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Master of Public Administration

To successfully lead a public or nonprofit organization in today's environment, administrators must develop superior executive, public policy, and resource management expertise. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) allows students to easily integrate public management coursework with business management, accounting, finance, marketing, and information systems—courses taught with the public sector in mind. Students also have the option of enrolling in a spring travel course, which takes a closer look at a specific policy issue from a global viewpoint.



Candidates are invited to apply to our fall, spring or summer semesters.  Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to our Outreach Coordinator at or (515) 271-2188.

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)

Additional Resources

Application Requirements

MPA Program Overview 

MPA Summer 2014 Schedule

MPA Fall 2014 Schedule

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.  

April 15, 2014
Drake University’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) will host a discussion on the Keystone XL Pipeline initiative in collaboration with the Iowa Energy Forum. General James Jones, a former national security advisor, will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative.