Drake University

College of Business and Public Administration

Master of Public Administration


Office of Graduate Admission, 202 Cole Hall, 2708 University Ave.

2507 University Ave

Des Moines, IA 50311

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

?Graduate education. It’s the next big step—in your career, education, and life. Take that next step at Drake, where you’ll become a strategic, influential, and ethical leader and propel your career. As a graduate student in Drake’s CBPA, you’ll collaborate with classmates in a rigorous, active learning environment led by outstanding and experienced faculty. You’ll also benefit from a network of enthusiastic alumni ready to offer guidance and support. Our graduate programs are designed for working adults. With entry points throughout the year, as well as evening and weekend classes, we make it convenient for you to enroll, attend classes, and complete your program. In fact, you can complete your degree in as little as two years or take up to five. To successfully lead a public or nonprofit organization in today's environment, administrators must develop superior executive, public policy, and resource management expertise. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program strives to meet these challenges. You can customize this program by selecting an area of specialization to develop skills best suited to your academic and career goals. Our M.P.A. program allows students to easily integrate public management coursework with business management, accounting, finance, marketing, and information systems—courses taught with the public sector in mind. Students also have the option of enrolling in a spring travel course, PADM 282, which takes a closer look at a specific policy issue from a global viewpoint.


Drake University has been on the approved list of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913. Since reorganization of the Association in 2000, Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to University accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the College of Business and Public Administration is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

International Student Requirements:

Application materials required for admission review include: 1. Completed and signed online application form 2. Application fee 3. TOEFL exam (international applicants only) 4. Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended 5. Current professional résumé or curriculum vitae 6. A typed, one-page essay providing details about how a graduate education will help you reach your academic and career goals 7. Official GMAT test score 8. Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program Additional materials are required for International Students

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 530 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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