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Master of Public Administration

‌Drake’s Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) takes your skillset and knowledge to the next level and provides you with the broad expertise it takes to lead a public or nonprofit organization. Drake’s M.P.A. allows you to easily integrate public management coursework with business management, accounting, finance, marketing, and information systems—courses taught with the public sector in mind. 

Each student has specific career goals, so we make it possible for you to customize your degree with courses in various areas of emphasis, including human resources, public policy, and executive development.

Drake’s M.P.A. is the only program offering in-person courses in Central Iowa. While we do offer some online courses, we believe that the learning experience you receive in a Drake classroom just can’t be matched behind a computer.

Other program highlights include:

  • Convenience—You can finish the M.PA. in two years, attending part time, because Drake offers more classes on nights and weekends for working professionals.
  • Affordable—The cost to attend Drake is comparable to or less than most M.P.A. programs in the area.
  • Network—You’ll learn from experienced faculty and your peers, who come from a wide variety of industries and positions.
  • Capstone—The final course of the program gives you the opportunity to utilize all you’ve learned toward solving a real-world problem.
  • Dardis—The required Dardis Communication Workshop gives you the skills to deliver concise and persuasive presentations in class and at work.

Additional Resources

Information Session

Learn more about the Drake Master of Public Administration program by attending an information session. Graduate staff will be on hand to answer any questions and help you learn more about Drake's graduate degrees.  

CBPA News
October 1, 2014
Four groups of Drake University students who received funding for startup businesses through the Lorentzen Student Hatchery last spring will present final updates on their ventures.
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