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Program Options

The 36 credit-hour M.P.A. consists of 21 credit-hours of core courses and 15 credit-hours of electives in a specific emphasis area.

Core Courses

  • MPA 215: Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 216: Managing Human Resources as Assets
  • MPA 217: Applying Information, Research, and Analysis in Nonprofit and Public Environments
  • MPA 225: Financial Aspects of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 226: Public Policy Decision Making and Analysis
  • MPA 240: Values and Ethics in Decision Making
  • MPA 260: Applying Innovative Solutions to Current Problems (Capstone) 

Emphasis Areas

  • Executive Leadership Development
  • Financial Resources
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resources
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Policy


Learn more about the Drake Master of Public Administration program. Plan to attend an information session, discuss your educational goals with CBPA staff, or apply now.