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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. alone. 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 quickly and avoid adverse effects. Manchester University offers the first 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 pharmacy 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. Regardless of your pharmacy career goals, 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? 
4 years to earn the Pharm.D. and MS in PGx. This degree allows 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 do students complete both degrees within four years?
Dual degree students take the bulk of their PGx course work in the summers.  Four PGx courses are taken alongside the Pharm.D. course work during four semesters. Two mandatory PGx courses are be satisfied by the Pharm.D. curriculum. Approximately half of PGx coursework will occur in the online format.

Why Manchester?
Manchester is an innovator in the field of Pharmacogenomics education.  We introduced the first programs in PGx in 2016, and launched the degree online in 2018. The PGx program operates alongside and integrates with our highly successful Doctor of Pharmacy Program on our Fort Wayne, Ind., campus.

How much does the dual degree cost?
Dual degree students pay approximately 1/3 less than MS in PGx students in order to earn the degree. 

When do I apply?
Applicants must already be enrolled in the Pharm.D. program to apply.  Applications to the dual degree program are accepted using an in-house system during the spring of the first year of pharmacy school.

What does the application process look like?
First-year Manchester University pharmacy students who are in good academic standing are encouraged to apply during the spring semester. Application criteria includes Manchester University pharmacy GPA, undergraduate/prerequisite GPA, statements on readiness and interest in the program. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to interview applicants as necessary. 

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 Doctor of Pharmacy Program are eligible to pursue dual degree program 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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