PharmD/MBA

The School of Management and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SoPPS) jointly offer a five-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

The dual program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a four-year PharmD program and a two-year MBA program. Each candidate must meet all degree requirements of each school, except for the reduction in total credit hours.

The program instills the business background and skills necessary to enter leaerdership positions that demand knowledge of health sciences management. It is the longest, most established combined degree program available to our students.

Students wishing to pursue the dual degree program should provide separate applications and be admitted to SoPPS. Application to both schools may be simultaneous, or currently admitted students may opt for the dual degree program during the first or second year professional year of their respective program. Admission will be limited to students who have demonstrated superior capabilities. Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after completion of the first professional pharmacy year to be officially considered for the program. Applications for the MBA program must be submitted online through the School of Management MBA admissions website. Information and personal advisement are available at the Graduate Programs Office in 203 Alfiero Center, North Campus.

Total Hour Requirements

  Credits
Management Core
Management Electives
Pharmacy Hours
Total
27
21
126
171

Sequencing of Courses for Dual PharmD/MBA Students

Undergraduate Years - follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences first Pre-pharmacy curriculum.

Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

First Professional Year

Fall and Spring Semester

Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences First Professional Year curriculum

Second Professional Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 611LEC Fin Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students¿ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630


 • MGT electives (6 credits)

Third Professional Year

Fall Semester

 • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (16 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)

Spring Semester

 • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (16 credits)

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


Fourth Professional Year

Fall Semester

 • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (14 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (6 credits)

Spring Semester

 • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (13 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (6 credits)

Fifth Professional Year

Fall and Spring Semester

 • Six Experiential Rotations
 • Each rotation is for six weeks
 • Each rotation is worth six hours

+Students are not required to enroll in a pharmacy track and take pharmacy electives.

Rotation/Internship Requirement

A PharmD/MBA student must fulfill 6 APPE rotations for the PharmD program and 48 credits in the MBA program including a 3 hour MBA internship. To fulfill the curricular requirements of both schools the student must complete the following:

  1. Take one of the PharmD APPE electives (6 hours) to fulfill the MBA internship requirement (3 hours). To fulfill both requirements the student must pick a rotation that serves both purposes (e.g., HMO, Hospital administration etc). The student must inform the appropriate staff in the Pharmacy department and their MBA Advisor in the School of Management. It should be noted that the student must complete a 3 hour MBA elective course to fulfill the 48 credit hour requirement under this option.

    OR
  2. Take a 3 hour MBA internship. Student is required to pay the appropriate MBA tuition if this is a summer internship. Students still must fulfill 6 APPE rotations for PharmD completion.

GMAT/GRE and PCAT

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required for all applicants, except Early Assurance students (incoming freshmen who enter UB directly from high school as intended pharmacy majors). If you have taken the PCAT, you may submit the PCAT score report to fulfill the GMAT/GRE requirement. If you have not taken the PCAT, you must submit a GMAT or GRE score report.

For an application to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences program and more detailed information, please visit the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences website.