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  • Tuition

    Online MBA tuition is $550 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you. More

  • MBA Salary

    PayScale reports a median salary of $75,185 for employees with an MBA and five to nine years of experience. More

  • Accelerated

    Complete your degree in as little as one year while studying when and where you want. More


The online MBA program requires 30 credit hours, which can be achieved with the following courses.

Required Interdisciplinary Courses (3 credits):

COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership
A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.

Required Business Courses (21-30 credits):

MBA 502: Accounting for the Workplace (3 credits)*
This 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.
MBA 504: Management and Marketing (3 credits)*
The 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.
MBA 506: Economics and Finance (3 credits)*
The 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.
MBA 510: Managerial Accounting OR MBA 555, MBA 565, MBA 575, MBA 640**
This 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.
MBA 518: Corporate Communication
Examines nature of communication in the corporate and organizational context and how the corporation communicates with its various publics. Analyzes organizational communication (internal and external) before, during, and post-change, such as during growth, collapse, and merger. Case studies may include: corporations (for profit and not-for-profit); schools and/or educational establishments; law enforcement and justice systems; churches and/or religious systems; health institutions; military organizations; government associations.
MBA 520: Marketing Services
This 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.
MBA 610: Legal Environment
This 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.
MBA 620: Managerial Economics
This 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. Prerequisite: MBA 600-Quantitative Methods.
MBA 630: Management Finance (Prerequisite: MBA 620)
This 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.
MBA 675: Strategic Formulation and Implementation ~ taken in the final 12 credits
This 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. (To be taken with the final 12 credits.)

*May be waived by MBA Admissions Committee based on graduate program policies.
**Course selected may not also count as the student’s required elective

Select One Elective (3 credits):

MBA 540: Labor and Employment Law
This course offers a comprehensive review of labor relations and employment law. The course opens with a survey of the early doctrines through current applications of labor relations including pertinent statutes that govern the relations between labor and management in union and non union environments. The course also explores employment law with respect to protections against all forms of discrimination as well as privacy and wage laws. Case law where legal principles have been charged by the courts is reviewed and current issues are interwoven throughout the course.
MBA 555: Forensic Accounting
This 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.
MBA 560: Human Resource Management for Leaders
This 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.
MBA 565: Corporate Partnership and Estate Tax
Covers 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.
MBA 570: Strategic Marketing Research
This course provides the skills for scientific problem analysis and the development of appropriate research methodology to support effective decision-making for marketing professionals. Topics include the selection and application of quantitative, qualitative or mixed research methods, effective data collection and analysis, as well as the use of the collected data to address strategic marketing problems including market segmentation, sales and market forecasts, and the effective implementation of the elements of the marketing mix.
MBA 575: Investment and Portfolio Management
This 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.
MBA 600: Quantitative Methods
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the use of mathematical and statistical methodology used in managerial decision-making. Topics include linear, integer and dynamic programming, sensitivity analysis and duality, network models, inventory and queuing, and simulation.
MBA 640: Accounting for Government and Not-for-Profit Organizations
This 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.
MBA 650: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
This 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.

Required Capstone Course (3 credits):

MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar ~ taken in the final 12 credits
This 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 will provide students with realistic models of leadership. 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.)


For entrance into the Online MBA program, you’ll need to:

  • Complete an application.
  • Provide proof of a baccalaureate degree and official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Write a one-page personal statement about the value of graduate education for your personal and professional goals.
  • Provide a resume outlining your professional and educational experiences.
  • Provide scores from a graduate entrance exam (optional). Alvernia school code 2431.

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Online MBA tuition is $550 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.

Accelerate Your Career, Online

For those looking to advance their careers, an MBA offers a critical business education. And with the online MBA program at Alvernia University, you’ll find a flexible, convenient program that will give you the foundation you need to succeed. An MBA can help you obtain a promotion or a new job opportunity, in addition to a higher salary. In fact, PayScale reports a median salary of $75,185 for employees with an MBA and five to nine years of experience. That number rises to $98,213 when coupled with 10 to 19 years of experience.

Potential Careers

An MBA can open many doors. Here are some possible opportunities once you earn your degree:

  • Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers Salary:$115,750 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Plan campaigns to generate interest in a product or service.

  • Chief Executive Officers Salary:$168,140 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Oversee company operations and ensure that the organization’s strategic goals are met.

  • Management Consultant Salary: $78,600 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Identify and solve problems that are affecting the performance of a business.

  • Financial Analyst Salary: $76,950 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Assess the importance of a business’ investments and provide guidance toward financial decisions.


acbspAlvernia University’s Business Department programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Alumni Success

“Alvernia gave me the skill set I needed to succeed in the business world. I attribute my accomplishments to my Alvernia experience. The faculty are absolutely amazing; they really had an impact on me.”

Jennifer Krow ‘03, M’11
Senior Financial Analyst
Walt Disney Resort