College of Business and Public Administration

The Drake University College of Business and Public Administration provides a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)  The graduate programs lead to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Accounting (M.Acc.), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A) and Master of Financial Management (M.F.M).

College Vision Statement

The CBPA will offer premier programs that develop future leaders with exceptional analytical and data-driven skills.  We will partner with the central Iowa public and private sectors in developing and promoting excellence in our community. 

College Mission Statement

The CBPA prepares our learners for immediate and enduring success in an increasingly technological, data-driven, and global environment.  With a mix of academically and professionally qualified faculty, we connect theory and practice by bringing the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world.   

Our Promise:

Our graduates will have the skills and experience to thrive in a complex, diverse, and evolving world. They will be:

  • Proficient in their fields
  • Data-driven, strategic problem solvers
  • Effective communicators
  • Ethical stewards
  • Global and multicultural citizens

Independent Study

Each department in the College of Business and Public Administration, as faculty time permits, offers independent study according to the needs and interest of its students. These courses are open to students with the consent of the instructor and associate dean. They provide opportunities for directed or independent study and research in selected topics.

To be eligible for independent study, a student must have completed at least 57 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for all work at Drake and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for all business/economics work completed at Drake. Independent study may be used to earn up to 12 hours of credit toward a degree in business administration.

Areas of Study

Academic Regulations

Graduation Requirements


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.