Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharmacy/Pharmacogenomics Dual-Degree Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Dual Degree FAQs


What is the Pharm.D./PGx Dual Degree?
By enrolling in the Pharm.D./PGx Dual Degree program, you can earn both a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) and a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics (MS in PGx) in the same timespan it takes to complete your Pharm.D. only. With the knowledge you’ll gain in pharmacogenomics, you’ll add a skillset possessed by relatively few others.

What is pharmacogenomics (PGx)?
Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is a revolutionary application of science that studies the relationship between an individual’s genes and his or her response to a medication. This allows physicians and other clinicians to prescribe drugs to maximize therapy early on and avoid or decrease the chance of adverse effects. Manchester University offers the only dual degree program in the country focusing on this “here and now,” cutting-edge field.

What’s the value of adding a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics to my Pharm.D. degree?
The future of advanced pharmaceutical practice demands a new type of practitioner. Manchester’s Pharm.D/PGx dual degree layers precision medicine atop traditional medication therapy management to train the next generation of pharmacists to best meet the needs of comprehensive patient care.

Whether you want to explore the clinical side of the pharmacy field or enter community pharmacy care, the dual degree provides that crucial “extra piece” in your training, and when you graduate, you’ll stand out to potential employers in a highly competitive and constantly evolving field.

What is the timeline for the dual degree?
This degree will allow current Manchester University pharmacy students to complete the Pharm.D. degree as well as the MS in PGx degree within the same four-year time frame as traditional Pharm.D. students. 

How will students be able to complete both degrees within four years?
Dual degree students will take PGx courses in the summers between their first-year pharmacy (P1) and second-year pharmacy (P2) years and between their  second-year pharmacy (P2) and  third-year pharmacy (P3) years, along with one course per semester in the spring of the P2 year, fall of of the P3 year, spring of the P3 year and fall of the fourth (P4) year. 

As pharmacology and pharmacokinetics are integral to the Pharm.D. curriculum, these two courses (which are mandatory in the MS in PGx degree) will be satisfied by the Pharm.D. curriculum. Therefore, before the MS in PGx degree is awarded, students must successfully complete the Pharm.D. degree. Approximately half of PGx coursework will occur in the online format.

PGx Academic Calendar for 2018-19

Summer 2018

May 23

Aug 24

Fall 2018

Aug 29

Dec 14

Spring 2019

Jan 29

May 17

Why Manchester?
Manchester University is a place where bold vision, outstanding educational opportunities and a mission that includes improving the human condition have always been paramount. Manchester is an innovator in the field of Pharmacogenomics, introducing the world’s first master’s program in 2016, and following up a year later with an online program. The PGx program operates alongside and integrates with our highly successful Doctor of Pharmacy Program on our Fort Wayne, Ind., campus.

How much will the dual degree cost?
Courses that are taken during the fall or spring semesters, with the normal Pharm.D. courses, put the students above our billable credit hour per semester, and thus not billed extra. Courses that are taken during the summer semesters and during the P4 year will be billed at the PGx rate of approximately $880/credit hour. The additional cost for earning the MS as part of the dual degree is approximately $17,600. For perspective, the non-dual degree MS in PGx costs $29,920. Dual degree students will be earning the MS degree for approximately 2/3 of what students pay who are independently enrolled.

When do I apply?
Applicants must first apply to the Pharm.D. program alone using the PharmCAS system, and then apply for the MS program in the spring of their first year of pharmacy school, using an in-house system.

What will the application process look like?
First-year Manchester University pharmacy students who are in good academic standing will be encouraged to apply during the spring semester. Application criteria includes pharmacy GPA, undergraduate GPA, statements on readiness and interest in the program, as well as an interview with the candidate.

Do I need to complete an bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the MS in PGx with Pharm.D.?
Students admitted to Manchester University’s pharmacy program are eligible to pursue dual degree without first completing an undergraduate degree, but will not be awarded the MS in PGx until all Pharm.D. requirements have been met and the Pharm.D. is conferred.

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