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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

First Professional Year

  • Fall and Spring Semester
    • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences First Professional Year curriculum

Second Professional Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGA 603 Financial Accounting for Managers (2 credits - first 7 weeks) 
    • MGB 610 Organizational Behavior (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGB 611 Team Skills (1 credit - 14 weeks)
    • MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGO 695 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGG 635 Management Communications (1.5 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGM 615  Marketing for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers (1 credit - 14 weeks)
  • Spring Semester
    • MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGE 604 Business Economics (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGO 620 Operations Management (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGO 640 Business Strategy (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGS 605 It Management (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGT electives (6 credits)

Third Professional Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (16 credit hours)
    • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • Spring Semester
    • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (16 credit hours)
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions (1 credit - 14 weeks)
    • MGO 644 Business Practice (1 credit - 14 weeks)

Fourth Professional Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (14 credit hours)
    • MGX XXX MBA Elective (6 credits)
  • Spring Semester
    • Follow School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum (13 credit hours)
    • 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.