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PharmD/MBA Curriculum

The PharmD/MBA Dual Degree Program provides opportunity for students to complete both degrees simultaneously with four full years of study, including summers.

Applicants who have finished their bachelor’s degree and all PharmD prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to enrollment may complete all MBA prerequisites through the Massey School’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) during the summer preceding the fall start of the PharmD/MBA.

During the fall and spring semesters of the first year, students focus primarily on completing PharmD core courses, including Health Care Delivery in the spring which provides credit toward both degrees.

“In our latest CVS Health survey of the recent PharmD grads we’ve hired in the past four years, we asked them to rate a number of necessary areas of responsibility they encounter in their daily work. General business knowledge and management skills ranked as one of the top three areas they felt needed the most growth and additional training. Belmont’s new dual PharmD/MBA program will certainly play a key role in filling an important gap today’s pharmacists are perceiving in themselves as they enter the marketplace and better prepare new graduates to quickly succeed.”

Mollie Allen, Pharm.D., Manager, Professional & College Relations, CVS Health

Students will complete three MBA core courses during the summer at the end of their first year.

Students return to full-time study with PharmD core courses during the fall and spring semesters of the second year. In the spring, students will complete two MBA core courses with evening classes that will also count toward elective credit required for the PharmD.

Three more MBA core courses will be completed during the summer at the end of the student’s second year.

Students begin combining more coursework for both programs during the fall semester of the third year, including two PharmD core courses that take the place of two similar MBA core requirements and two electives that can count for both programs.

Students begin Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during the summer preceding their fourth year and continue through the fall and spring semesters of their final year.  For PharmD/MBA students, select APPE will satisfy the internship requirements of the MBA.  During this final year, students will also complete their final two MBA core courses with classes held during the evenings.

In total, students will complete degree requirements for both programs with 166 total credits, of which 18 credits count for both programs.

Click here for a complete listing of the PharmD MBA dual degree curriculum.


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