To successfully lead a public or non-profit organization in today’s environment, administrators must develop superior executive, public policy, and resource management expertise. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program strives to meet these challenges. Students customize this program by selecting an area of specialization to develop skills best suited to their academic and career goals. The MPA is backed by Drake University’s full resources and reputation.
Admission Requirements: (previous degrees, exams, etc)
Master of Public Administration applicants must meet the following admission requirements.
On-line submissions require electronic fee payment that will be refunded if an application fee was paid for a previous Drake program.
Fall admission July 15
Spring admission December 1
Summer admission April 15
MPA 215: Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations
MPA 216: Managing Human resources as Assets* or
MGMT 282: Human Resources Management*
MPA 217: Applying Information, Research & Analysis in Nonprofit and Public Environments
MPA 225: Financial Aspects of Public & Nonprofit Organizations
MPA 226: Public Policy Decision Making Analysis
MPA 240: Values & Ethics in Decision Making**
MPA 260: Applying Innovative Solutions to Current Problems (after completion of 18 credit hours)
*Students may choose to take either MPA 216 or MGMT 282. Only one is required.
**Two options are available for students seeking an alternative core course based on their emphasis area:
Option #1: MPA 252: Information Technology & Electronic Commerce Strategy (for Financial Resources, Health Care, or Public Policy emphasis)
Option #2: MPA 254: Leadership & Human Capital Development (for Human Resources, Nonprofit Management, or Executive Development emphasis)
Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.
BUS 205: Leadership Essentials (non-credit workshop)
Each student must complete this elite training experience during the first semester of enrollment. This workshop focuses on communication and leadership skills. The workshop offers a competitive edge by providing you with the skills to consistently lead, influence and inform others. A handful of workshops are offered each term. Students meet over two days, Friday 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):
Apply Now - Application for Fall 2016 & Fall 2017
Visit Now - Campus visits offered Monday-Friday
August 29 - First day of Fall 2016 semester
October 1 - FAFSA available for Fall 2017
October 10 - Campus Preview Day
Mid-October - Application & scholarship review begins for Fall 2017 students
November 14 - Campus Preview Day