Preparing You To Lead

Master of Public Administration

The Drake University MPA prepares you to lead a variety of organizations by pushing you to learn the latest insights from faculty with real-world experiences. A high-power, hard-working Drake MPA provides you with skills and insights you’ll find valuable throughout your entire career by delivering future-focused career preparation in the areas of:

  • Healthcare Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Service & Social Policy
  • Executive Leadership & Collaborative Governance
  • Information Technology Management

Drake’s MPA is a master’s degree that matters. It empowers you to help others, advances your career prospects, and prepares you to lead, opening doors to a great future.

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Drake’s hybrid MPA combines the flexibility of online courses with the personal engagement of on-campus classes, providing students the best of both worlds.


The Drake MPA offers a personalized degree with emphasis areas in executive leadership development, health care management, nonprofit management, and more.


The accomplishment rate for graduate degree recipients within the College of Business & Public Administration is 97.5%

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Student Profile

“In addition to the great network of people at Drake, the experience of honing in on my interest through different courses and focusing my education in those areas gave me the tools I needed to advance my career.”
—Joseph Jones, GR’08

Joseph Jones, Executive Director, The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, completed his Drake Master of Public Administration in 2008. As Executive Director, Joseph oversees all operations to provide policymakers with non-partisan, unbiased, and socially diverse information on labor and employment, people with disabilities, retirement security, and wellness nutrition.