submit the following:

All Students

  • Completed online application 
  • Proof of a bachelor’s degree and official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Each program will have its own requirements and documentation necessary for admission. Examples include letters of recommendation, personal statements, minimum GPA standards, a resume or curriculum vitae, licenses, and certifications. Please review the graduate admissions requirements for your program of choice.

Veteran Students

  • Legible copy of form DD214 (also known as separation of discharge papers) from military service.



Please contact our supportive admissions staff with questions. Our Graduate Admissions Office phone number is 610-796-5187. You can also email our general Graduate Admissions inbox.