Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharm.D./MBA Dual Degree

PharmD-and-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


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Session

Course /Credit Hours

1

8

MBA 5050 Executive Leadership (3 credit hours)

1

1

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

2

8

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

2

1

MBA 5225 Marketing and Innovation (3 credit hours)

3

8

MBA 5400 Statistical Learning and Analytics (3 credit hours)

3

1

MBA 5410 Operations and Technology Management (3 credit hours)

4

8

MBA 7000 Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours)

4

1

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

Course
2PHRM 440 Patient Safety and Informatics
3PHRM 540 Practice and Personnel Management
2PHRM 541 Pharmacy Law
4APPE
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.

December 2017 ITS Newsletter

Dec 6, 2017, 16:11 PM by Michael Case

Issue:  December 2017 2017-004

While some programs finished their fall semester work, your ITS team wants to produce its December newsletter early to provide the information before most students and employees depart.  While we hope you find the information below helpful, we have a more important message:  Happy Holidays to you, your friends, and family!!!

Planned Internet Outage (UPDATED)

Our Internet Service Provider (ISP), I-Light, planned to perform necessary router maintenance on December 1st with December 3rd as a backup date.  Neither date worked for I-Light.  As a result, the I-Light engineers intend to perform the upgrade on December 8th from midnight to 6 a.m.

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 (REPEATED)

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.

Net Neutrality

You have probably heard about net neutrality in recent weeks.  Without wading into the pros and cons of net neutrality, we do want to share some thoughts we received from our ISP, I-Light.

“Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all traffic equally. The intent is to ensure ISPs don’t create an anticompetitive Internet. Here are some examples of anti-net neutrality behaviors and their consequences:

  • Your ISP strikes a revenue-sharing deal with Amazon Prime video. They [your ISP] ensures Amazon’s Prime video receives a higher priority, which sometimes causes lower priority video, such as Netflix, to freeze. [disadvantages Netflix customers]
  • Verizon doesn’t count streaming music from Pandora and iTunes against your data plan. However, they do count music from Amazon against your data plan. [disadvantages Amazon Music customers]
  • Comcast sells a voice over IP service. To stifle competition, they block other VoIP providers.

Indiana GigaPoP (a major Internet and Internet2 access system) and I-Light ’s Internet connectivity comes from several different providers. Indiana GigaPoP and I-Light essentially creates a blend of Internet access to meet its users’ requirements. This effort gives Indiana GigaPoP and I-Light some ability to provide a Net Neutral Internet service to its members. However, there are limits. If ISPs started restricting access or serving some traffic better than others, it could affect Indiana GigaPoP and I-Light member’s unobstructed access to Internet services.”

New Account Feature

We will now alert you when your network password is about to expire.  We will not ask for your password (!!!), but we’ll direct you to change your password.  You should start to receive the email notice up to fourteen (14) days before the password expires.  You will receive this notice and can change your password even if you’re not on either campus.

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