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:
Complete and digitally sign our online Application for Admission and pay the $50 application fee.
The application fee is waived for Drake alumni and current students.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
International students will require additional documents for admissions.
Completed applications are due by the following dates: