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Drake University streamlines and transitions MBA and MPA programs to online learning

Monday, April 25th, 2022

The updated programs will focus on increased flexibility, faster time to completion, and enhanced virtual learning 

The College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University announced today that it is merging its on-campus Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration programs with their respective online counterparts to offer two enhanced virtual programs that address the needs of emerging and mid-career professionals. Students entering the MBA or MPA program in the summer of 2022 will have the option of selecting on-campus or online learning, with a transition to all online learning beginning for students who enroll in fall 2022 and beyond. This transition to online reflects graduate students’ demand for value, flexibility, and fast time to completion as evidenced by the growth of the online versions of these programs at Drake since they were introduced in 2018. 

“We are making a bold move to streamline our MBA and MPA programs to focus on the needs and aspirations of professionals and other students seeking to add skills, reskill, and upskill for career advancement and enhancement,” said Alejandro Hernandez, dean of Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration. “By leveraging the power of virtual learning and our team’s deep understanding of how to develop programs to address what today’s students and employers want, we are confident that our new offerings will continue to provide our graduates the skills they need to succeed as business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public servants.” 

The updated MBA program will feature a 36-credit hour curriculum and the new MPA curriculum will be 30 credit hours. The reduction of credit hours (from 39 and 36 respectively) will result in increased affordability and will drive professionals’ ability to complete the program in two calendar years. The programs’ streamlined course offerings will enable a greater focus on learning outcomes. Flexibility in scheduling is made possible through six-week terms offered through Drake’s online programs. Students can choose the timing of enrollment that works best for them, with the ability to select fall, spring, or summer semester starts.  

More information is available at or by contacting Dianna Gray, director of graduate admission and engagement at or 515-271-2188.