Master of Public Administration

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Lead the way to a better tomorrow with a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University.

Now offered 100% online, this comprehensive 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. Coursework focuses on critical thinking, ethics, and policy interpretation, giving students the confidence and knowledge to make an immediate impact on the communities in which they serve.

To enhance Drake’s online Master of Public Administration degree, students can choose their own area of emphasis—including executive leadership development, healthcare management, or an individualized track, which allows students to combine elective courses from different subject areas.


Advance your knowledge and gain the skills you need to become an in-demand leader with Drake’s online Master of Public Administration degree. The 36-credit hour program is offered entirely online and emphasizes courses in human resources, public policy, ethics, and decision making. Adaptable in its design, students can tailor the degree program to align with their specific goals through career-focused curriculum in areas such as:

Executive Leadership Development – Develop management skills and learn to lead with confidence through a series of rigorous courses focusing on leadership, negotiation, and conflict resolution. With an emphasis in executive leadership development, graduates can excel in positions such as Executive Director, Communications Manager, Program Director, or City Manager.

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. The healthcare management emphasis will prepare graduates to transition from patient care roles to management positions such as Nurse Manager, Unit Manager, Director of Patient Safety, or Director of Development.

Individualized – Combine elective courses from Drake’s Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Communication programs to tailor an emphasis that meets your specific needs and career goals. This flexible emphasis is ideal for those looking to advance their current skill sets or those with multiple interests.

For a full list of course descriptions and sequence of courses, click here.

About the College of Business & Public Administration

Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration prepares students for immediate and enduring success in a progressively technological, data-driven, and global environment. With a commitment to integrate data analysis, entrepreneurship, and globalization into our curriculum, our graduates are poised to thrive in today’s competitive job market.   

Staying true to our mission of bringing the classroom into the world and the world into the classroom, our graduate degrees are enhanced by our expert faculty and relationships with local business leaders, as well as national and international executives and successful Drake alumni. These experiences put Drake students ahead of the competition come graduation; in fact, our employment outcomes outpace national averages when it comes to placement rates and starting salaries.