Bachelor of Arts in Management

General

Program Description

Whether your goal is to launch a small business, manage a retail chain, or lead teams within a multinational Fortune 500 company, St. Ambrose has a program to help you attain your goals.

Our graduates work at Charles Schwab, Enterprise Car Rental, Northwestern Mutual, TAG Communications, and many others.

At A Glance

SAU was ranked 5th in College Consensus' (2018) survey of Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa, and 13th in the category Best Regional Universities-Midwest, based on an average of published rankings and student reviews. Ranked 38th (tie) by U.S. News & World Report (2019) Regional Universities Midwest out of a region of 12 states. The publication gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News' judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Exceptional Business Education
  • Real-World Perspective
  • Opportunities

Our expert faculty give you the education and opportunities to build career-enhancing management credentials, allowing you to achieve your ambition.

St Ambrose University is a recognized College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and educating engaged students.

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What will I learn?

Foundation courses will give you a broad education in accounting, macro- and microeconomics, finance, reasoning, marketing, and business ethics. Specialized courses include management strategies, planning for new ventures, human resources, workplace diversity, and gender, and operations and supply chain management.

Business majors can choose from two concentrations: Entrepreneurship for those interested in launching a business and Operations and Supply Chain Management for those seeking a career in manufacturing and supply.

You can also dual major to deepen your skills and expertise. Our International Business program gives you the skills to succeed in an international environment and our Study Abroad programs broaden your cultural understanding. Read more about Study Abroad below.

Our Management major is offered through the SAU College of Business, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Only about 1,500 U.S. business schools and colleges are accredited.

How can I supplement my education?

The SAU College of Business has a comprehensive internship program to give you quality hands-on, marketable experience. Management students have interned at many regional and national corporations, including the Rock Island Arsenal, MidAmerican Energy, and Deere & Company.

Our students also get to apply their learning to real projects, which allows you to learn from and contribute to, the Quad Cities community.

What are some potential career paths?

Management professionals can enter many career fields, including marketing, financial, travel, banking, entertainment and more. Several of our alumni have joined their family business.

Your skills are also highly valued by companies that focus on retail, hospitality, banking, manufacturing, transportation, and entertainment.

Our alumni speak often about the quality and value of a St. Ambrose education.

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.

What have alumni of this program done?

  • Wes Erickson '12, '14 MOL thought he would head into the armed forces, but instead found his passion in management and marketing. Although he achieved minors in those areas, his knowledge and interests - as well as mentoring by Wes' favorite professors - propelled him toward a master's degree in Organizational Leadership at SAU. As a Project Manager with UnityPoint Health's Enterprise Program Management Office, Wes succeeds at his job with the well-rounded and multi-discipline education he earned at Ambrose.
  • Elijah Grant IV '15 double-majored in management and marketing and now runs his own media firm, Grant Media in Davenport. Knowing how to affect change and inspire people was what Elijah took away from St. Ambrose. "The leadership opportunities on campus made my time at St. Ambrose worthwhile. Being in those leader roles as a student prepared me to lead outside of the classroom and helped me grow as a person.”
Last updated November 2019

About the School

We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. What's more, our spirited community is known for its athletics, special events, and outs ... Read More

We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. What's more, our spirited community is known for its athletics, special events, and outstanding residence halls. Read less