The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration offer a combined program leading to a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences and a Master’s in Business Administration degree (M.B.A.). The Accelerated M.B.A. Program takes five years to complete. (Note: Students intending to pursue the Accelerated M.B.A. Program should make their plans known, as early as possible, to their faculty adviser and the director of graduate programs in the College of Business and Public Administration.)
Students interested in the program spend the first three years in arts and sciences, completing the Drake Curriculum requirements and meeting the requirements of their major field. During the third year of study, application is made to the M.B.A. program. Applicants must meet M.B.A. admission requirements.
If admitted, a student enters the M.B.A. phase of the Accelerated M.B.A. Program in the fourth year of study at Drake University. The requirements for the major must be completed by the end of the fourth year. After successful completion of the first year of the M.B.A. program, the student may petition the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to be awarded the undergraduate degree.