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Combined Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

McQuaid, Ms. Jana P.
Graduate Program Director
(804) 828-4622


The Pharm.D./M.B.A. program seeks to prepare pharmacists for careers that encompass pharmacy and business theories and principles. The program is designed to take advantage of efficiencies and electives in both the Pharm.D. and M.B.A. programs. Students in the combined program can earn both degrees and save as much as one year or more over the time required for enrolling in the programs separately.

Students may be admitted in the program during their first year of enrollment in the Pharm.D. program. Applicants must be an enrolled student in the Pharm.D. program, have demonstrated a good academic record and have successfully completed the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

To get both degrees, students will take all pharmacy courses unless waived, the seven business foundation courses, the nine M.B.A. core courses and three elective courses. The elective M.B.A. courses may be taken from pharmacy administration courses at the 600 level, and a combination of a business seminar course and an elective advanced pharmacy practice experience in pharmacy management. The business foundation courses can be taken during the first two years in the pharmacy program with summer session(s). The M.B.A. core courses can be taken during the third and fourth years in the pharmacy program. The business electives can be taken during the fourth and fifth years in the combined program.

Students interested in pursuing the Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration dual degree program must first obtain admission to the Pharm.D. program. Admitted Pharm.D. students who desire to add the M.B.A. degree to their program then must apply to the M.B.A. program. Upon admission to the M.B.A. program, a Pharm.D. student will be considered a dual-degree seeking student. Students generally will register for a mix of School of Business courses and School of Pharmacy courses in their fourth, fifth and sixth semesters of the pharmacy program.

Students categorized as a Pharm.D. student will be charged tuition and fees from the School of Pharmacy and will be eligible to received financial aid awards as Pharm.D. students. Student categorized as M.B.A. students will be charged tuition and fee rates as a graduate student and be eligible to receive financial awards as a graduate student.



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