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To apply for the Master of Communication Leadership

Students must have a minimum of five years of professional experience or a waiver of this requirement from the graduate committee based upon factors such as demonstrated leadership competency, responsibility, and potential.

Application materials for Drake University’s Master of Communication Leadership must include all elements below. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduate Committee will begin reviewing applications March 1. Consideration will continue until July 1 on a space-available basis.

  • Drake Graduate Admission Application.
  • $50 U.S. application fee – waived for students who have previously applied to Drake
  • Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended, including summer terms
  • A copy of your current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • 3-5-page essay*
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). We will also accept Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional contacts.
  • Interview with a member of the graduate committee.

* The essay should identify someone you feel is an effective leader and the qualities that make her or him successful. This could be a global or national personality, someone within your industry or organization, or even a person you know from personal interactions Use a specific example and explain what he or she did to demonstrate effectiveness as a leader. This should be no longer than five pages double-spaced, with no endnotes or footnotes.

Mail to:
Drake University
Graduate Programs
Aliber 211
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

You can also send your resume, essay, and letters of recommendation to


For more information, contact Kathleen Richardson, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication ( or 515-271-2295) or administrative assistant Shari Tenney at 515-271-3194.