Graduate & Professional Programs
Drake offers you an outstanding opportunity to prepare for professional advancement through one of our highly focused and highly respected graduate degree programs.
These programs span a wide range of areas, but all share a set of common strengths: They emphasize practical applications and problem-solving strategies. They provide precisely the skills and credentials you will need in your field of interest. And they focus on you—on your interests, needs, and career goals.
College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs
Earn your master’s degree at Des Moines’ premiere University. The field of Applied Behavior Analysis provides the tools necessary to assess what motivates individuals. A degree in this field prepares you for a career working with children and adults with autism, treating challenging behavior, or assisting various populations where systematic change and improved behavior are desired outcomes.
College of Business & Public Administration Graduate Programs
Choose the Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Master of Public Administration(MPA) (offered in Des Moines). You can study full-time or complete your entire degree part-time through evening and weekend study in as little as two years. (Due to COVID-19, campus programs will have online only courses this fall.) Our new Online Master of Science in Busness Analytics along with Online MBA and Online MPA provide even more flexibility for working professionals. Non-credit professional programming for business, government and nonprofit organizations is offered by the Center for Professional Studies.
School of Education Graduate Programs
Programs in the School of Education are designed to meet the needs of teachers looking to advance their careers, business persons looking to expand their leadership, individuals looking to become counseling professionals, or professionals seeking to transition into the field of education. Explore more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree options in the field of Educational Leadership (K-12), Organizational Leadership, Talent Development, Counseling, or Teaching and Learning. Our new online Master of Science in Education program even combines a Drake education with the convenience of online learning.
School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Programs
Given the success of our on-campus Master of Communication Leadership program, where alums have reported increased salaries of more than 50% after graduation, we are excited to announce our new 100% online Master of Arts in Communication degree program to bring this valuable learning to students around the globe. Four specialized tracks are available to help students reach their career goals: Brand Communication, Communication Leadership, Health & Science Communication, and Public Affairs & Advocacy.
For over 150 years, Drake Law School has helped launch successful careers, providing a legal education that emphasizes experiential learning backed by a solid foundation in legal theory. As the only law school in the capital city of Des Moines, our students receive unparalleled access to internships, clerkships and first-rate clinical programs. Drake Law graduates pass the bar and gain employment at rates above the national average and leverage the experience gained from hands-on learning to put the law in action from day one. Our expansive network of alumni use their law degree in all 50 states and across the globe—in every facet of the legal profession.
The Masters of Jurisprudence in Compliance and Risk Management, offered by Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration, responds to the growing need for employees to ensure that their companies are meeting government regulations and adhering to ethical standards.
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
The health care field is a rapidly growing and evolving industry with ample opportunity for meaningful, and long-lasting careers. At Drake, you’ll find doctoral and master’s programs aimed at preparing you for a versatile career in three different health care fields.
As a student in Drake's four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, you’ll gain knowledge and experience needed for a successful career within pharmacy, including community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, postgraduate education, and many other opportunities. In pharmacy at Drake, you can choose from a wide range of curricular options that allow you great latitude in directing your professional career.
Drake’s three-year, year-round Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is your path to a meaningful career focused on improving the lives of others through holistic health care. As a Drake graduate, you will be recognized for your commitment to advancing your practice, supporting your community, and advocating for your patients and profession.
In the two-year Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program you’ll gain knowledge and experience needed for a successful career within AT, including individual and team athletics, clinical practice, hospital-based practice, school-based practice, occupational health, and many other opportunities.
The online Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics can kickstart a career in the use of biomedical data, information, and knowledge to improve health care is transforming an in-demand industry by helping providers assess and treat patients more effectively.
The online Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology gives licensed psychologists the specialized training required to prescribe medication in Iowa and other states.