At SAU, we believe effective leadership must be synonymous with ethical leadership. Our Management program prepares you to launch a small business, manage a retail chain, or guide teams within a multinational Fortune 500 company. Through rigorous academics, internships, and faculty who support and elevate your goals, you can become a leader who sets the example others will follow.

This degree can be earned 100% online. Talk to your academic advisor about this option.

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

Ambrose Advantages

  • Faculty With Real-World Experience
  • Established Internship Program
  • Excellent Job Placement

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You can be a leader who gets results, and we'll challenge your skills to get you there. Our faculty have deep experience and expertise in management and use it to guide you to do more and achieve more, today and every day in the future. At SAU, we educate confident, ethical, and world-shaping leaders.

See our fact sheet on the management program (pdf)

More Information on the Management Program

What will I learn?

Management majors need a strong foundation in accounting, macro- and microeconomics, finance, reasoning, marketing, and business ethics. Specialized courses include management strategies, new venture planning, human resources, workplace diversity and gender, and operations and supply chain management.

Business majors choose a concentration: Entrepreneurship if you want to launch a business someday or Operations and Supply Chain Management if you want a career in manufacturing and supply. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world found out why effective supply chain management is so important!

Business programs are designed with input from the College of Business Advisory Council whose members are successful and inspiring SAU alumni. They stress importance on graduates having a broad base of skills and knowledge – both of which are a great advantage to interview candidates. And, we've designed our program so management majors can easily expand their education with a second major.

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.

How can I supplement my education?

The SAU College of Business created a comprehensive internship program so you can develop the confidence that only comes from a real-world work setting. Work through problems that test your resolve. Speak up, contribute, and demonstrate your value to the company. Grow your own skills as you watch managers encourage and inspire teams, make ethical business decisions and lead the company to success.

Our students have interned at many regional and national corporations, including MidAmerican Energy and Deere & Company.

An internship is so much more than practice. You'll actively contribute to real projects that make a difference. Here are two examples:

Hands On: Management majors take on the Hilltop College District

Diving In: SAU students help grow local economic development

Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing – personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically.

Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some potential careers paths?

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 have alumni of this program done?

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.

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."


Jason Senjem, PhD, Chair and Professor

Monica Forret, PhD, Professor
Jessica Greenwald, PhD, Professor
David O'Connell, DBA, Professor
Jennifer Palar, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Jie Peng, PhD, Professor
Arun Pillutla, PhD, Professor
Dan Ebener, DBA, Professor
Maritza Espina, PhD, Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

The following is required for a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management. Students may also choose a concentration to accompany their major.

See course descriptions in the online course catalog

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required Business Core (for all business majors and majors+concentrations):
ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
MATH 191/STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management & Policy
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
+PHIL 305 Business Ethics
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics

Required (9 credits):
MGMT 233 Operations and Supply Chain Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Choose one of the following experiential learning options (3 credits):
EXPL 202 Experiential Learning Internship, 1 credit
HON 401 Honors Thesis, 2-4 credits
IS 103 Study Abroad, 0 credits
MGMT 416 Entrepreneurial Practicum

4 additional MGMT electives

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in Management. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business 3 ACCT 201 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 +ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics  3
THEO 100/200 3 PHIL 100/200 3
MGMT 210 3 COMM 203 3
Humanities 3 Elective 3
New Student Seminar 1 Infolit 1

Year Two

BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business 3 STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
+ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 FNCE 300 Principles of Finance 3
MKTG 209 3 MGMT 233 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
ACCT 202 3 Elective 3
KIN Activity 1 +KIN 149 1

Year Three

MGMT 320 Human Resource Management 3 MGMT Elective 3
MGMT Elective 3 Humanities 3
Elective 3 THEO/PHIL Elective 3
Natural Science 3 Elective 3
Creative Arts 3
INTL 400 1

Year Four

MGMT 332 Org. Theory and Behavior 3 MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy 3
MGMT Elective 3 MGMT Elective 3
Electives 9 Electives 7

Fall ONLY: MGMT 320, 332
One of the MGMT electives should be a Writing Intensive course, either MGMT 325 (Fall) or MGMT 318 (Spring).
All majors need to complete the Business Core and an Experiential Requirement completing either Study Abroad, Honors Research, an Internship, or MGMT 416. Talk to an advisor for details.

+ satisfies general education requirement

Entrepreneurship Minor (15 credits)

Students can choose a minor in Entrepreneurship to learn about identifying new opportunities for value creation whether for starting a new venture, managing a family business, or launching a new product. This concentration is for the student who wants to develop their creative problem-solving skills, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and be a changemaker in the world.

Take three of the following courses:
MGMT 216 Entrepreneurship & Innovation
MGMT 316 New Venture Planning
WI-MGMT 318 Sustainability & Innovation
MGMT 416 Entrepreneurial Practicum
and take two electives from MGMT or HRM or approved courses.

WI writing intensive

Global Business Interdisciplinary Minor (15 credits)

The minor in Global Business is an interdisciplinary blend of courses which provides students with an understanding and ability to navigate the world of global business. The program develops both hard and soft skills to prepare students to navigate a variety of cultures, manage diversity, and develop a strategic mindset for business. The courses in this minor draw on management, marketing, economics, international studies, and politics.

INTL 372 Business Across Cultures
MKTG 349 International Marketing
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
MGMT 353 Global Logistics

Take 1 of the following: 
PSCI 309 International Politics
PSCI 316 International Law & Organizations
PSCI 319 Globalization, Democracy, and Human Rights

Take 1 of the following: 
COMM 340 Global Communication
HIST 211 Asia
HIST 217 Modern Europe
IS 310 Advanced Topics in Culture and Civilization

Management Minor (15 credits)

For non-Management majors only. Other business majors may take this minor.

MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Take any two additional Management or HRM courses.

Click here to read course descriptions for Management

Supply Chain Management Minor (15 credits)

Students may also choose a Supply Chain Management minor to learn how the flow of goods and services are controlled through the production cycle. This concentration is for those looking to focus more on analysis and working closely with customers.

Complete the following:
MGMT 233 Operations & Supply Chain Management

And take four of the following courses:
MGMT 333 Purchasing
MGMT 336 Conflict Management & Negotiation
MGMT 337 Business Analytics
MGMT 343 Smart Manufacturing
MGMT 353 Global Logistics
HRM 410 People Analytics

HRM Certificate

The Certificate in Human Resource Management is a business program that generally prepares future HR professionals to join the profession at the entry level and make meaningful and viable contributions to an organization’s success from day one. It prepares individuals in change management, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, employment law, globalization, HR career planning, HR information systems, HR’s role in organizations, job analysis and design, managing a diverse workforce, metrics and measurement of HR, organizational development, performance management, staffing, strategic HR, training and development, workforce planning and talent management, workplace health, safety and security; in addition it develops the SHRM competencies of business acumen, communication, consultation, ethical practice, global and cultural effectiveness, leadership and navigation, and relationship management.

Complete the following:
MGMT 210 Foundations of Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory & Behavior
HRM 340 HR Law
WI-MGMT 325 Leadership
HRM 410 People Analytics
HRM 440 HR Strategy Capstone

Meet Our Alumni

Brittany Bersano '14 | DUAL MAJOR: MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP MINOR | "There are so many opportunities to get involved. The doors were opened to develop all of my skills and apply them in an array of situations. That helps you get involved in different activities outside your boundaries."

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