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Graduate & Professional Programs

Drake offers you an outstanding opportunity to prepare for professional advancement through one of our highly focused and highly respected graduate degree programs. These programs span a wide range of areas, but all share a set of common strengths: They emphasize practical applications and problem-solving strategies. They provide precisely the skills and credentials you will need in your field of interest. And they focus on you—on your interests, needs, and career goals.

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Business & Public Administration

Earn your master’s degree at Des Moines’ premiere University. Choose the Master of Accounting (M.Acc.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), or Master of Public Administration(M.P.A. offered in Des Moines, Ames, and Davenport). You can study full-time (except in the M.F.M.) or complete your entire degree part-time through evening and weekend study in as little as two years. Non-credit professional programming for business, government and nonprofit organizations is offered by the Center for Professional Studies.


Programs in the School of Education are designed to meet the varied needs of teachers looking to advance their career, business persons looking to expand their leadership, or professionals seeking to transition into the field of education. Explore more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree options in the field of Counseling and Behavior Analysis, Educational Leadership (k-12), Organizational Leadership and Talent Development (business, industry, and nonprofit organizations), or Teaching and Learning

Journalism & Mass Communication

Prepare to lead a successful team or organization in today’s rapidly changing media and business environment through the Master of Communication Leadership. This is a part-time program, with courses in the evening and on weekends. Designed for experienced professionals, it combines coursework in communications and business.


Experience legal education at a school ranked second in the nation for “Best Practical Training” (behind only Yale) by National Jurist magazine. Meet leading jurists and legal thinkers, like the 11 Supreme Court Justices who have spoken on Drake’s campus through programs hosted by Drake’s Constitutional Law Center. Take advantage of an excellent value at Drake Law School—a private legal education priced well below the national average. And then join the Drake law graduates now working in all 50 U.S. states and many countries abroad.


Enter a field of expanding opportunity by completing the Doctor of Pharmacy (or Pharm.D.) degree, a six-year program in two parts. The first part is a two-year pre-pharmacy curriculum you can enter directly from high school. The second is a four-year professional curriculum you can apply to after completing pre-pharmacy requirements at Drake or as a transfer student from another institution.

With a passion for improving the lives of others and a belief in the power of holistic health care, you aim to make a difference. As an occupational therapist, you can tap into these interests, and Drake’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is your path to this meaningful careerDrake’s accelerated, three-year OTD—and Pre-Occupational Therapy program for undergraduates—is designed with the future of health care in mind. As the demand for occupational therapists grows, you will be ready to meet those needs, backed by Drake’s tradition of educational excellence in the health sciences.


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