Alvernia University is a Catholic comprehensive university with a liberal arts foundation founded by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958. The university serves over 3,000 students in Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia with a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts education, strong technical training in many high demand majors, ever-expanding experiential learning opportunities through study abroad and internship experiences and community engagement through its Franciscan-based community service model.

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Undergraduate Majors

For traditional college age students (typically 18-24 years old) who are graduating from high school, transferring from another college, or starting college after a gap year, and are looking to take classes during the day, Alvernia offers the following majors:

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training (5-Year Master's degree)
  • Addictions & Mental Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology-Medical Laboratory Science
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Early Childhood Education (PreK - 4)
  • Early Childhood Education (PreK - 4) & Special Education (PreK - 8)
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy (5-year Master's degree)
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy (6-year Doctoral Degree)
  • Political Science
  • Pre-dental
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medical
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-physician assistant
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management
  • Theatre
  • Theology
Adult Education Majors

For adult students, typically 24 years of age and older, who are interested in earning or completing a bachelor's degree at night or on weekend, the following programs are available:

  • Accounting
  • Addictions & Mental Health Treatment
  • Addictions & Mental Health Treatment Certificate
  • Business (Associate degree)
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration w/ Addictions & Mental Health Minor
  • Early Childhood Education (PreK - 4)
  • Early Childhood Education (PreK - 4) & Special Education (PreK - 8)
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • RN to BSN Completion Program
  • Social Work
Graduate & Doctoral Programs

For students with a bachelor's degree and looking to earn their master's or doctorate, Alvernia offers the following graduate degree programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA w/ Healthcare Emphasis
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Medical Science Physician Associate Program (MMS)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Entry-Level & Advanced Standing
  • Certificate in Disabilities & Inclusive Communities
  • English as a Second Language Program Specialist (Grades K-12) Certification
  • Special Education (Grades Pre K-8 and 7-12) Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership
Online Programs

For adult students who are looking to earn a bachelor's or master's degree, the below programs are available in a fully online format.

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  • B.A. Addictions & Mental Health Treatment
  • B.A. Communication
  • B.A. Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. Healthcare Administration
  • B.S. Healthcare Science
  • B.S. Management
  • B.S. Psychology
  • RN to BSN Completion Program
  • MBA
  • M.Ed. in Special Education
  • M.Ed. with Special Education Certificate
  • Special Education Certification


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With more than 50 undergraduate majors & minors, Alvernia offers students our unique blend of a rigorous liberal arts core for development of the mind, strong technical training in high demand majors, experiential learning through study abroad and internship experiences, and community engagement through our service model.


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