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.

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

GMAT (or GRE) score reports are normally required with application to the MBA program.  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. Candidates may also be granted a GMAT 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 with at least 9 semester hours of quantitative coursework (math, statistics, economics or other quantitative coursework) or
  • 3.0 gpa in a minimum of two Pre-MBA courses including a B or better in MBA 245 (grades of C+ or below are not eligible for waiver)

To be considered for a GMAT waiver, candidates must submit the balance of their application materials for review.  Upon review, candidates will be notified if the GMAT is waived or must be submitted for final admission consideration.  Additional information may be requested before a final waiver decision is made.

Current Drake CBPA students and recent alums (within the last five years) and current Pharmacy students interested in the joint degree option may also have the GMAT waived if meeting one of the following:

  • Current Drake CBPA student with cumulative gpa of 3.25 or higher and 90 semester hours completed
  • Drake CBPA alumnus within the last five years with cumulative gpa of 3.25 or higher
  • Current College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences student (P1 or beyond) with cumulative gpa of 3.25 or higher and at least 30 semester hours completed at Drake.

International Student Requirements

International students will require additional documents for admissions.


Completed applications are due by the following dates:

  • January 1 for classes starting in spring (January)
  • April 15 for classes starting in summer (May/June)
  • August 1 for classes starting in fall (August) 

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