Program Goals & Objectives
The goal of the PharmD/MBA Joint Degree program is to educate students to assume responsibilities as executives and managers in the pharmaceutical industry and in health care delivery systems that provide pharmacy services to patients. The programs directed toward providing didactic and experiential education to students that will allow them to: (1) understand of the major functional areas in administering organizations and managing patient care systems; and, (2) design and implement strategies and policies that produce effective management practices within changing health care environments.
This program leads to a single degree (PharmD/MBA) awarded jointly by the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy and the Rinker School of Business. No degree is awarded until the student completes the entire program and meets all requirements of the PharmD/ MBA joint degree. Candidates must first secure entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in the School of Pharmacy. After successful completion of the first year of professional pharmacy coursework and the pre-requisite business courses required for prospective MBA students, pharmacy students may apply to the Rinker School of Business for admission to the PharmD/MBA joint degree program. Upon admission to the joint degree program, students continue in the PharmD curriculum while beginning to complete business course requirements as time and schedules permit.
PharmD/MBA Admission Requirements
Before applying to the Rinker School of Business for admission to the PharmD/MBA joint degree program, the candidate must secure a letter of recommendation from the Dean of the School of Pharmacy indicating that the student is in good academic standing and possesses academic ability and professional bearing sufficient to succeed in the program. Pharmacy students will not be permitted to enroll in the PharmD/MBA joint degree program without written authorization from the Dean.
Admission to PharmD/MBA joint degree program is very selective. Pharmacy students should express their interest in this program during the first professional year and seek the advice of their advisors, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, and the Director of the MBA program in the Rinker School of Business. Applicants who have at least a 3.0 grade point average or higher and a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score greater than 500 are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants may take the GMAT at any time prior to applying for the program in the second professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Applicants for admission must submit satisfactory scores on the GMAT as well as transcripts for all previous academic work. Details regarding the GMAT can be obtained at www.gmac.com.