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Online MBA Overview
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 non-profit 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 can be completed in as little as one year and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Alvernia University earned the 2020-2021 Business Field of Study badge from Colleges of Distinction for 2020-21. Through a comprehensive vetting process, COD recognizes business programs that exhibit high-impact practices and criteria based on stability, multidisciplinary, practical experience, collaborative learning, business ethics, dedicated advising and counseling and industry connections.
Topics of Study
With our comprehensive accredited online MBA program, you will explore philosophies of moral leadership for the community, workplace, society and global world, as well as vital business topics that include:
- Fundamental financial accounting concepts, including accounting information systems
- Management theory and foundations of marketing
- Basic concepts regarding financial decision-making and economic theory
- Using accounting systems for managerial decision-making and problem-solving, including interpreting financial statements, cash flow, cost-volume-profit analysis and more
- Effective and creative communication to promote teamwork and provide motivation
- Marketing strategies and concepts, plus consumer behavior and new product development
- How legal forces affect nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools and churches, including governmental regulations, employment problems and human resource policies
- Using economic tools for managerial decision-making, specifically microeconomic theory and how it applies to various organizations
- Financial management within an organization, including analyzing and planning financial performance and capital
As part of our online MBA, you will also need to assess an organization and develop strategic plans that will help it succeed in the global environment using case studies and applying your knowledge of different business theories.
Our Online MBA Program Is For Those:
- Wanting to develop valuable management skills that can apply to almost any industry
- Desiring to earn credentials to advance their career in the business realm
- Seeking to broaden their knowledge on how businesses are managed and technical skills related to it
For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.
The online MBA program consists of 30-39 credits. The degree includes a required interdisciplinary course, an elective and a required capstone course. A total of 30 of the program’s credits make up the business courses, of which nine credits may be waived by the admissions committee based on graduate program policies.
Course Description Credits COR 520A discussion and analysis of philosophies of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged leadership for the community, workplace, society and the global world. It will include the study of topics such as: theories of and approaches to moral leadership; the ideal relationship between leaders and followers; historical exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. This course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership. 3 Course Description Credits MBA 502This course is designed to introduce students to accounting who have not had accounting courses or accounting experience at the undergraduate level. The course fosters an understanding of the basic concepts of financial accounting, including accounting information systems. Only applicable for students who require leveling coursework. 3 MBA 504The purpose of this course is to provide foundations in management and marketing for students who have entered the program with limited exposure to management and marketing. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis for management theory and marketing. Only applicable for students who require leveling coursework. 3 MBA 506The purpose of this course is to provide foundations in economics and finance for students who have entered the program with limited exposure to economics and finance. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis for economic theory and financial decision-making. Only applicable for students who require leveling coursework. 3 MBA 510This course emphasizes the application of accounting systems to managerial decision-making and problem solving. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements, analysis of cash flow, cash budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis and responsibility accounting are among the major topics explored. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in accounting or MBA 502-Accounting for the Workplace. 3 MBA 518Provides strategies that will be employed through hands-on experiences to enhance critical communication skills emphasizing listening, speaking and writing skills as well as individual and group communication strategies. The goal of this course is to develop managers and leaders who communicate in a creative and effective manner, motivate associates and enhance teamwork by understanding and strategically applying appropriate managerial communication concepts. 3 MBA 520This course is designed to provide students with a broad approach to the concepts of various marketing functions including consumer behavior and new product development. Emphasis is placed on international issues and their impact on the development of strategies for consumer and industrial-based products or services entering the global market. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in marketing or MBA 504- Management and Marketing. 3 MBA 610This course provides an overview of the effects of legal forces on the objectives and operations of nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. Policies and decisions based on current case studies are examined with emphasis placed on vulnerabilities and the appropriate techniques of managing exposure risks. Contemporary issues relating to governmental regulations, employment issues and human resource policies faced by leaders in cross-cultural settings are explored. 3 MBA 620This course examines the use of economic tools for managerial decision-making. Applicable economic, statistical and computer skills are studied. Emphasis is placed on the microeconomic theory of organizations and its application in nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. 3 MBA 630This course presents an overview of financial management and its role within nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. The focus is on the prime variables that affect the financial manager within the firm and within the economy. Topics include financial management and its environment, analysis of the operating budget and its impact on setting priorities, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, analyzing and planning financial performance, and institutional features of long-term planning. Prerequisite: MBA 620-Managerial Economics 3 MBA 675This course integrates the formulation of the organizations strategic plan with the process of implementation of business policies. Students use a culmination of business theories, practices, strategies, financial and economic application learned in this and other courses to design strategic plans to assess a total organization and what it must do to compete successfully in the global environment. Case studies will be used to enhance the understanding of strategy concepts and practices. This course is designed to be taken near or at the completion of the MBA program and the major field test will be administered to students in this class. (To be taken with the final 12 credits.) 3
* May be waived by MBA Admissions Committee based on graduate program policies.
