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 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 that includes the study of management, accounting, finance, marketing, business law, human resources, and business ethics. You may also choose business electives and one of three concentrations 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 Academic and Career Planning 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.     
Adult Accelerated Tuition and Aid

Rates are effective Summer through Spring.

2021-22 Tuition

  • $486/credit hour accelerated courses
  • $486/credit hour/100% online programs*

*This rate does not apply to students taking a mixture of seated and online classes.

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 ($6,800). Most grant, loan, and scholarship programs require you to maintain a minimum number of credit hours per semester. Here is a sample of the minimum credit hours required:

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

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


James Bang, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Liquan Wang, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration

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

View courses and descriptions in the online course catalog

All courses below are 3 credit hours each.

ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
WI-Written Business Communication
INTL 221 Introduction to International Business or INTL 372 Managing Across Cultures
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 305 Business Ethics
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business or MATH 191 Calculus & Analytic Geometry
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics
Plus 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

Concentration in Accounting Management

To add a concentration in Accounting Management to your bachelor's degree, you must complete the following classes in addition to the BBA. All courses are three credits each.

  • ACMT 301 Accounting Systems Management I

  • ACMT 302 Accounting Systems Management II

  • ACMT 303 Cost Accounting Management

  • ACCT 304 Financial Reporting and Technology

  • ACMT 305/ACCT 314 Internal Auditing
Concentration in Cybersecurity Management

To add a concentration in Cybersecurity Management to your bachelor's degree, you must complete the following classes in addition to the BBA. All courses are three credits each.

  • CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
  • CSCI 250 Intro to Cybersecurity
  • CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communication
  • CSCI 315 Cybersecurity Management
  • CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
Concentration in Human Resources Management

Coupled with the BBA degree, a concentration in HR Management will equip you with a set of management skills and knowledge specifically related to human resources:

  • compensation and benefits
  • dexterity when dealing with change
  • job analysis and design
  • performance management
  • workplace health, safety, and security
  • and many others.

Concentration Requirements

To add a concentration in Human Resources Management to your bachelor's degree, you must complete the following classes in addition to the BBA. All courses are three credits each.

WI-MGMT 325 Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 340 Employment Law
MGMT 410 People Analytics
MGMT 440 Strategic HR Capstone

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