Master of Business Administration

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Application Process

‌Balancing work, life and school can be challenging. At Drake's CBPA, you'll find the flexibility you need to make it work.  With entry points throughout the year and classes offered exclusively in the evening and on weekends, Drake makes it convenient for you to enroll, attend classes and complete your advanced degree.

Application materials required for an admission review include:

Application for Admission

Complete and digitally sign our online Application for Admission.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A current professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Please include information regarding current and/or past employment history as well as professional development and internships completed.


A typed, one-page essay is required. The essay should provide details about how a graduate education at Drake University will help you reach your academic and career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendations are required. When selecting your references, choose individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program.

You will enter the names and email contacts for your two references into the online application. Your references will be contacted electronically with directions for submitting their letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended are required. Any college credit earned, even while in high school or at a community college, must be accounted for before your application can be reviewed.

If the institution offers digital transcript delivery, please have the official digital transcript sent to

Please have official paper transcripts mailed to the address below:

Drake University
Attn: CBPA Graduate Programs
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Official transcripts are designated as those coming directly from the University or College of attendance to Drake University.

Entrance Exam

An official entrance exam score from one of the following exams is required. For details regarding testing locations and registration, please click on the links provided.




*Please note that LSAT scores are only accepted from current Drake University Juris Doctor students.

Entrance Exam Waiver

Successful completion of the GMAT or GRE exam is a requirement for the Master of Business Administration program. The exam may be waived if an applicant meets all of the requirements for one of the waiver options.

Terminal Degree Exam Waiver:

The exam is not required for candidates with a master’s or terminal degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a US regionally accredited institution.

Current CBPA Student Exam Waiver:

The exam is not required for current Drake University CBPA undergraduate students who have completed 90 semester credits (minimum 30 semester credits at Drake University) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Current PharmD Student Exam Waiver:

The exam is not required for current Drake University PharmD students who have completed 90 semester credits (minimum 30 semester credits at Drake University) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

CBPA Alumni Exam Waiver:

The exam is not required for Drake University CBPA undergraduate alumni who graduated within the last five years and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Professional Experience Exam Waiver:

Candidates may be granted an exam waiver with a combination of strong academic performance and a minimum of five years progressive professional experience. Strong academic performance includes 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA from a US regionally accredited institution with at least 9 semester hours of quantitative coursework (math, statistics, economics or other quantitative coursework).

If an applicant does not meet one of the exam waiver options, they will need to complete the GMAT/GRE exam or elect to have their file reviewed for Admission with Conditions.

Admission with Conditions

Admission with Conditions allows individuals to be reviewed for admission and begin graduate studies with a conditional requirement that must be completed successfully to progress in the program. 

Students granted Admission with Conditions may enroll part-time and take up to nine credit hours of coursework to prove strong academic performance.  Strong academic performance includes receiving a grade of B or higher in all courses.  Students will be reviewed at the end of each full semester to confirm that the conditions of their admission have been met. The review will take place if a minimum of six credit hours, including MBA 245, has been completed.

Admission with Conditions is not available to international applicants.

International Student Requirements

International students will require additional documents for admissions.


Completed applications are due by the following dates:

  • Deadline for Spring 2021 - Monday, January 18 at 12:00pm 
  • Application deadlines for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 TBD

Learn more about Drake's graduate programs. Plan to attend an information session, discuss your educational goals with CBPA staff, or apply now.