College of Business and Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Program Options

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Program Overview

The online M.P.A. program prepares students to navigate the evolving landscape of public administration with the tools to strategically solve problems, analyze policies, and meet public service needs at the local, state, and federal level, as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors.  Drawing on the expertise of the College of Business and Public Administration’s renowned faculty, the Drake MPA curriculum is enriched by experiential learning, team collaboration, and real-world scenarios.

Program Requirements

The M.P.A. is designed for the working professional to be completed with 30 credit hours with a focus in either public and nonprofit management or healthcare management. Pre-professional or early career students will complete an additional 6 credit hours (36 credit hours total) as outlined.



M.P.A. Core Curriculum (required for all students)


MPA 215 -  Foundations of Public Service


MPA 216 - Human Resources Development


MPA 217 - Applied Research Methods for Public Administration


MPA 220 - Public Budget &  Finance


MPA 221 - Public Organizations & Leadership


MPA 228 – Resource Development & Program Performance


MPA 260 -  Capstone Experience


M.P.A. Specialization Area –  Select one area of specialization.The specialization areas and corresponding courses include:


Public & Nonprofit Management


PADM 245 Public Policy


PADM 287 Public Management


PADM 273 Nonprofit Management


Healthcare Management


HLTH 261 – Healthcare Policy


HLTH 263 – Healthcare Administration


HLTH 266 – Healthcare Regulation & Compliance


Additional courses for pre-professional/early career students


PADM 293 – Public Service Internship


Select one leadership development course from the following:

BUS 212 Executive Leadership 3
BUS 283 – Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 3
MBA 240 – Corporate Governance & Ethics  3
MBA 254 – Leadership & Human Capital Development  3
IS 210 – Business Analytics, Teams and Projects  3



To apply for admission to Drake’s Master of Public Administration program:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. Official transcripts are prepared and sent by the institution in question and received by Drake University in a sealed envelope.

Mail transcripts to: 

Drake University
C/O Wiley Education Services
851 Trafalgar Court
Suite 420 West
Maitland, FL 32751

Or email:

  • Submit an electronic copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit a typed, one-page essay detailing how a graduate education at Drake University will help you reach your academic and professional goals.
  • Submit contact information for two professional recommendations.

International Students
If a student earned her/his undergraduate degree outside of the United States, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Scores dated within the last two years are acceptable and must be reported directly from the testing agency. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 213 on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper-based exam, or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. Minimum scores on each section of reading, writing, speaking and listening may be required.

Transfer Credits
Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours from another accredited graduate program. All transfer credits must be earned with a grade of B- or higher, must directly relate to the program of study, and must fall within the 5-year time frame for program completion. Transfer credits will be applied to the degree program upon successful completion of at least one term of enrollment in the program.


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, has been completed. 

Admission with Conditions is not available to international applicants.

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.