Business Administration

Whether you want to launch a new career or move up the ladder in the company where you now work, our Bachelor of Business Administration degree can help you reach – and exceed – your goals.

This concentrated program is designed for adults who've already earned some college credit and are ready to complete their degree. You get 8-week courses, discounted tuition, and will learn and be guided by expert business faculty. This program also is offered 100% online.

Our graduates work for the Army Contracting Command at the Rock Island Arsenal, Genesis Health Foundation, Scott Community College, and more.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Accredited Business Degree
  • Complete Your Degree Faster & Reduced Tuition
  • You Pick: Evening, Weekend, Online or Hybrid Classes

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Our discussion-driven, adult learning environment develops business and communication skills you can directly apply to your job. You will be comfortable, challenged and grow while collaborating with peers and faculty who really care. Yes, at SAU you can finish your bachelor's degree in a supportive and accommodating environment.

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What will I learn?

You will get a comprehensive business education. You'll study management, accounting, finance, marketing, business law, human resources, and business ethics. You may also choose business electives tailored to meet your career goals and needs.

Our small classes allow you to work closely with faculty, and you learn from each other. Course projects allow you to collaborate with professionals from leading regional and international firms, such as Arconic, Genesis, HON Industries, and Deere & Company. With a SAU education, you get the skills to advance in business and industry, and grow personally, too. 

Where will I take classes?

Whether you work full-time or part-time, this program fits your schedule. Our eight-week courses are held once a week in the evening or on Saturday in Davenport; our hybrid courses are a mix of online and in-seat classroom lessons; you can take a course fully online; or attend traditional morning or afternoon classes on campus, too.

You pick the learning environment that works best for you. 

Credit for Life Experiences? You bet!

Working adults bring a wealth of professional and personal life experiences into our classrooms. We value that experience and want to give credit where credit is due.

Through our Prior Learning Assessment Program, you can earn credit for your work and life experience. Military and LOMA courses may also be applied to help earn your degree faster. Contact an academic advisor to find out how your experiences and accomplishments can help you earn your degree faster.

If you've already completed some undergraduate coursework, or earned an associates degree, we give you credit for that, too. SAU accepts up to 90 credit hours from four-year colleges and universities, and up to 60 credit hours from two-year or community colleges. The total number of combined credits St. Ambrose will accept is 90 credit hours.

In order to complete the application process, request official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to SAU.

For more information, contact Jeff Karll, at 563-333-5709 or email

How does SAU support the educational goals of the working adult?

   When you enroll at SAU, you join a community of active learners, people of all ages, backgrounds and goals. We support all of our students through focused resources and facilities, including:

  • Our main campus is centrally located in Davenport, near the north-south corridor of Brady Street and the east-west corridor of Locust Street.
  • Our faculty are not only experts, they are supportive and willing to meet with you and help. Just ask.
  • You get wireless internet throughout the main campus and in off-campus buildings, too.
  • Our Career Center staff will help you create a resume, do mock interviews, and give you access to a wealth of resources to help with a career search.
  • We have an amazing library. Check out the books you need for a project, or take advantage of online access (on or off campus) to hundreds of academic journals, articles and newspapers. Our resource librarians like to be asked for help, and are happy give you a lesson on how to access the online databases. Need to study in quiet or with classmates? Our library has individual and group student rooms.
  • Our Student Success Center provides free tutoring, paper and project review and guidance, and more. No need to call. Sign up for a one-on-one session online.     
Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

2018-19 Tuition

We want to help you finish your degree, so we offer adults in our accelerated program reduced tuition. Enroll as a part-time student, and you save more than $1,000 for every 3-credit course!

Online: $450/credit hour (1-11 credits)
Seated: $563/credit hour*

Financial Aid

Once you are admitted to St. Ambrose (fully or conditionally) you are eligible for federal and state grants and student loans. You need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will ask for the SAU Federal School Code, which is 001889.

Iowa residents must file by July 1 to be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant. Most grant, loan, and scholarship programs require you to maintain a minimum number of credit hours per semester. Here is a sampling of the minimum credit hours required:

  • Pell Grant - 1
  • Iowa Tuition Grant - 3
  • Federal Loans - 6
  • SAU academic scholarship - 12

Many of our adult students are working professionals whose educational goals are supported by their employers. Find out if your company offers tuition reimbursement or other incentives, and let us know. We can defer your tuition payment until you are reimbursed. We also have agreements with several regional companies and give their employees discounted tuition. Those companies include:

  • Genesis
  • Trinity
  • Deere & Company
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Mid-American Energy
  • TAS Group

*Students attending seated courses will incur an additional $60 per credit hour fee for online classes.

Degree Requirements

For students who have NOT completed an associate's degree, the following courses are required toward the BBA degree.

All courses below are 3 credit hours each.

Accounting Principles I
Accounting Principles II
Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
WI-Written Business Communication
Survey of International Business or Managing Across Cultures
Principles of Finance
Quantitative Reasoning in Business
WI-Principles of Management
Human Resource Management
Organizational Theory and Behavior
WI-Strategic Management and Policy
Principles of Marketing
Business Ethics
Statistics for Business and Economics
Three approved business electives

General Education Requirements

Written Communication - 3 credit hours
One oral communication course which includes public speaking as major component - 3
Quantitative Reasoning in Business - 3
Information Literacy - 1
One multicultural course selected from any approved foreign language, international studies or multicultural course - 3
Wellness Concepts - 1
One kinesiology course - 1-2
One theology course - 3
One philosophy course - 3
Two courses from theology, philosophy or Catholic studies (one at 300 level) - 6
Two humanities courses (other than philosophy or theology) - 6
One art, music, or theatre course - 2-3
One social science course - 3
One natural science course - 3

WI=writing intensive course

Plan of Study

In order to follow this Plan of Study, students must have attained an AA/AS degree that included business courses. Talk to an advisor for details.


ENGL 315: Written Business Communications
COMM 327: Organizational Communication (or elective)
International studies, foreign language, or multicultural course
KIN 149: Wellness Concepts


MKTG 209: Principles of Marketing
STBE 237: Statistics for Business and Economics
MGMT 320: Human Resource Management


MGMT 210: Principles of Management
MGMT 332: Organizational Theory, Communications and Behavior
Theology general education course
KIN 206: First Aid/CPR (or activity elective)


INTL 372: Managing Across Cultures
PHIL 305: Business Ethics
FNCE 300: Principles of Finance


MGMT 325: Leadership in Organizations (or business elective)
MGMT 399: Management Topics course (or business elective)
STBE 333: Operations Management (or business elective)


MGMT 449: Strategic Management and Theory
INTL 400: International Experiential Portfolio
Two Electives

Katie Zorn

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, International Business, and Theology,Cost Accountant at HNI Corporation in Cedartown, Georgia,Class of 2015

When Katie talks about her Ambrosian experience she describes a community that values academics, professionalism, spiritual life, and personal growth. With us, you will get an education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and so many opportunities to discover your path in life.

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