St. Ambrose University

Introduction

Mission

St. Ambrose University — independent, diocesan, and Catholic — enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

Vision

St. Ambrose will be recognized as a leading Midwestern university rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Ambrosians are committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service.

Core Mission Values and Guiding Principles

Catholicity: We treasure and build on our strong Catholic identity in relationship with the Diocese of Davenport. As an independent institution of higher learning, St. Ambrose University embodies our faith tradition through teaching, learning, scholarship, and service, through openness to those of other faith traditions, and through the pursuit of justice and peace.

Integrity: We believe that as individuals we are capable of living in the fullest measure when our lives are freely based on values that acknowledge a loving God and a life-affirming moral code. Therefore, we teach, learn, and work in a climate of mutual respect, honesty, and integrity where excellence and academic freedom are cherished.

The Liberal Arts: We are committed to the richness of the liberal arts tradition through quality instruction that fosters development of a broad awareness of humanity in all its dimensions. Ambrosians use their knowledge, talents, and career skills in service to others.

Life-long Learning: We believe that people at all stages of life need educational opportunities. Therefore, we offer learning programs with student-centered teaching that lead to baccalaureate and professional graduate degrees in curricula through the doctoral level as well as non-degree offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To meet the needs of our diverse student body, we use a variety of delivery systems and formats in the Diocese of Davenport, the State of Iowa, and other authorized locations. We collaborate with other organizations to offer further opportunities around the world.

Diversity: We believe in the inherent God-given dignity and worth of every person. Therefore, we strive to develop an understanding of human cultures, achievements, capabilities, and limitations to promote justice and peace and use our talents in service to others and the world. We welcome people from other countries and cultures to study, learn, and work at St. Ambrose. Likewise, we encourage Ambrosians to teach, learn, engage in scholarship, and serve abroad.

Diversity at St. Ambrose

As a Catholic institution we believe in the inherent God-given dignity and worth of every individual.

At St. Ambrose University, diversity means honoring and celebrating a multiplicity of voices along with a thoughtful exploration of different perspectives and ideas.

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Master of Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Davenport + 1 more

The Master of Accounting program prepares individuals for professional careers and ultimately for leadership positions in today's business world. Additionally, many states require those desiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) must have 150 hours of college education. [+]

Earn Your Accounting Degree St. Ambrose University's Master of Accounting courses prepare individuals for professional careers and leadership positions in today's business world. Large and small businesses alike depend on people with number skills, and at St. Ambrose University, we can help you learn the skills you need to prepare for upper-level accountancy positions in a variety of fields. Many states require prospective Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to complete 150 hours of college education before being eligible for certification. Our Master of Accounting degree is a natural extension in the pursuit of this requirement. Why Choose SAU? Our 30 credit-hour accounting degree program offers the flexibility to accommodate students with a variety of educational backgrounds and career objectives. As an added bonus, students enrolled in this program will have the choice to take 9 to 15 of the graduate credit hours required for the Master of Accounting degree in the MBA or other graduate programs. At St. Ambrose University, you'll learn from faculty who have spent time working in the accounting field. Small class sizes allow you to get more support and can help you build lasting relationships with your fellow students–relationships you can take with you when you leave. If you're interested in accounting schools in Iowa and want to earn your master's degree in accounting, contact us today. We'll gladly answer any questions you have about this program. Program The Master of Accounting program prepares individuals for professional careers and ultimately for leadership positions in today's business world. Additionally, many states require those desiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) must have 150 hours of college education. The Master of Accounting degree is a natural extension in the pursuit of this requirement. The SAU MAcc degree is an interdisciplinary program, which offers the flexibility to accommodate students with a variety of educational backgrounds and career objectives. The program is known for providing personal attention, small class settings, and easy access to faculty. All candidates must complete 30 hours of graduate course work, of which 15 credits may be taken in the MBA or in other graduate programs. Curriculum Program structure To accommodate a variety of student needs and situations, courses are offered in traditional as well as unique delivery modes and the degree can be earned in a number of ways: Full-time Program: Students may take classes both daytime and evening, completing the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in one year. Full-time Accelerated Program: Students may take classes both daytime and evening, completing the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in a summer session and a fall semester. Part-time Evening Program: Students may take classes in the evening and complete the 30-hour Master of Accounting degree in two years. Requirements Individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution may apply to the St. Ambrose University MACC Program. Those with undergraduate accounting degrees have fulfilled all prerequisites. Those with other undergraduate degrees must fulfill prerequisite requirements. Students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer sessions. [-]

