Master of Business Administration

Whether you want to run the company, launch a new career, or earn the degree that will get you a promotion, St. Ambrose University's MBA program can prepare you to be an innovative business leader who motivates and inspires others and surpasses all professional goals.

Our graduates work at Deere & Company, Alliant Energy, MCI, Cargill, and UPS. 

Ambrose Advantages

  • Relevant Focus, Valuable Lessons
  • Flexible and Individualized Program
  • Fully Accredited Degree
  • Online and Seated Classes

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MBA Students

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Bring your ambition to St. Ambrose University, and we'll provide a more personal learning experience to help you succeed. Our attentive MBA faculty integrate current trends and real-world best practices. You gain leadership, project, and planning skills to help you leverage your strengths and broaden your horizons.

See our MBA Fact Sheet (pdf)

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The St. Ambrose H.L. McLaughlin MBA program is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

More Information on the MBA Program

Master of Business Administration (39 credits)

The basic 39-credit MBA program is comprised of 13 courses. All courses are three credit hours.

Additionally, students may opt to earn one of four specialized MBA concentrations. Each concentration requires four elective courses.

Program options include a part-time or one-year schedule.


MBA 600 Data Analysis for Decision Making
MBA 606 Accounting for Managers
MBA 615 Ethical and Social Responsibility of Business
MBA 621 Human Behavior in Organizations
MBA 626 Managerial Economics
MBA 670 Operations Management
MBA 675 Financial Management
MBA 680 Marketing Management
MBA 690 Leadership Through People Skills
MBA 800 Strategic Management
3 Electives OR a Concentration

Click here to read course descriptions in the online course catalog


Concentration Concept

Concentrations in Leadership, International Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing Management have been developed for students who wish to focus their studies in a specific discipline.

Students electing this concept will take four concentration courses in addition to the core curriculum requirements. Concentrations provide even greater focus to your studies and add relevance to your degree.

MOL 501 Leadership Theory
MOL 529 Conflict Management
MOL 540 Leadership Communication
MOL 625 Leading Organizational Change

International Management
MBA 730 International Management Environment
MBA 731 Managing Across Cultures
MBA 732 International Political Economy
MBA 733 International Strategy

Human Resources Management (take any four)
MBA 721 Labor Management Partnerships
MBA 760 Strategic Staffing and Career Management
MBA 761 Compensation and Benefits Management
MBA 762 Training and Development
MBA 763 Contemporary Employee Relations and Dispute Resolution
MBA 764 Conflict and Negotiation
MBA 765 Performance Management Systems

Marketing Management
MBA 772 Advanced Marketing Research
MBA 773 Marketing Strategy
MBA 774 Consumer Behavior
Plus one of these electives: MBA 734 International Marketing, MBA 771 Ethical Issues in Marketing, MBA 775 Marketing Case Analysis, or MBA 766 Advertising

Click here to read course descriptions in the online course catalog


We are the only university in Iowa offering a three-year Master of Social Work-Master of Business Administration program (both programs are accredited). It pairs management together with empowerment so that you are uniquely poised to explore and tackle social issues using ethical business sense.

It's a great degree for students who want to be leaders in the field of social work and non-profits. Graduates are able to move agencies and corporations forward in an ever-changing market.

Click here for MSW-MBA degree requirements

Here is what our first MSW-MBA graduate says about the benefits of her dual degree.

What can you tell me about the success of the program?

Our Master of Business Administration program was launched in 1977, and it was the first College of Business graduate program offered at St. Ambrose University.

In 1984, the program was officially named the H.L. McLaughlin MBA program after a prominent area businessman. Many business and management practices have changed in the past 40 years, and our program continues to evolve to meet the needs of business professionals.

Do we provide a relevant education? We surveyed our MBA graduates in 2015 and:

  • 100% reported the MBA program met or exceeded their expectations.
  • 9 out of 10 ranked leadership skill development among the program's greatest strengths.
  • 94% would choose the SAU MBA again.
  • 9 out of 10 graduates said classwork was relevant and applicable to their job and career.

We are proud to offer a MBA program taught by PhDs with deep experience in their speciality. They are academics and business professionals. 

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Gayle Roberts '91 MBA is President of Stanley Consultants, a Muscatine, Iowa-based firm that provides engineering services across the globe.
  • Joe Bailey '12, '14 MBA, is the Senior Learning Consultant for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Eva Dondanville '11 MBA, is a Realtor with Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors in Dubuque, Iowa.     
  • Joe Conklin '12 MBA is the Athletic Director for Alleman High School, Davenport.
  • Collin Grady '16 MBA is a Field Supervisor for Northwest Mechanical, Davenport.
How much does this program cost?

Your graduate education is an investment in you, your career, and your future.

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $880/credit hour, and there are some fees, too (see below).

While the cost can seem daunting, the MBA program offers research assistantships that can defray some of the expense. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement, and if so, you may qualify for deferred payment.

MBA students may be eligible for federal and state student aid, or low-interest federal loans. Our Financial Aid office can provide more information.

And if you are a veteran, contact Natalie Woodhurst. She is an expert in military benefits, and her job is to make sure veterans get the benefits for which they are eligible. 


St. Ambrose University sets rates for tuition and fees each fall. Tuition, fees, room and board are due each semester before students attend class, unless payment arrangements are made with the Student Account Services Office.

All students attending St. Ambrose University will be assessed a technology fee based upon courseload. Some courses carry additional fees.

2018-19 Fees

Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
Online course fee $60/credit hour
Matriculation $75 (undergraduate only)

Ready to Apply?

Take the next step toward earning your master's degree and apply to the Master of Business Administration program.

Mark Digney '10 MBA

Mark researched the MBA program and consulted with one of his undergraduate professors at St. Ambrose. He was told, "No matter what you do, the MBA will make you better. It will open a door you can’t even see." He enrolled.

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Michele Leonard, Program Coordinator

Master of Business Administration
North Davenport Education Center
1950 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Become an Ambrosian today!