College of Business and Public Administration

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

Program Options

M.P.A. On-Campus Program

M.P.A. Online Program

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Program Overview

On-Campus Program

To successfully lead a public or non-profit organization in today’s environment, administrators must develop superior executive, public policy, and resource management expertise. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program strives to meet these challenges. Students customize this program by selecting an area of specialization to develop skills best suited to their academic and career goals. The M.P.A. is backed by Drake University’s full resources and reputation.

Online Program

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.


On-Campus Program Requirements

  • Number of credit hours required: Thirty-six hours of credit are required for completion.
  • Required courses

Course

Credits

M.P.A. Core Curriculum

21

MPA 215 - Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations

3

MPA 216 - Managing Human Resources as Assets

3

MPA 217 - Applying Information, Research & Analysis in Nonprofit and Public Environments

3

MPA 220 - Public Budget & Financial Management

3

MPA 221 - Public Organizations & Leadership

3

MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision-Making Analysis

3

MPA 260 - Applying Innovative Solutions to Current Problems

3

M.P.A. Emphasis Area – Select three courses (9 credits) from a group of electives designed to focus on an area of specialization.  Each student also completes two advisor-approved electives, which can be from any of the emphasis areas.  The emphasis areas and corresponding courses include:

Executive Leadership & Collaborative Governance  
MPA 254 – Leadership & Human Capital Development 3
PADM 270 – Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations 3
PADM 273 – Nonprofit Management 3
PADM 280 – Managing Across Sector Boundaries 3
PADM 281 – Program Performance, Evaluation & Management 3
PADM 283 – Comparative Management & Policy Analysis 3
Healthcare Management (online only)  
HLTH 261 – Healthcare Policy 3
HLTH 263 – Healthcare Administration 3
HLTH 264 – Beyond Ethics: Policy & Healthcare 3
HLTH 266 – Healthcare Regulation, Law and Advocacy 3
Individualized – student selects fifteen hours tailored to their unique interests from among the specialization course offerings  
Information Technology Management (online only)  
MBA 245 – Leading with Data 3
MBA 256 – Information Technology & Business 3
MBA 257 – Project Management 3
IS 298 – Cybersecurity Management 3
IS 210 – Business Analytics, Teams & Projects 3
IS 220 – Information Technology Legal & Ethical Issues 3
BLAW 225 – Practical Contract Interpretation 3
Nonprofit Management  
PADM 270 – Foundations of Nonprofit Management 3
PADM 273 – Nonprofit Management 3
PADM 283 – External Resource Development 3
PADM 298 – Special Topics 3
MKTG 298 – Nonprofit Marketing 3
Public Service & Social Policy  
HLTH 261 – Healthcare Policy 3
HLTH 264 – Beyond Ethics: Policy & Healthcare 3
MPA 240 – Values & Ethics in Decision Making 3
PADM 250 – Administrative Evil 3
PADM 281 – Program Performance, Evaluation and Management 3
PADM 287 – Contemporary Workplace & Workforce Issues 3
PADM 298 – Special Topics 3

 


Admission to On-Campus Program

Master of Public Administration applicants must meet the following admission requirements.

  • Graduate Admission Application. Applications may be completed online.
  • Official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework from EVERY institution attended (even if a degree was not earned).
  • Current professional resume.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  • Grade Point Average Criteria: Successful candidates for admission typically have the following minimum graduate point average. Students who do not meet these G.P.A. minimums may contact the Graduate Programs Office of the College of Business and Public Administration for additional information.
    • Undergraduate G.P.A. = 3.00 (upper division and cumulative), and
    • Graduate G.P.A. = 3.00 (cumulative)
  • TOEFL exam: International candidates must submit TOEFL results. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 213 on the computer-based examination, 550 on the paper-based examination, or 79-80 on the internet-based test.
  • Application deadlines:  Applications are reviewed up to one week prior to the start of the term.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials by earlier dates as indicated below to facilitate course enrollment.
    • Fall admission - July 15
    • Spring admission - December 1
    • Summer admission - April 15

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.

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.


Online Program Requirements

Adaptable in its design, students can tailor the degree program to align with their specific goals through career-focused curriculum in areas such as:

Healthcare Management – Gain an understanding of the evolving healthcare landscape through the completion of coursework consisting of healthcare administration, healthcare policy, ethics, law and advocacy and conflict resolution.

Individualized – Combine elective courses to tailor an emphasis that meets your specific needs and career goals.

Information Technology Management – Develop the knowledge and expertise to lead and manage public and nonprofit organizations in a technologically complex environment.

Course

Credits

M.P.A. Core Curriculum

21

MPA 215 - Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations

3

MPA 216 - Managing Human Resources as Assets

3

MPA 217 - Applying Information, Research & Analysis in Nonprofit and Public Environments

3

MPA 220 - Public Budget & Financial Management

3

MPA 221 - Public Organizations & Leadership

3

MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision-Making Analysis

3

MPA 260 - Applying Innovative Solutions to Current Problems

3

M.P.A. Emphasis Area – Select three courses (9 credits) from a group of electives designed to focus on an area of specialization.  Each student also completes two advisor-approved electives, which can be from any of the emphasis areas.  The emphasis areas and corresponding courses include:

15

Healthcare Management

 
HTLTH 261 – Healthcare Policy 3
HLTH 263 – Healthcare Administration 3
HLTH 264 – Beyond Ethics: Policy & Healthcare 3
HLTH 266 – Healthcare Regulation, Law and Advocacy 3
Individualized – student selects fifteen hours tailored to their unique interests from among the specialization course offerings.  
Information Technology Management  
MBA 245 – Leading with Data 3
MBA 256 – Information Technology & Business 3
MBA 257 – Project Management 3
IS 298 – Cybersecurity Management 3
IS 210 – Business Analytics, Teams & Projects 3
IS 220 – Information Technology Legal & Ethical Issues 3
BLAW 225 – Practical Contract Interpretation 3

Admission to Online Program

To apply for admission to Drake’s fully online 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. Transcripts mailed directly to the student must remain in the sealed envelope to be considered.

Mail transcripts to: 

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

Or email:

drakeonlinetranscripts@drake.edu

  • 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

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.