Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharm.D./MBA Dual Degree


Prepare yourself for the business of pharmacy.

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.

November 2017 ITS Newsletter for Employees

Dec 3, 2017, 11:40 AM by Michael Case

Issue:  November 2017 2017-003

Planned Internet Outage

Our ISP, I-Light, is planning on comprehensive outage on Friday, December 1st, from midnight to 6 a.m.  The I-Light engineers are upgrading multiple core routers in succession.  The effort may not take all six hours, but the group reserves that window.  If I-Light cannot complete the work on the 1st for whatever reason, the I-Light team will complete the work on December 3rd, presumably during the same time window.

Freebies from Microsoft

We repeat the following from September, but the information bears repeating.

OneDrive for Business – Microsoft provides all faculty, staff, and students with 1Tb (that’s a lot) of online storage.  Using the OneDrive for Business client (available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android), access your documents from anywhere including a browser.

Office Pro Plus – Microsoft also provides free licensing of its Office suite.  The suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.  You can download the software from the Office 365 portal online at  You are licensed to use Office on up to 5 desktops or laptops AND 5 phones or tablets.

Available Online Office Training – There are two ways to obtain free Microsoft Office training.  Microsoft produced this site, Office 365 Training Center, for all Office 365 customers.  We are Office 365 customers.  For more comprehensive training, we enrolled in Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, a collection of courses across Microsoft’s product line to include Office.  To access Imagine Academy, please email Help Desk.

A New SpartanPrint Is Coming

By the end of the academic year, we’ll have decided on the technology to provide printing services to both campuses.  Codenamed SpartanPrint v3.0, we’re evaluating how everyone/anyone interacts with the main printers on campus.  We’re considering such features as color and stapling, scanning, copying, and more.  We’re interested in the printer’s physical interface, the way one logs into a printer, and more.  Finally, we’re considering different hardware and software vendors.

In the coming weeks, possibly as early as December 11th, we’ll have demo units on campus.  You’ll be able to test the printers yourself and provide us feedback.

If you want to participate in the selection committee, please email Help Desk.  Likewise, if you have suggestions to improve the current SpartanPrint system, please email Help Desk.

ChetAdvisor, Modern Browsers, and a Known Bug

ChetAdvisor works differently for different MU constituents.  Students register for classes, check their transcript, and more.  Faculty members review budgets, check class rosters, enter grades, and more.  Staff members review budgets and more.  However, as users access ChetAdvisor in a tab in an open browser window, failure to close the window can cause an error to appear.  Closing the ChetAdvisor tab is not sufficient.

If you don’t close the window containing ChetAdvisor, you will eventually receive an error message that warns that you reached the cookie limit.  While this error might harken one back to the days when mom strove to maintain your appetite for supper, in this case, cookies are tools of the Internet.  To avoid this issue, we strongly recommend that you open a new browser window for any ChetAdvisor instance you intend to open.  For example, in Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and choose New window. 

Contributions Welcome

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