Graduate Admissions

Amplify your impact

Challenging, Accredited, Convenient

Be a leader in your field. Boldly pursue a better world. Build better health in individuals, teams, and communities. Make your impact.

At St. Ambrose, you'll grow your knowledge in the classroom and through real-world learning experiences. We develop visionary leaders and change-makers who achieve – and exceed – their goals.

Choose from 14 master's programs and 3 doctoral degree programs and visit each program's website for specific admission information.

Online Programs Available

Complete your education on your own terms, on-campus, 100% online, or whatever format works for you. Attend classes full- or part-time. Or, accelerate your studies. Some of our degree programs can be completed in as little as one year.

Learn more about our three, fully online degree programs. Or, SEE ALL GRADUATE PROGRAMS

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Above National Norms


of our occupational therapy graduates pass their board exam

For several consecutive years, 100% of our Occupational Therapy graduates passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy on their first try. The national pass percentage is 73% (2019 data).

OT Outcomes

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Veterans, families, & servicemembers

Have a military connection? You have our full attention.

Veteran Services

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Graduate Student Visits


When you visit SAU, you'll learn more about us and we'll learn more about you, too.

  • Meet the faculty who will guide your education and elevate your goals.
  • Talk to graduate students about their experiences and depth of education.
  • Learn more about the resources and support we'll provide to help you achieve.

Schedule a Graduate Student Visit

Master and Doctoral Degrees

Impact the World

Build health in individuals and communities

Pursue a higher level of excellence

Advocate for change

Lead by example

Develop the future

Serve your community, church, and work for social justice

See research from the 2020 Graduate Scholars Conference

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Imagine the Possibilities

Earn your graduate degree in one year

Whether or not you have credits to transfer, some of our programs can be completed in just one year.

See each program's websites for important application requirements and timelines.

See all graduate programs

Graduate Housing Available

We offer annual, semester, and month-to-month housing for graduate students.

See the Housing Options page for more information.

Graduate Financial Aid

There are several options to help pay for your graduate education. Let's run through them.


Graduate students can be eligible for scholarships, and many of our programs do offer a limited number.

Three of our programs – Occupational Therapy, Master of Social Work, and Doctor of Physical Therapy – award a limited number of one-time fellowships upon enrollment.

Information about graduate scholarships and fellowships, if available, can be found on the website of the program in which you are interested.

Tuition Payment Plans

Payment plan and Employer Reimbursement Deferment forms must be completed each semester.

After charges are generated, you may pay your bill in full (less any loans, grants, or other financial aid) with electronic check or credit card through the SAU online payment system. The online payment system can be accessed through your Beeline account. All credit card payments must be made through the SAU online payment system and are assessed a fee.


Did you serve in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces? Or, are you currently serving? If so, contact our veteran benefits expert, Natalie Woodhurst. She leads the SAU Veterans Recruitment & Services office, and will help you figure out if and what education benefits you have available, and how to best use those to get a St. Ambrose education.


Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct Plus Loans, and private educational loans are available for students enrolled at least half-time.

Federal Direct Loans: These are federally guaranteed, unsubsidized loans. A graduate level student may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year. Interests accrues while you are in school, and you have the option to pay this interest or to have it capitalized. The current interest rate on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan is 5.31% with an origination fee of 1.069%.

To qualify for this loan, you must file a FAFSA. This is a non-need-based loan, and the majority of students are eligible for this loan.

As a first time borrower, you have to complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. Visit and sign in to complete the process.

Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan: This loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.31% with an origination fee of 4.273%. You must file a FAFSA and borrow the maximum amount of loan through the Direct Loan program before you will be eligible for a Grad Plus. This loan is also based on your credit history, so it is possible that you may be required to have a co-borrower.

The maximum you can borrow in this program is the cost of attendance minus other financial aid you have received. If you are unsure of the amount you are eligible for, contact our office for help.

You can defer payment on this loan while you are enrolled at least half-time (4.5 credit hours in the fall and spring semester, and 3 hours in the summer). Interest accrues during deferment and there is no grace period for repayment. You immediately begin payment when you drop below half-time enrollment, graduate, or withdraw from school.

To apply for a Federal Grad Plus Loan you will need to sign in and complete the PLUS Request Process at If approved, you will need to complete a Grad PLUS Master Promissory Note AND Grad PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling at


We offer a number of assistantships that can reduce your total tuition cost and some even provide a stipend.

These are not TA positions. Instead, you work side-by-side with faculty and get to use and grow your knowledge by assisting them with research and other projects. Or, by helping coach, promote, or train student athletes. Or, by working with departmental staff.

Most graduate assistantships require 10 - 20 hours per week. Click here to see your opportunities, or contact us directly and we will tell you more.

And, many of our graduate programs offer scholarships. 


Graduate Admissions
Admissions and Welcome Center
310 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.