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Advanced study in business administration and pharmacy is available through a dual degree program sponsored by the School of Business and School of Pharmacy.

The dual degree Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy program allows students to earn two degrees with a minimum of 191 graduate credits rather than the 200 graduate credits necessary if the two degrees were pursued separately. This efficiency lowers the overall cost of tuition while also reducing time to earning both degrees.

Students must complete their first year of the Pharm.D. program in good standing before considering the dual degree program. A recommendation from the School of Pharmacy is required to be submitted with the M.B.A. application.

Prerequisite and/or foundation courses may effectively increase the number of credits needed to earn the degrees.

Program goals

The objectives of this dual degree program are to:

  • Prepare pharmacy graduates to be effective leaders and managers in organizations
  • Equip pharmacy graduates with tools and techniques that optimize managerial decisions
  • Provide the ability to organize, synthesize and analyze information for decision-making to achieve strategic organizational goals
  • Develop managerial skills necessary to design and implement effective governance mechanisms in organizations
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills critical to business including communication and presentation skills, leadership and management, and situational awareness, among others

Among the many benefits offered by participation in the dual degree program are the following: 

  • Complementing the technical knowledge obtained in the pharmacy program with general management skills obtained in the M.B.A.
  • Enhanced ability to effectively compete for managerial positions across a wide spectrum of levels in today’s organizations  
  • Enhanced job prospects particularly for candidates intending to switch careers or striving to move up within their organizations
  • The ability to effectively complete both degrees within a shorter time frame with considerable time and tuition savings through the 12 dual-counted credits

The diplomas for this dual degree program may be awarded sequentially or simultaneously. Students are not required to begin both programs in the same semester, but must be enrolled in both degrees for at least one semester prior to graduation from either program for credits to be shared across programs.

Student learning outcomes

See each degree program page for student learning outcomes.

Other information


A program manager and/or faculty adviser from each program will serve as an adviser and administrative liaison for students. They will assist in developing a plan of study to meet the curriculum requirements of both programs.