Earn Your Management Degree Online

Whether you live near or far, you can earn a management degree online from St. Ambrose University.

Our online program covers all the essential topics and skills you need to excel in any management position, from communication to problem-solving. You will also enjoy a dynamic and interactive learning experience, with plenty of opportunities to practice your skills in realistic situations.

Graduates of this program earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management.

Don't let your location or schedule stop you from achieving your career goals. Join our online management program today and get ready to take your career to the next level.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Adaptive: We embrace innovation and fresh curricular approaches.
  • Accessible: We engage students, offering one-on-one, approachable, flexible support.
  • Affordable: We offer the power and life-long benefits of an Ambrose education to all learners.
  • Active: We commit to growing future leaders that are well-informed, well-rounded, and ready to commit to their workplace and community.
  • Anchored: We provide a specialized education that prepares principle-centered leaders and ethical decision-makers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect to Learn?

The program prepares individuals in creative problem solving, inquiry and analysis, and leadership and teamwork. You will be expected to read, watch, review, discuss, and critically apply coursework to real-world practice, including analysis of books, articles, case studies, and projects. The SAU College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Only about 1,500 U.S. business schools and colleges are accredited.

Adult Accelerated and Online Tuition

2023-2024 Academic Year: $515/credit hour (accelerated and online)

Fees Per Semester
12 or more credit hours = $140 ($280/year)
11 or fewer credit hours = $70 ($140/year)
Matriculation = $100

State and Federal Grants

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. FAFSA deadline is July 1.
Award: $7,500

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,895 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Loans - For Students and Parents

Federal Student Loans
All students filing a FAFSA are eligible for federal loans.
The SAU Financial Aid Office determines which types of federal loans you are eligible for, and the loans will be listed on your official award letter.

Federal Direct Loans
These are federally guaranteed loans. There are two types of Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Learn more about these loan types on the federal Student Aid website.

  • A subsidized loan is based on financial need; the government waives the interest accrual while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment on a subsidized loan does not start until 6 months after the student drops below half-time enrollment, graduates, or withdraws.

  • An unsubsidized loan is not based on financial need, and there is no interest payment deferment.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
This loan is for parents who want to finance their student's remaining balance and expenses. This is a credit-based loan with a fixed interest rate (see the table below). Parents are responsible for the full payment or interest-only payments while their student is enrolled. The loan cannot exceed the cost of attendance that remains once all other institutional and federal aid has been applied.

Loan Type Borrower Starting July 1 Each Year
Direct Subsidized Undergraduate fixed 3.73%
Direct Unsubsidized Graduate and Undergraduate fixed 3.73% (undergraduate); fixed 5.28% (graduate)
Direct PLUS Graduate or Parents fixed 6.28% 

For information on interest rates visit the Federal Direct Loan website.

How long will it take me to complete this degree?

If you are enrolled full-time and are completely finished with other degree requirements (i.e. only needs management coursework), then you can finish in four semesters. Additional time may be required if you need additional coursework to fulfill elective credits or general education credits. The total number of credits St. Ambrose University requires to graduate with an undergraduate degree is 120.

How long are the courses?

All online Business courses will be 8 weeks.

What do Management graduates do?

SAU graduates find jobs. A recent survey of SAU College of Business graduates found 97% were employed full- or part-time, in graduate school, continuing their education, or weren't seeking employment at the time. Management professionals can dive into a variety of career fields including marketing, financial, travel, banking, entertainment, and more. Your skills also are highly valued by companies that focus on retail, hospitality, banking, manufacturing, transportation, and entertainment.

What kind of students are successful in an online program?

Here are some things to consider. Ask yourself if the following statements which are shown to support success, describe you.

  • I have a working computer with consistent internet access.
  • I am self-motivated and am a good time manager.  I read my syllabus and assignment instructions early and often. I don't need reminders about what I need to do and when.  I like to be prepared and get things done ahead of time. I don't have problems with procrastination.  
  • I would describe my reading skills as above average.  I don't mind the challenge of reading new material, even if I have to look up what words mean.  I know how to figure out the meaning of what I am reading without help.
  • I try to figure things out for myself, using the information and resources I have available before asking for help.
  • I express myself well in formal writing.  I can follow writing instructions and follow formatting guidelines easily.  I consider myself a good writer.
  • I am good at using technology, including proficiency in finding information on the internet and communicating with others electronically.  I know how to troubleshoot any issues that my computer has.
  • I am persistent, even when tasks are hard and content isn't very interesting.  When I start something, I finish it, even when others don't.
  • I understand information best by reading it.  I prefer reading information myself rather than hearing someone talk about it or trying it to figure it out without instructions.
  • I have no problem focusing on what I need to do, even with minimal interaction with others.  I can turn off distractions and concentrate on my work without much difficulty.
When are courses offered?
Course Number Course Type Course Name When is it offered?
ACCT 201 Business core Financial Accounting Fall, session 1
ACCT 202 Business core Managerial Accounting Fall, session 2
BUS 201 Business core Legal Environment of Business Spring, session 1
ECON 201 Business core Principles of Macroeconomics Spring, session 1
ECON 202 Business core Principles of Microeconomics Fall, session 2

FNCE 300

Business core Principles of Finance Fall & Spring, session 2
STBE 137 Business core Quantitative Reasoning in Business Fall & Spring, session 1
STBE 237 Business core Statistics for Business and Economics Fall & Spring, session 2
MGMT 210 Business core Principles of Management Fall & Spring, session 1
MKTG 209 Business core Principles of Marketing Fall
PHIL 305 Business core Business Ethics Fall & Spring, session 1
MGMT 449 Business core Strategic Management & Policy Fall & Spring, session 2
MGMT 233 Major core Operations and Supply Chain Management Spring, session 1
MGMT 320 Major core Human Resources Management Fall, session 1
MGMT 332 Major core Organization Theory and Behavior Fall, session 2
MGMT 336 Elective Conflict Management and Negotiation Fall or Spring
MGMT 337 Elective Business Analytics Various/Winterim
MGMT 399 Elective Special Topics Various
HRM 340 Elective; HRM certificate HRM Law Fall session 1
HRM 410 Elective; HRM certificate People Analytics Spring session 1
GRM 440 Elective; HRM certificate HRM Strategy Spring session 2

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