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Pharmacy MBA dual degree

Indiana Tech and Manchester partner on dual pharmacy MBA program

pharmacyIndiana Tech and Manchester University have partnered to launch a new program that allows Manchester pharmacy doctoral program students to concurrently earn a Master of Business Administration in Professional Studies at Indiana Tech.

“This means essentially that our students can complete their Pharm.D. and MBA in four years, getting them into the job market as soon as possible with knowledge, skills and credentials that give them flexibility throughout their careers,” said W. Thomas Smith, dean of pharmacy and graduate life sciences at Manchester.

“The dual Pharm.D.-MBA program will develop and distinguish students in an increasingly competitive job market,” he said. Those enrolling in the dual-degree program will likely pursue areas that include managed care, institutional settings including hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and independent pharmacies. In addition, he said, pharmacists possessing both degrees will be better positioned to fill leadership positions as pharmacists. 

“This is an ideal situation for students to simultaneously earn two highly valued degrees that will have a significant impact on their careers,” said Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech’s vice president for enrollment management. “Manchester University delivers outstanding education in pharmacy and Indiana Tech is well known for offering quality MBA coursework in a seamless online format. We have created an opportunity that is very achievable for busy students.”

The new agreement guarantees a transfer of business-related elective credits earned by Manchester pharmacy graduates into the 30 required for Indiana Tech’s MBA in Professional Studies. The arrangement also reduces the time needed to earn both degrees—as opposed to pursuing them separately—and offers students a cost savings, based on some Pharm.D. credits fulfilling elective requirements for the MBA.

“We thank Indiana Tech for working with Manchester University to combine two established programs that will benefit our graduates for years to come,” said Manchester President Dave McFadden.

“We, too, are happy to collaborate with a strong regional university to meet the needs of students and help them strengthen their careers,” said Indiana Tech President Karl W. Einolf. “This is a very exciting time for Manchester University and Indiana Tech.”

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Indiana Tech | Indiana Tech is a comprehensive university that educates students beyond its home base of Fort Wayne, Indiana, with 16 regional campuses and online programs that meet the needs of students worldwide. Our private, not-for-profit university specializes in career-oriented degree programs in business, engineering, health sciences, computer sciences, criminal justice and health care administration. Since 1930, we’ve been preparing students for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society, and motivating them toward lives of significance and worth.
Manchester University | Manchester offers a four-year doctoral program that leads to awarding of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). The Pharmacy Program makes its home on Manchester's Fort Wayne campus and graduated its inaugural class in 2016. Deeply rooted in the University’s mission, pharmacy at Manchester means dynamic learning and forward-looking education. Students are supported holistically on their way to becoming professionals who make a difference in their communities and for the individuals they serve. Above all, Manchester pharmacy students graduate to practice patient-centered care with a commitment to integrity, service and a goal for a greater good.

June 2021