Master of Criminal Justice

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 USA Davenport + 1 more

This Master of Criminal Justice degree program prepares you for the next level of employment in the security, corrections, law enforcement, and human services fields. Coursework combines theory and practical, hands-on application. [+]

Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree This Master of Criminal Justice degree program prepares you for the next level of employment in the security, corrections, law enforcement, and human services fields. Coursework combines theory and practical, hands-on application. Take classes online Whether you take classes on campus or online, it's an interactive experience and not just a professor talking to the classroom. And what's great about our online MCJ program is that you can take all of your classes online or pick and choose the ones that best fit into your life. Promotion opportunities Graduates from the St. Ambrose University Master of Criminal Justice degree program have a proven track record of earning promotions at their job. Learn how to impact your career Learn from experienced faculty At St. Ambrose University, located in Davenport, IA, you'll learn from seasoned instructors who have worked in the criminal justice field. Their on-the-job insights add context to a curriculum that has been designed with today's criminal justice careers in mind. Small class sizes offer you the chance to receive more individual attention from your instructors. In addition, you can form lasting relationships with your classmates as you move through the program together. [-]

Master of Organizational Leadership

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Davenport Cedar Rapids + 2 more

The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at St. Ambrose is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study designed to develop skills and nurture abilities for effective leadership. Graduates of the program will have taken 36 credit hours. [+]

Drawn by our program's reputation, convenience, and accessibility, Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) students graduate equipped with a comprehensive knowledge base and ethical standards for professional practice. Our students specifically focus on leadership in two respects: advancing people and organizations – especially during challenging times – and motivating and fostering relationships with individual employees. Through the insights, skills and knowledge they gain, they are able to discern how to move their organizations forward to accomplish significant goals, such as improving work relationships, increasing personal effectiveness, and developing healthy work environments. The MOL also provides individuals entering or seeking leadership positions the conceptual and analytical skills for making the transition to supervisory roles. Class today; use the knowledge tomorrow We offer topical and relevant education – often using actual workplace examples – that students can apply immediately. This approach helps prepare them to adapt when new challenges and opportunities arise. Program The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at St. Ambrose is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study designed to develop skills and nurture abilities for effective leadership. Graduates of the program will have taken 36 credit hours. Effective leadership is essential to the success of any endeavor in both the public and private sectors. Businesses, government agencies, elected offices, charitable organizations, and churches – to name a few – need valuable leaders who can identify, promote, and accomplish organizational goals and objectives. In this context, MOL students will become more aware of their own strengths, attitudes, and behaviors, and the effects they have on others as leaders. The MOL program also provides individuals currently in or seeking leadership positions with the conceptual and analytical skills necessary for successful leadership. Our program reflects St. Ambrose's commitment to promoting community service, personal growth, and practical professional training opportunities for students. Requirements (36 credits) Core Courses (27 credits) MOL 501. Leadership Theory MOL 515. Decision-Making and Leadership MOL 529. Conflict Management MOL 701. Planning Strategically MOL 540. Strategic Communication in Organizations MOL 625. Leading Organizational Change MOL 691. Dialogical Skills MOL 715. Leadership Work Action Project MOL 716. Leadership Research Paper Electives (9 credits). Choose three. MOL 557. Building Effective Teams MOL 635. Servant Leadership MOL 645. International Issues in Leadership MOL 655. Political and Civic Leadership MOL 710. Ethics in Leadership MOL 790. Independent Inquiry in Leadership MOL 792. Special Topics MBA 615. Ethical and Social Responsibility of Business MBA 621. Human Behavior in Organizations MBA 690. Leadership Through People Skills MBA 731. Managing Across Cultures MBA 740. The Not-for-Profit Sector MBA 762. Training and Development MBA 785. Human Resource Management [-]

Master of Social Work

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Davenport

The MSW Program educates graduate social work professionals to address a range of social issues and needs. The education and training you will experience is on the cutting edge of modern social work practice. [+]

