MBA Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, follow these simple steps:

  • Complete an online application for admission to Graduate Studies.
  • Submit official grade transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
  • Send a completed professional portfolio that includes:
    • Your résumé.
    • A 1-2 page essay discussing the professional skills you have developed to-date; how you hope to expand on your skills and abilities while in the MBA program; your short- and long-term life and career goals; and how you hope the MBA degree will assist you in achieving your goals.
  • Solicit two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the College of Business office by the persons writing the letters. Applicants should seek letters from individuals who can attest to the candidate's ability to succeed in graduate school. There is no pre-set format for these letters. The writers should include a discussion as to why he/she feels the candidate has the capabilities to be successful in the MBA program.
  • Submit an official score from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). GMAT scores older than five years are not accepted. If you haven't taken the GMAT, you may qualify for Conditional Admission.
  • International Students whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate experiences were not in English, must submit an official TOEFL score. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) is required for admission.

Additional Information

Conditional Admission

If you haven't taken the GMAT, you may apply for Conditional Admission.

After we receive your online application and undergraduate transcript (you may email the transcript for faster processing), you will be admitted into the MBA program on a conditional basis.

What happens after I am conditionally admitted?

  • Submit your résumé, recommendation letters, and goals statement.
  • An MBA advisor helps you register for classes. All of these credits will be applied toward your degree upon full acceptance.
  • Before beginning your second semester of classes, take the GMAT.
  • Upon completion of the test, you will be fully admitted into the MBA.
GMAT Information

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment-delivered in English-that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

What the GMAT® Measures

The GMAT® exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work. It does NOT measure: your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities-such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

Analytical Writing Assessment

The GMAT® exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks-Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.

Quantitative Section

Following an optional ten-minute break, you begin the Quantitative Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types-Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You will be allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

Verbal Section

After a second optional ten-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types-Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

Testing Availability

The GMAT is available year-round and on demand, which offers greater flexibility in scheduling. The majority of test centers are open in the morning and late afternoon; however, available slots change on a continual basis, based upon capacity and ongoing registration. Availability can be found through your specific testing center.

Study aids are available through GMAT; for a complete listing of study aids,  go to

The current fee is $250; since this is subject change, please check with the testing center.

Test Centers

Pearson Professional Center
Northwest Bank and Trust Company
100 East Kimberly Road, Suite 401
Davenport, IA 52806

Pearson Professional Center
327 2nd Street, Suite 370
Coralville, IA 52241

Pearson Professional Centers
3737 Woodland Ave, Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA 50266 

To register go to:

Transfer to SAU

Up to nine semester credits of sufficiently similar courses may be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. The credit hours for a course transferred may not completely satisfy the required material necessary to receive three credit hours. In these cases, the student may be required to take additional hours to reach the equivalent of three credit hours for the course.

Transfer credit can be considered only if the conditions below have been met.

SAU receives an official transcript that shows:

  • the course being considered for transfer credit is a graduate course or its equivalent as accredited by the American Council on Education;
  • the student received a grade of B or better;
  • the course was completed within five (5) years from the student's acceptance into the program; and
  • a syllabus of the course to be transferred must be provided along with a detailed description of the course.

The MBA Director will review the request with faculty of the course for which transfer credit is being sought. Together they will make the decision if the transfer is to be allowed. The student will be notified and the transfer credit will be recorded in the student's permanent file.

The grades for transfer credits do not appear on the student's transcript and are not included in the MBA grade point average.

Only under extraordinary circumstances are students allowed to take courses elsewhere when enrolled in the St. Ambrose University MBA Program. These instances almost invariably involve job-related transfers out of the city with a maximum of nine semester credit hours allowed. These transfers must be approved in advance by the MBA Director.


Michele Leonard, Program Coordinator

MBA Program
North Davenport Education Center
1950 E. 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

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