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What's a Cohort?

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At St. Ambrose, we want to provide you with the ultimate opportunity for collaboration and support from your professors and your classmates. That's why your St. Ambrose experience will be centered around a cohort of students.

Rather than working through your program of study as an individual, you will progress through the courses and curriculum with a core group of students. This allows you to build relationships and a network with fellow graduate students while offering the opportunity to easily integrate your knowledge from one course to another through both formal and informal discussion with your peers.

It is because of this approach to graduate education that we hear time and time again that our students are benefiting tremendously from the networking, and in many cases, friendships that develop from this unique educational arrangement.

Currently, several programs offer cohort experiences: Master of Business Administration (some site locations), Master of Education in Educational AdministrationDoctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Speech-Language Pathology, and the Master of Organizational Leadership (Cedar Rapids).

You’re not alone

"My cohort keeps me motivated. We email each other and have study groups. Most of the students in my class have families and work full-time, so it's important to have other people who understand your situation and create your own community. Getting a degree is not a solitary endeavor." Debra Morse '09, Genesis nurse, Master of Science in Nursing Administration