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Why St. Ambrose?

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The St. Ambrose community is warm and caring where all students feel welcome and are comfortable learning.

St. Ambrose faculty members understand their graduate students may have family and professional commitments. They make accommodations when professional realities – such as part-time students' business travel – require flexibility. Professors work to provide adequate feedback on your work, give you ways to get a better grasp on challenging material, and constantly relate real-world examples with theory.

If you're willing to make the investment in yourself to grow in measurable ways, St. Ambrose supplies the support you need for a significant return on that investment.


Great values

Our mission and principles are guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing professionalism with integrity. Employers value our graduates' win-win attitude, teamwork, leadership, service-orientation and well-rounded personality.


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In many programs, practical and experiential learning is interwoven with coursework, which enhances your ability to apply knowledge as you learn:

  • Although the faculty's primary commitment is to teaching, you'll have opportunities to work with them on research, including projects with local organizations. For example, Professor Terry Schlabach takes her Occupational Therapy students to her private practice to work with pediatric patients.
  • St. Ambrose's size and residential programs support cohort learning. Research demonstrates that this model, which allows you to learn with the same small group of students, is best for building relationships with professors and fellow students. This kind of community provides a natural base for future networking.


Our doors are always open

Our faculty members are here for you: "My teachers have an open door policy. I can walk down the hallway to their offices if I have any questions about the class. Even though these are busy people, still working in the field and getting published, they take the time to listen. When I first moved here, I got advice about where to look for an apartment." Nicole Mann '09, Master of Social Work


What you see is what you get

Financing your education is transparent, and costs for all our graduate programs are listed on one page.


Welcome to the neighborhood

"The Quad Cities has the attributes of a large city, but in a smaller environment. I'm from a small town, so coming here was an easy transition. The cost of living is low and between the bike trails, baseball games, festivals and museums, I'm always busy." Brandon Oldaker '08, Master of Accounting



The mission of graduate education at St. Ambrose University is to foster the growth of a community of learners who contribute to the advancement of knowledge and professional practices.