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General Information for Graduate Study


Master of Accounting

Master of Business Administration

Master of Financial Management

Master of Public Administration

Joint degrees are available to Drake Pharmacy or Law students, which gives students the opportunity to receive their M.B.A. or M.P.A. in conjunction with their degree. 

Accelerated programs are available to current Drake undergraduate students, which allows students to earn their graduate degree in less time.


Drake does not offer any type of conditional or provisional admission to students.  Students wishing to enroll in graduate coursework in the College of Business and Public Administration must be fully admitted to a graduate degree program (M.B.A., M.P.A., M.Acc. or M.F.M.).

Admission Deadlines

  • For classes that begin in the spring - December 1 of preceding spring semester
  • For classes that begin in the summer - April 1 of preceding summer semester
  • For classes that begin in the fall - July 15 of the preceding fall semester

Application Requirements

  • Completed and signed online application form
  • $50 application fee (waived for current Drake students and Drake alumni)
  • Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended
  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program
  • Additional requirements for the M.Acc., M.B.A., and M.F.M. programs
    • A typed, one-page essay providing details about how a graduate education will help you reach your academic and career goals
    • Official GMAT test score
  • International students may require additional documentation

Graduate Grade Point Average

All students who are admitted into a graduate program must maintain a minimum B grade average or 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale while in the program.  If, after nine hours of enrollment in core or elective courses, a student’s cumulative grade point is less than 3.0, the student will be placed on probation.  If the G.P.A. has not risen above 3.0 within the next nine hours of enrollment, the student will be suspended from the program.  Graduate students enrolled in courses numbered 100-199 and approved for graduate credit are required to do extra work and exhibit a higher degree of competency than students taking the courses for undergraduate credit.

Time Limits

All requirements for a master’s degree must be met within five years of the end of the semester of the student’s first enrollment in core or elective courses.  Under special circumstances, a one-year extension for completion without additional course requirements may be granted by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

A written request for an exception must be submitted prior to the expiration of the student’s five-year time limit.

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