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Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program uses an integrative approach that emphasizes real-world application of knowledge and problem-solving strategies and techniques. Sustainability and organizational decision making are incorporated into and across courses. Students customize this program by selecting an area of specialization to develop skills best suited to their academic and career goals. The M.B.A. is backed by Drake University’s full resources and reputation.

Program Requirements

  • Number of Credit Hours required: Thirty-nine hours of credit are required for completion.
  • Required Courses
Course Credit Hours
Foundations of Decision-Making 6
MBA 240 - Values and Ethics in Decision-Making 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
M.B.A. Core Courses 21
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3
MBA 251 - Creating Customer Value 3
MBA 253 - Enhancing Firm Value 3
MBA 254 - Leadership & Human Capital Development 3
MBA 256 - Information Technology and Business 3
MBA 257 - Project Management 3
MBA 260 - Strategic Business Policy (capstone) 3

Areas of Specialization - Each student must choose three courses from a group of electives designed to focus on an area of specialization.  The areas of specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Resources
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resources
  • Innovation and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Management
Professional Development Seminars - Each student must complete three 1-credit-hour seminars for professional development. 3
  • Other requirements
    • BUS 205 - Leadership Essentials
      • All CBPA graduate students are required to take this workshop designed to enhance and improve the key competencies of an effective presentation in a professional setting.
      • Students complete this workshop in their first semester.
    • Any limitations and special policies (eg., G.P.A. requirement or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):
      • G.P.A.: Maintain a 3.0 or higher.
      • Courses must be completed with a “C” or better; no more than two “C” grades may be received; the cumulative grade point must be a 3.0 or better.
      • 12 hours of graduate work may be transferred in from an accredited university.
      • Transfer courses must be advisor-approved.
      • Courses transferred in are transferred as TR (no grade) and do not affect the Drake G.P.A.
      • Transferred coursework must be at a B- level or better.
      • Transfer credits earned before admission are counted on the following scale:
        • Courses taken 0-5 years before degree completion may be transferred in as full credit.
        • Courses taken 6-10 years before degree completion may be transferred in as ½ credit.
        • Courses over 10 years old are not accepted.
        • Courses that are accepted must relate to the program of study.


  • Students may complete the M.B.A. program on either a part-time or full-time basis. Courses, however, are offered only in evening and weekend formats. There are no graduate-level daytime courses.
  • Students must be admitted to the M.B.A. program to enroll in graduate courses.


Master of Business Administration applicants must meet the following admission requirements.

  • Application Fee of $50. Applicants who have previously paid the fee are not required to do so again.
  • Official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework from EVERY institution attended (even if a degree was not earned).
  • Current professional resume.
  • Personal essay: A personal essay no longer than one page should explain the candidate’s reason(s) for pursuing the M.B.A. degree. Examples of leadership background and experience should be included.
  • Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Grade Point Average Criteria: Successful candidates for admission typically have the following minimum graduate point average. Students who do not meet these G.P.A. minimums may contact the Graduate Programs Office of the College of Business and Public Administration for additional information.
    • Undergraduate GPA = 3.00 (upper division and cumulative), and
    • Graduate GPA = 3.00 (cumulative)
  • Test requirement: Applicants must submit official GMAT or GRE results. Successful candidates for admission typically have a minimum score of 500. For GMAT testing information, go to: GRE scores: Quantitative=152, Verbal=152. For GRE testing information, go to  Details on the entrance exam waiver can be found at
  • TOEFL exam: International candidates must submit TOEFL results. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 213 on the computer-based examination, 550 on the paper-based examination, or 79-80 on the internet-based test.
  • Application deadlines: To be eligible for consideration, applications must be received by the following deadlines.
    • Fall admission - July 15
    • Spring admission - December 1
    • Summer admission - April 1

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