Joint Degree Options

Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration

This degree option allows students to complete their Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in just three years. Students can hone their understanding of the law to better lead their organization, enter into the field of commercial or business law, or deepen their knowledge of the legal implications for your industry.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Public Administration

The combined Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and M.B.A. or M.P.A. programs are designed to maximize job opportunities in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  The programs allow students to complete their M.B.A. or M.P.A. coursework in place of electives within the Pharm.D. curriculum.  It typically takes just an additional semester beyond the pharmacy degree to complete both degrees—rather than two extra years if pursued separately.

Graduates of these joint programs go on to many different administrative and management positions in areas such as:

  • Hospital practice
  • Academia
  • Consulting
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Independent pharmacy ownership
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Chain pharmacy management

Accelerated Programs

Undergraduates who intended to pursue a graduate degree complete their undergraduate degree and an M.B.A., M.P.A., Master of Accounting, or Master of Financial Management degree in five years with Drake’s accelerated programs. In an accelerated program, students begin graduate courses after having completed 90 undergraduate credits, typically during their fourth and fifth years. Accelerated programs are open to any undergraduate major.

Interested students should inquire no later than the end of the first semester of their sophomore year. Most students officially apply to the graduate program of their choice prior to the end of third year.

University News
November 21, 2017
Madison Glennie, a Drake golf standout and straight-A student, was a finalist for the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this year. 
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