The MSW Program educates graduate social work professionals to address a range of social issues and needs. The education and training you will experience is on the cutting edge of modern social work practice. The School of Social Work is dynamic and alive – a place that reaches beyond our campus and into the local community. You'll quickly discover our faculty, students, and staff are all dedicated to pursuing excellence in their professional lives. The St. Ambrose University MSW Program equips graduates for professional practice with: Comprehensive knowledge base Practice competencies Ethical standards The St. Ambrose University School of Social Work and the MSW Program are leaders in this area of practice. Our faculty and staff maintain an environment conducive to discovery, personal and professional growth and, ultimately, competence in professional social work practice. Curriculum The School of Social Work at St. Ambrose University has developed three different programs for those seeking Master of Social Work degrees: standard full-time, advanced standing, and part-time. All three have the same standards and require both classroom study and practicum experience, working under supervision in a social work agency or setting. The MSW Program recognizes that a student may be unable to carry out the program as scheduled. Students who make changes in the course sequence should anticipate adding one or more semesters to their original schedules. Any changes should be carefully planned with the student's academic advisor and permission sought from the Director. Both full-time and part-time students follow the same sequence of courses. Students are expected to be able to arrange time for 16 hours per week to carry out practicum requirement in a social agency or setting. What a graduate degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose can do for you Graduate credentials are becoming increasingly important in the social work profession. Social workers practice in schools, businesses, hospitals, mental health facilities, public welfare, and criminal justice agencies – with a host of emerging employment settings likely to develop in coming years. The future employment outlook is strong for social workers. Salaries are competitive with other graduate-trained professionals. MSW graduates achieve a thorough understanding of diversity, and human behavior and social contexts which allows them to deliver competent and ethical service. As a master of empowerment practice, you'll help clients gain the skills and confidence they need to effectively find and utilize resources available to them. An empowerment practice method develops your unwavering commitment to social justice. An empowered individual enters each interaction assuming success, respect, and influence. When such expectations are rewarded, clients receive a sense of person control, self-esteem, and confidence for further interactions at the institutional level. By focusing on the competencies rather than the deficits of clients, empowerment practice promotes resourcefulness and the development of skills to remove social barriers for individuals and communities. As a St. Ambrose University MSW graduate, you'll help clients assert their rights, develop their privilege, and fashion just environments. By doing so, you'll be contributing to the formation of a just and ethical society that offers equal access to power by each individual citizen. [-]

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Master of Science in Information Technology Management

Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters September 2017 USA Davenport + 1 more

Do you currently work or aspire to work in the information management field near the Quad Cities? If you're ready to start preparing for upper-level positions in the IT industry, our Master of Information Technology Management degree program could be right for you. And Forbes ranked the MSITM one of the best master's degrees. [+]

Earn Your Information Technology Management Degree Do you currently work or aspire to work in the information management field near the Quad Cities? If you're ready to start preparing for upper-level positions in the IT industry, our Master of Information Technology Management degree program could be right for you. And Forbes ranked the MSITM one of the best master's degrees. Our IT school in Iowa is designed to prepare you to deal with the issues facing IT managers today. At SAU, our small class sizes allow you to get more individual attention from the faculty. They can help ensure you understand your coursework thoroughly before you move on to the next subject. St. Ambrose provides an atmosphere that makes it easier for our students to grow and learn. As a student enrolled in this program, you will take IT management courses, including: Systems Analysis in the Enterprise Project Management and Control Data Management Computers and Commerce Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications Why Choose SAU? This program offers you the chance to learn advanced skills in information technology management while working with faculty who have spent time in the IT field. During this program, you will learn how to effectively analyze, create and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization. To learn more about this master's degree program or our IT management courses, contact us today. We will gladly answer any questions you might have. Course Sequence The requirements for the MSITM are divided into three components: computer core, business core, and electives. The minimum required graduate credit hours is 36 but most students take 39-42 credit hours. All courses listed below are 3 credit hours. While the MSITM program is management oriented, MSITM students are expected to be familiar with a high-level programming language (Java is preferred). Career Impact MSITM students not only increase their knowledge of computer networks, they also expand their people networks. Our students come from all corners of the IT and management worlds, from contract workers and government employees to web programmers and system administrators. Top student and alumni employers include Deere & Company, HON Industries and the Rock Island Arsenal. In many courses students tackle projects for employers and complete assignments that are applicable to their jobs. Sample projects include: Creating development policies and password controls for onsite laptops. Analyzing security entry into Ambrose classrooms. Developing strategies to deploy technology for a cruise line. Improving the online presence for an art museum. MSITM Admissions Requirements St. Ambrose looks at the following criteria when reviewing applications for the MSITM program: Individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field may apply for admission to the St. Ambrose University MSITM program. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale is required for unconditional acceptance into the MSITM program. A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 85 or IELTS score of 6.5 is required for international students. Admission decisions will be made based on a thorough review of all application materials. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for unconditional acceptance but who have an undergraduate GPA between 2.6 and 2.8 may submit a written appeal to the department in consideration for conditional acceptance. In addition, a student accepted into the Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree program will be required to meet all prerequisites for each MSITM and MBA course before the particular course is attempted. MSITM coursework may require students develop and/or interpret programs written in a high-level programming language (Java is preferred). All undergraduate prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. [-]