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Manchester offers nation’s first dual degree in pharmacy, PGx

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Manchester University has officially launched the first and only dual degree in the nation that will graduate students with both Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacogenomics degrees. 

This groundbreaking program will officially begin this upcoming summer.

Pharmacogenomics is one of the newest and most exciting fields of science: personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine. The study of the relationship between an individual’s genes and his or her response to a medication allows physicians and other clinicians to prescribe drugs to maximize therapy early on and avoid or decrease the chance of adverse effects.

“In addition to the expertise that this dual degree will grant, current and future Pharm.D. students will have the added benefit of being able to complete both degrees concurrently and within the same four-year time frame in which traditional Pharm.D. students complete their single degree,” said W. Thomas Smith, professor and dean of Pharmacy Programs at Manchester.

Furthermore, he said, the fusion of these two degrees into a dual degree offering allows for sharing of courses that fulfill both degrees, creating a cost-effective and integrated learning experience that cannot be achieved if each degree is pursued on its own.

“This marks a significant step toward furthering not only Manchester’s distinction and excellence within the pharmacy education landscape but also a monumental advancement in the education of the pharmacist that will promote leaders in the future of personalized medicine,” he said.

Current first-year pharmacy students are eligible to apply.

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About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

March 2018


  • Manchester also offers a one-year traditional or two-year online master’s degree in pharmacogenomics.
  • MU Pharmacy Programs, based at the Fort Wayne campus, are part of the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences at the northern Indiana school. High school students graduating this spring interested in pharmacy as a career are encouraged to apply for the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program.