College of Business and Public Administration

Masters Degree Programs

Joint Degree Options

Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration

This degree option allows students to complete their Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in just three years. Students can hone their understanding of the law to better lead their organization, enter into the field of commercial or business law, or deepen their knowledge of the legal implications for your industry.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Public Administration

The combined Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and M.B.A. or M.P.A. programs are designed to maximize job opportunities in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  The programs allow students to complete their M.B.A. or M.P.A. coursework in place of electives within the Pharm.D. curriculum.  It typically takes just an additional semester beyond the pharmacy degree to complete both degrees—rather than two extra years if pursued separately.

Graduates of these joint programs go on to many different administrative and management positions in areas such as hospital practice, academia, consulting, regulatory agencies, independent pharmacy ownership, pharmaceutical industry, and chain pharmacy management.

Graduate Certificates

Drake’s graduate certificates are designed to provide local professionals with the competencies necessary to demonstrate expertise in their chosen area of interest without pursuing a full graduate degree. Upon completing the certificate program, participants should have the ability to design and implement strategies in their chosen area that provide organizations a competitive advantage.

  • Accounting (Governance, Risk, and Compliance)
  • Accounting (Taxation)
  • Business Analytics
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Health Administration and Policy
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate

Accelerated Programs

Undergraduates who intended to pursue a graduate degree complete their undergraduate degree and an M.B.A., M.P.A., or Master of Accounting degree in five years with Drake’s accelerated programs. In an accelerated program, students begin graduate courses after having completed 90 undergraduate credits, typically during their fourth and fifth years. Accelerated programs are open to any undergraduate major.

Interested students should inquire no later than the end of the first semester of their sophomore year. Most students officially apply to the graduate program of their choice prior to the end of third year.

Joint degrees are available to Drake Pharmacy or Law students, which gives students the opportunity to receive their M.B.A. or M.P.A. in conjunction with their degree. 

Accelerated programs are available to current Drake undergraduate students, which allows students to earn their graduate degree in less time.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.