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Graduate Programs

Joint Programs

If you’re interested in taking your education to the next level, consider our full-time joint degree options:

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

Finish both your Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in just three years with these joint degree options. You can hone your understanding of the law to better lead your organization, enter into the field of commercial or business law, or deepen your knowledge of the legal implications for your industry. Regardless of your goals, you’ll graduate an ethical and knowledgeable leader prepared for a multitude of job opportunities. 

Admission must be gained to both the School of Law and the M.B.A. or M.P.A. program.

For more information, call Drake Law at 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2782 or 515-271-2782. 

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

Marry your passion for medicine with practical business acumen through Drake’s joint Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and M.B.A. or M.P.A. programs. Designed to maximize job opportunities in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, the programs allow you to complete 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

For more information, visit the CPHS website or call 1-800-44-DRAKE or 515-271-2011.

Accelerated Programs

If you already know a graduate degree is in your future, you can complete both your undergraduate degree and M.B.A., M.P.A., Master of Accounting, or Master of Financial Management in five years with Drake’s accelerated programs. In an accelerated program, you will begin graduate courses after you have completed 90 credit hours, typically during your fourth and fifth years. Accelerated programs are open to any undergraduate major.

Interested? You should inquire as early as possible, and no later than the end of the first semester of your sophomore year. Most students officially apply to the graduate program of their choice prior to the end of third year.

Learn more about the Drake Joint or Accelerated programs. Plan to attend an information session or discuss your educational goals with CBPA staff.

December 2, 2016
Students in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration had the opportunity to learn from Drake alumni and professional managers about post-graduation career opportunities during Finance Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26.