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Application Process

‌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:

Application for Admission

Complete and digitally sign our online Application for Admission and pay the $50 application fee.

The application fee is waived for Drake alumni and current students.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A current professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Please include information regarding current and/or past employment history as well as professional development and internships completed.

Essay

A typed, one-page essay is required. The essay should provide details about how a graduate education at Drake University will help you reach your academic and career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendations are required. When selecting your references, choose individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program.

You will enter the names and email contacts for your two references into the online application. Your references will be contacted electronically with directions for submitting their letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended are required. Any college credit earned, even while in high school or at a community college, must be accounted for before your application can be reviewed.

Please have official paper transcripts mailed to the address below:

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

Official transcripts are designated as those coming directly from the University or College of attendance to Drake University.

International Students

International students will require additional documents for admissions.

Applications should be submitted by the following dates:

  • January 1 for classes starting in spring (January)
  • April 15 for classes starting in summer (May/June)
  • August 1 for classes starting in fall (August) 

Learn more about Drake's graduate programs. Plan to attend an information session, discuss your educational goals with CBPA staff, or apply now.

CBPA News
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.
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