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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.

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. 

To be eligible for admission to the MPA program, candidates typically have a 3.0 or higher GPA in the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Promising candidates who do not meet this requirement may be granted Admission with Conditions, allowing part-time enrollment in up to nine credit hours of graduate courses. 

Individuals who successfully achieve strong academic performance within those nine credit hours of enrollment will move into full graduate standing. 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 the conditions of their admission have been met. The review will take place if a minimum of six credit hours has been completed.

Admission with Conditions is not available to international applicants.

International Students

International students will require additional documents for admissions.


Completed applications should be submitted by the following dates:

  • Deadline for Spring 2021 - Monday, January 25 at 12:00pm CST
    • If the application is received and complete by January 11, 2021, individuals will be eligible to apply and be reviewed for the Lindquist Scholarship. This scholarship would be applied to the Spring 2021 term tuition only. Additional information and eligibility requirements for this scholarship may be found here.
  • Deadline for Summer 2021 Term 1 - Monday, May 10 at 12:00pm CST
  • Deadline for Summer 2021 Term 2 - Monday, June 28 at 12:00pm CST
  • Deadline for Fall 2021 - Monday, August 23 at 12:00pm CST

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