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‌Balancing work, life and school can be challenging. At Drake's CBPA, you'll find the flexibility you need to make it work.  With entry points throughout the year and classes offered exclusively in the evening and on weekends, Drake makes it convenient for you to enroll, attend classes and complete your advanced degree. 

Application materials required for an admission review include:
  • Completed and signed online application form
  • $50 application fee (waived for Drake alumni and students)
  • Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended *
  • Current professional résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program
  • A typed, one-page essay providing details about how a graduate education will help you reach your academic and career goals (not required for M.P.A. candidates)

  • Official GMAT test score (not required for M.P.A. candidates)

*Official transcripts may be mailed to the following address:

Drake University
Attn: CBPA Graduate Programs
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

International students will require additional documents for admissions.

Dates to Remember

Completed applications are due by the following dates:

December 1 for classes starting in spring (January)

April 1 for classes starting in summer (May/June)

July 15 for classes starting in fall (August)


February 23, 2017
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