Messiah enters into doctoral pathway partnership with Alvernia

Messiah enters into doctoral pathway partnership with Alvernia

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Messiah and Alvernia universities are excited to partner to provide a doctoral degree pathway for Messiah graduate students who would like to pursue a Ph.D. in leadership at Alvernia. Messiah graduates who are accepted into the program will receive a 10% tuition discount. 

“We are pleased to partner with Alvernia on this initiative as this opens up an intentional pathway for our students to continue in their graduate studies at an institution with commitments to train leaders who will address the needs of our communities in Pennsylvania and beyond,” said Rob Pepper, Messiah University executive director of university partnerships and assistant to the president. “In particular, the opportunity for our graduates to select additional electives in one of Alvernia’s three concentrations (corporate leadership, educational leadership or community leadership) is attractive as our graduates are serving in leadership roles in all three of these arenas. “

Messiah graduates of the Master of Arts in strategic leadership, Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in higher education programs are eligible for the doctoral pathway program as long as Alvernia University Ph.D. admissions requirements are met. Once admitted to the Ph.D. program, Alvernia will award a 10% tuition discount annually to Messiah graduates. Recipients of the tuition discount must enroll in at least six program credits per semester and be in good academic standing. Dependent upon the courses completed by the Messiah graduate, Alvernia may waive up to two required courses in the prescribed curriculum and replace these two requirements with up to two elective courses (aside from the core Research Methods courses).

“Creating a strong regional partnership with Messiah University is an exciting opportunity for us to work with a like-minded university to develop ethical leaders with moral courage,” said Alvernia University dean of the College of Business, Communication, and Leadership, Dr. Travis Berger. “This partnership opens the doors for Messiah’s graduate students to enter our award-winning Doctor of Leadership program in a focused, affordable and flexible manner that will allow them to earn their doctorate in less than four years.

About Messiah University
Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences that enrolls nearly 3,400 undergraduate, adult degree program and graduate students.

About Alvernia University
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.