** Course selected may not also count as the student’s required elective.
Course Description Credits MBA 543 Labor and Employment Law 3 MBA 555This course provides comprehensive coverage of forensic accounting concepts through a wide range of topics. It reviews the professional skills necessary to detect, investigate, and prevent fraud and white-collar crime through the financial records of the business. Emphasis is placed on gaining a basic understanding of the characteristics of fraud, fraud prevention and detection, investigative techniques, asset recover, and the use of information technology in the forensic accounting context. Prerequisites: MBA 502 or MBA 510. 3 MBA 560This course is designed to build understanding in compensation and benefit administration utilized in today’s business and government agencies. Emphasis is placed on understanding human resource wage scales, placement development, administrative requirements and remedies and benefit administration. The impact of legislative issues, mandates and discipline practice is identified and reviewed. 3 MBA 565Covers basic tax theory and concepts as they affect corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts. The course emphasizes the application of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations, as well as major developments in federal income taxation of corporations, estates and trusts. 3 MBA 570This course addresses the principles of social scientific methodology for marketing research. Topics covered include scientific method, problem formulation, cost and research design, questionnaire construction, report preparation, data interpretation and reliability measurements. Research results are used to formulate marketing strategies directed toward specific markets 3 MBA 575This course is designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for effective portfolio management. The goal of the course is to increase your capacity to understand asset pricing, equity strategies, stocks, bonds and alternative investment strategies. Increasingly, unpredictable environments now require investment managers to learn, adapt and take advantage of new opportunities. 3 MBA 600This course is designed to familiarize the student with the use of mathematical and statistical methodology used in managerial decisionmaking. Topics include linear, integer and dynamic programming, sensitivity analysis and duality, network models, inventory and queuing, and simulation. 3 MBA 640This course explores accounting principles and procedures relative to governmental units and not-for-profit institutions. A comparison with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) used in business is featured. 3 MBA 650This course is designed to identify and analyze factors that contribute to the success of new business ventures. Major topics include risk assessment and management, leadership skills, sources of funding and the development of a business plan. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful ventures are analyzed. 3 Course Description Credits MBA 680This is a capstone course and is designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for one to become an effective, inspirational leader. In addition to case studies, interaction with successful business executives provides students with realistic models of leadership. (To be taken with the final 12 credits.) 3
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 enrollment counselor
- 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
- Interview with the MBA program coordinator or committee. After all required application materials have been received, applicants will be contacted if an interview is necessary.
- 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
Tuition & Fees
|Full Program Tuition||$665 per credit hour||$25,935|
|Full Program Student Fees||$50 per credit hour||$1,950|
|Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 6)||$665 per credit hour||$21,945|
|Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 6)||$50 per credit hour||$1,650|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$23,595|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes about one year to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.
After earning your Master of Business Administration online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:
- Finance executive
- Marketing executive
- Chief executive officer