PharmD/MBA

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Ishita Mehta, PharmD/MBA ’17

Drive the business of the pharmaceutical industry forward with the analytical tools and managerial skills necessary to become a leader.

Prepare for a career in retail pharmacy, hospital and health care systems, or pharmaceutical manufacturing. The School of Management and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offer a collaborative program leading to both the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and the MBA degrees.

Be Career Ready

  • Apply analytical skills to understand the delicate balance between patient outcomes and efficiency
  • Develop effective leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Develop practical financial management skills
  • Understand the inter-related role of health care policy development, facility management and strategic planning
  • Immerse yourself in the diverse community of full-time MBAs
  • Network with alumni and leaders from the top health care organizations around the country through the school’s active Health Care Advisory Panel

Timeline

You may apply to both schools simultaneously or during the first or second professional year of your pharmacy program. You will take MBA core and electives in a dedicated year, blending your remaining MBA electives and capstone in your remaining pharmacy years.

Admissions

Apply to Both Schools

Apply separately to both schools. Applications do not have to be submitted concurrently. For MBA admissions, you may submit your PCAT scores in place of the GMAT or GRE. For specific program timeline and curriculum, consult with our Graduate Programs Office before applying.

If you are an Early Assurance (EA) pharmacy student, you will be required to take the GMAT or GRE. The GMAT/GRE requirement for PharmD EA candidates will be waived if you meet the following criteria:

Proof of EA acceptance
Minimum, cumulative graduate (PharmD) GPA of 3.25
A recommendation letter from Karl Fiebelkorn, senior associate dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Total Hour Requirement

School of Pharmacy Credits School of Management Credits
Pharmacy courses


Total
146


146
MBA core courses
MBA electives
MBA internship
Total
27
18
3
48
School of Pharmacy Credits
Pharmacy courses
Total
146
146
School of Management Credits
MBA core courses
MBA electives
MBA internship
Total
27
18
3
48

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341
som-apps@buffalo.edu

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Sequencing of Courses for Dual PharmD/MBA Students

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Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

Second Professional Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGF 611LEC Financial Analysis for Managers

The purpose of this course is to study the financial decisions of the firm. Specifically, the course develops a theoretical framework which is then used to understand and evaluate corporate financial decisions. Topics include present value, capital budgeting techniques, the relationship between expected return and risk, market efficiency, dividend policy, capital structure policy, financial planning, and the management of working capital.

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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 2019


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 2019


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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 2019


Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603.


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611.


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615.


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630.


 • MGT electives (6 credits)

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Rotation/Internship Requirement

A PharmD/MBA student must fulfill six APPE rotations for the PharmD program and 48 credits in the MBA program, including a 3-credit MBA internship. To fulfill the curricular requirements of both schools, you must complete one of the following:

  1. Take one of the PharmD APPE electives (6 hours) to fulfill the MBA internship requirement (3 hours). To fulfill both requirements, choose a rotation that serves both purposes (e.g., HMO, hospital administration, etc.). You must inform the appropriate staff in the Pharmacy Department and your MBA advisor. You must complete a 3-credit MBA elective to fulfill the 48-credit-hour requirement under this option.

  2. Take a 3-credit MBA internship. (Summer internships will require additional MBA tuition and fees per credit hour.) You still must fulfill six APPE rotations for PharmD completion.

To learn more about the Doctor in Pharmacy program, visit the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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