Dual Degree: Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration
The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a dual-degree program administered by the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Eberhardt School of Business.
This program and the two degrees will prepare you for leadership positions that demand knowledge of health sciences and management concepts. The PharmD/MBA Program can be completed in four years. In the first year, you will primarily study foundation business courses. The remainder of the program is a blending of pharmacy, health science, and management. Research has found high levels of satisfaction among PharmD/MBA graduates and improved career outcomes.
While most students will complete the dual-degree program in this manner, a second option now allows first year PharmD students to apply for the MBA at the end of their first year of the doctor of pharmacy program. If accepted as a current PharmD, you will begin your MBA coursework in the fall of year three and then complete pharmacy rotations in year four. For more information on this option, please contact Dr. Peter Hilsenrath.
PharmD/MBA students complete their healthcare electives with students completing the MBA in healthcare management, which allows for additional perspectives from those developing careers in other sectors of healthcare. In addition, there are experiential opportunities to expand your knowledge beyond the traditional curriculum. For example, Pacific students recently took second place at a competition hosted by the American College of Healthcare Executives with a joint team of students. Also, external funding has facilitated an annual field trip to Washington D.C. which focuses on policy issues in the healthcare industry.
The ultimate goal of the PharmD/MBA program is to provide graduates with skills, knowledge, and practical experience needed for a career that may lead to an executive position in the pharmaceutical industry, with health care organizations, or retail pharmaceutical corporations.
Such positions include:
- Department head in a pharmaceutical manufacturing corporation
- Leadership position in a pharmaceutical distribution organization
- Administrator in a research or managed care department
- Departmental director in a state or federal health care agency
- Director of hospital pharmacy operations
- Operating an independent pharmacy.
Interested applicants should review the prepared Plan of Study in depth to evaluate the fit of their career plans and the Pacific PharmD/MBA Program.
Merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for the MBA portion of this dual-degree program. Scholarships are also available through the Robert M. Long and J.M. Long Foundations for second year PharmD students who demonstrate excellence in the PharmD/MBA program.
External funding has facilited an annual field trip to Washington, DC which focuses on policy issues in the healthcare industry. In addition, the PharmD/MBA program is fortunate to have support from the Joseph M. Long Chair held by Peter Hilsenrath.
According to the article titled "Impact of a Dual PharmD/MBA Degree on Graduates' Academic Performance, Career Opportunities, and Earning Potential" published by the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, where 17 PharmD/MBA graduates were surveyed, dual degree graduates had a somewhat higher GPA than those who completed either a PharmD or MBA. Dual degree students reported a higher number of job interviews and 15 percent higher compensation than those completing the PharmD only.
Students interested in the PharmD/MBA Program must apply and be accepted to both the MBA Program in the Eberhardt School of Business and the PharmD program in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences separately. PharmCAS applicants may apply to the MBA Program with no additional application fee using the new MBA supplemental application for PharmCAS or HAMPCAS applicants. Please contact the MBA Program Office for more details.
Acceptance by one program does not guarantee admission to the other.
Please note that the MBA Program has the following prerequisite course requirements:
Please contact the MBA Program Office if you have any questions about MBA admission requirements.
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