Des Moines, Iowa
Founded in 1881, Drake University is a highly ranked private, independent university that is nationally recognized for teaching excellence and academic reputation within a student-centered learning environment. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and professional programs are accredited by their corresponding professional associations. Drake's faculty members are very accessible for advising and mentoring, and the overall student-faculty ratio is 14:1. More than 94 percent of the faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
Approximately 1,900 students are enrolled in Drake's graduate, law, and pharmacy programs. Of those, approximately 900 are full-time law and pharmacy students. Graduate programs other than law and pharmacy offer the majority of courses either in the evening or on weekends, which allows many adults who are working full-time to pursue their degree while continuing to work. Students find that attendance with other professionals in the area brings an added dimension to their experience, as does attending class with 260 international students representing almost sixty countries. Faculty members are available to assist and advise students and to supervise their research. Classes are small enough to allow for maximum interaction.
Drake alumni live in all fifty states and many other countries and hold positions as corporate CEOs, teachers, journalists, and state supreme court justices. Drake graduates are leaders in their fields, including education, business, journalism, pharmacy, and law. Upon graduation, students who are currently working and attending classes on a part-time basis are prepared to advance within their companies or to seek other opportunities. Those not yet in the work world are not only prepared for their first employment opportunity, but also for advancement beyond their first position. Drake is known for educating students for the variety of careers they may have throughout their lifetimes and for teaching students to be flexible and manage and create positive change. The graduating class of 2001-02 had an overall placement rate of 98.1 percent.
The Location and Community
Drake University's scenic campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Des Moines, a medium-sized city of 400,000 people. As Iowa's capital and largest city, Des Moines is a metropolitan center for business (especially insurance), government, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, and the arts. The quality of life is enriched by the people of Iowa, who are noted for their friendliness, honesty, strong work ethic, and educational values. The Des Moines International Airport, which is served by major airlines, is just 15 minutes by car from the safe campus, and the University's 150-acre community is within 10 minutes of downtown Des Moines. Des Moines was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the country's fifteen "super cities" where "people are moving and opportunity is knocking." Because of its central U.S. location, the climate in Iowa has a cycle of four distinct seasons.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
Drake University offers top-quality programs leading to master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The College of Business and Public Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), and the Master of Accounting (M.Acc.). The M.B.A. program, accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the M.P.A. may be combined with a degree in law or pharmacy. Although the joint programs require full-time enrollment, students seeking graduate programs within the College of Business and Public Administration only may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis, since most courses are offered as evening classes.
Many degree programs and numerous endorsements are available through the School of Education. Degrees include the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.), which are designed to help individuals become certified elementary or secondary school teachers while earning a master's degree. Additional degrees include the Master of Science (M.S.) in rehabilitation administration; rehabilitation counseling; rehabilitation placement; community counseling; and adult learning, performance, and development. Also offered are the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in counseling (elementary and secondary); community agency counseling; educational leadership (elementary and secondary); early childhood education; effective teaching, learning, and leadership; and special education. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) are offered in education leadership.
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and joint programs. Drake Law School, one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the country, offers the J.D. and joint programs. Through joint degree programs, students may obtain a degree in law combined with advanced degrees in business, public administration, political science, social work, or agricultural economics.
Facilities & Resources
State-of-the-art physical facilities are available in many disciplines. The recently constructed Pharmacy and Science Hall provides students with technologically advanced research resources. Cowles Library, the main university library, holds more than 500,000 volumes and an extensive collection of database searching facilities. Computer labs are available in both the Cowles and Law Library as well as a 24-hour lab in the Dial Computer Center. Opperman Hall and Law Library, built in 1993, has won several architectural and design awards and has received international recognition.
Expenses and Aid
Tuition within the College of Business and Public Administration and the School of Education is charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The M.B.A. and Master of Accounting programs are currently $578 per-credit-hour; the M.P.A. and programs within the School of Education are now $436 per-credit-hour. Students attending the Pharm.D. or Law degree programs are generally full-time students and are charged the current full-time tuition rate of $31,730 (Pharm.D.) and $33,900 (Law).
The Office of Student Financial Planning offers financial information and services to graduate students. Graduate assistantships are available in a limited number of fields and are administered and awarded through application to specific departments. Student loans (for U.S. citizens only) and part-time employment, both on and off campus, are also available. The Office of Student Financial Planning also has information about other scholarship possibilities. Students working for companies that offer tuition assistance may enroll in the Employer Tuition Deferment Plan. This plan provides the option of a delayed payment based on the anticipated tuition reimbursement provided by the student's employer.
The cost of living in the Des Moines area is low compared to many metropolitan areas, particularly in housing expenses. Numerous apartment options are available within the Drake neighborhood and are within walking distance of the campus. On-campus adult student housing is quite limited, with one residence hall offering both one- and two-bedroom apartments. Off-campus rent varies but generally ranges from $500 to $850 per month.
How to Apply / Application
Applications may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below or online at https://www.applyweb.com/aw?drakeg. A graduate information request form is available at http://www.drake.edu/admissions/inquiry/graduate.html. Most programs offer rolling admission; however, applications to the doctoral programs and certain other programs do have specific deadlines. Some programs also offer admission for the fall term only; most consider students for fall, spring, and summer admission. Students must submit the application for admission, application fee, official transcripts from each college or university previously attended, and appropriate entrance examination official score reports (when required) as well as any additional information specified by the department to which the student is applying.
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