Graduate Admissions

Challenging, Accredited, and Convenient

St. Ambrose University offers numerous accredited graduate programs: 14 master's programs and 3 doctoral degree programs.

Three of our master's degrees can be earned mostly or completely online, with others including a mix of online and in-person classes. You can also choose between attending part-time and full-time for several of our programs.

Start your graduate degree today. Apply now!

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 85% (2016 data).

First and Best


MSITM in the Midwest

Offering the very first MS in Information Technology Management program in the Midwest, St. Ambrose prepares IT professionals to advance into corporate management and business professionals looking to move into IT.

Learn about MSITM

students in a graduate class

Graduate Student Visits


We have excellent graduate programs and will introduce you to our faculty, programs and the many opportunities you'll have at St. Ambrose University.

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Master and Doctoral Degrees

What impact will you make?

Work in healthcare

Enhance business knowledge

Become an advocate for change

Develop your leadership skills

Delve into education administration and leadership

Serve your community, church, and work for social justice


Waste No Time

Earn your graduate degree in one year

Transferring credits is the easiest way to get done faster, but if you're starting from scratch we also have some programs you can tackle in one year.

See the program-specific websites and fact sheets for important application requirements and timelines.

See all graduate programs

Congratulations on your decision to apply to St. Ambrose University!

Pursuing a graduate degree provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and it positions you as a leader in your field. Review the graduate admissions process and use the helpful resources below.

Admissions Timeline

Deadlines, as a well as requirements, are program-specific and vary accordingly. Contact your graduate program of interest to be sure you meet all requirements on time.

Graduate Housing

At St. Ambrose, we offer flexible annual, semester, and month-to-month housing options. Our graduate students most often reside in McCarthy Hall, SAU-owned houses, or off-campus properties. Contact 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. Here are links to each program.


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. 

Admissions Process

Get started today

Pursuing a graduate degree provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and positions you as a leader in your field.

Review the graduate admissions process below.

1. Application

1.  Complete the online Graduate Admission Application.

Note: Applicants for Occupational Therapy (, Physician Assistant (, Physical Therapy (, and Speech-Language Pathology ( should not use this application, but should use their respective centralized application service.  

2. Transcript

Submit official grade transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. These transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to St. Ambrose University.

SAU Graduate Admissions 
518 W. Locust St. 
Davenport, Iowa  52803

3. Personal Info

If you are required to submit a personal goals statement, test scores or references, send these directly to St. Ambrose University.

SAU Graduate Admissions 
518 W. Locust St. 
Davenport, Iowa 52803


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? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!