Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharm.D./MBA Dual Degree


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Indiana Tech and Manchester University have partnered to create a dual degree that pairs a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Professional Studies. A Pharm.D./MBA dual degree will distinguish you in an increasingly competitive job market and equip you with knowledge, skills and credentials that will give you flexibility throughout your career. You'll be well-prepared for leadership positions in managed care, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and independent pharmacies.

Why a dual degree?

  • Complete your dual degree in the same four years it takes to earn the Pharm.D., reducing the time and cost of pursuing them separately and putting you into the job market as soon as possible.  
  • Business-related credits earned in Manchester's Pharm.D. Program transfer toward the 30 credits needed for Indiana Tech's MBA Program in Professional Studies, and other Pharm.D. credits can be applied toward MBA elective requirements.
  • Indiana Tech is well known for offering quality MBA coursework in a seamless format that is convenient, flexible and delivered fully online.
  • Manchester University delivers outstanding education in pharmacy, while Indiana Tech’s MBA in Professional Studies gives students a chance to create a customized MBA experience that best fits their personal and professional goals.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of a dual degree?
Combining the Pharm.D. and an MBA through Indiana Tech has the purpose of creating a unique and specially trained set of practitioners. This will be the second dual-degree opportunity for MU Pharm.D. students (MS in PGx), but the first offered in partnership with another institution. 

What is the timeline for the dual degree?
This program will allow students to complete the Pharm.D. degree as well as their MBA degree within the same four-year timeframe as traditional Pharm.D. students. 

How will students be able to complete both degrees within four years?
Ideally, dual-degree students will take online MBA courses through Indiana Tech in the summers between their P1 and P2 years and between their P2 and P3 years.  In their P2 spring, P3 fall and spring, and P4 year, dual-degree students will take one MBA course per semester.  A preferred plan of study is outlined below:

Session 8: Early June through mid July annually
Session 1: Late July through early September annually



Course /Credit Hours



MBA 5050 Executive Leadership (3 credit hours)



MBA 5125 Economic Decision Making for Managers (3 credit hours)



MBA 5140 Accounting and Finance Decision Making for Managers (3 credit hours)



MBA 5225 Marketing and Innovation (3 credit hours)



MBA 5400 Statistical Learning and Analytics (3 credit hours)



MBA 5410 Operations and Technology Management (3 credit hours)



MBA 7000 Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours)



21 credit hours from core

Any courses from the list below can be transferred in as the M.B.A concentration of Professional Studies.  These concentration courses must meet a minimum of 9 credit hours.  A letter grade of C or higher is required for transfer into the Indiana Tech MBA program.

Credit Hours

2PHRM 440 Patient Safety and Informatics
3PHRM 540 Practice and Personnel Management
2PHRM 541 Pharmacy Law
2PHRM 596 Leadership for Pharmacists
2PHRM 597 Leadership: People and Change

How much will the dual degree cost?
The dual-degree cost will equate to the total of the Pharm.D. and MBA degree program costs combined.  However, nine of the 30 required credit hours can be transferred from the Pharm.D. program into the MBA, providing a cost savings to students completing both degrees concurrently. 

It is possible for a student who is concurrently enrolled and eligible at more than one school to receive Federal Direct Loans at each school. In addition to Federal Direct Loans, students may borrow loans through other federal programs (i.e. GradPLUS or private loans) up to the cost of attendance for a single academic program.  Manchester University and Indiana Tech have determined a cost of attendance that includes tuition and fees for both programs, plus living and personal expenses.  This cost of attendance is calculated as the maximum amount of loan eligibility a student has while dually enrolled at both institutions.

What will the application process look like?
First-year pharmacy students in the spring semester who are in good academic standing and have not remediated a course will be encouraged to apply. The application process is outlined here. There is no limit to the number of students that may be accepted into the dual-degree program. Part of the application process will be a review of applicants’ undergraduate and pharmacy GPA. The minimum cumulative GPA for consideration in the MBA program is 2.5.  Applicants below this GPA can apply but must gain approval by the  dean of pharmacy and graduate life sciences to be considered.

Learn more about Indiana Tech's MBA in Professional Studies here.

MU Social Work Program has perfect score on reaccreditation

Sep 1, 2015, 15:34 PM by Site Administrator
Manchester University’s distinctive Social Work Program, which launches graduates into service-oriented careers in the region and throughout the world, has...

Manchester University’s distinctive Social Work Program, which launches graduates into service-oriented careers in the region and throughout the world, has been reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education for an additional eight years, through 2023.

The council granted the undergraduate program perfect reaccreditation, with no requirements for further follow-up reports. Nationally, such a score is rare.
Barb Burdge

“Reaccreditation means that every aspect of our program – from course assignments to field placements, from professors to learning outcomes, from our inclusive atmosphere to our co-curricular offerings – has met or exceeded the national standards of quality established by the council,” said Barb Burdge, Social Work Program director and field instruction coordinator at the University.

The council’s report said MU social work faculty “actively seeks to model affirmation, respect, and understanding of diversity and difference and to create a learning environment in which diversity is valued and nurtured.” It cited offerings, such as half-day workshops celebrating diversity, an off-campus anti-racism retreat, a six-hour workshop on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender awareness, and participation in a three-day seminar in Chicago on racism, human diversity and urban social work.

The report especially noted that the themes of respecting the infinite worth of every individual and striving to improve the human condition do not just apply to the Social Work Program Mission Statement, but are written into the Mission Statement of Manchester University.

Brad YoderLast year, Brad Yoder, a professor of sociology and social work at Manchester, was named Indiana Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers-Indiana Chapter.

Graduates of a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree program like Manchester’s can apply for “advanced standing” in many master of social work programs. Advanced standing is a fast-track option in which students skip the first several MSW classes, saving both time and money. They can also pursue professional licensure at the bachelor’s level. In Indiana, this license is a licensed social worker. To get the LSW, someone must first have the CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree, do two years of full-time professional social work experience and then pass a licensing exam.

Social WorkThe reaccreditation process included an on-campus site review in February. During the visit, the council’s site visitor met with faculty, students and field practicum instructors, as well as University administration. The program has been continuously accredited since 1979, retroactive to 1977.

“MU social work graduates have the professional knowledge, values and skills to help make life better for people who are vulnerable or disenfranchised,” Burdge said. “They are able to empower individuals and families as well as contribute meaningfully toward a more just society through community and political endeavors.”

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at