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Joint Degree Programs

Combined Law and M.B.A. or M.P.A. Program

If you have a passion for the law and also want to hone your business acumen, the Juris Doctorate (J.D.)/M.B.A. and J.D./M.P.A. joint programs allow you to pursue both interests. These options, available only to full-time students, consists of a minimum of 81 law hours and 30 M.B.A. hours or 27 M.P.A. hours. The J.D. must be awarded before the M.B.A. or M.P.A. degree is released. Admission must be gained to both the Law School and the M.B.A. or M.P.A. program.

For more information on admission to the Law School, visit the Drake Law website or call 1-800-44-DRAKE toll-free; locally, call 515-271-2059.

Combined Pharmacy and M.B.A. or M.P.A. Program

For those students interested in the health care field and designed to maximize your opportunities in the for-profit or nonprofit and government sectors, the Pharm.D./M.B.A. and Pharm.D./M.P.A. joint programs allow you the opportunity to complete graduate course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. You begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the College of Business and Public Administration during your first professional year or when you are nearing the completion of 90 credit hours.

The combined degree program typically takes an additional semester to complete beyond the pharmacy degree, rather than an extra two years if the two programs were completed individually. Summer enrollment is required to complete both degrees in 6.5 years. Admission must be gained to both the professional pharmacy program and the M.B.A. or M.P.A. program.  Students need to have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours before beginning M.B.A. or M.P.A. courses.

For more information on admission to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS), visit the CPHS website or call 1-800-44-DRAKE toll-free; locally, call 515-271-2011.

Accelerated Programs

Admission must be initially gained to the appropriate undergraduate program and then to the MAcc, MBA, MFM or MPA program. Application is generally made to the graduate program prior to the end of the third year of instruction. Interested students should inquire as early as possible and not later than the end of the first semester, sophomore year for best advisement on coordination of coursework between the undergraduate and graduate programs. Students need to have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours before beginning graduate courses.

The accelerated program, available to any major, consists of completing the prerequisite credits for the MBA program before the beginning of the fourth year and completing graduate courses during the fourth and fifth years. Students wishing to further accelerate their programs may do so by taking graduate coursework in the summer terms between the third and fourth years and after the fourth year.

For more information about our accelerated graduate programs, email Dianna Gray or call 515-271-2188.

CBPA News
April 15, 2014
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