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.

January 2018 ITS Newsletter No. 2

Jan 26, 2018, 16:02 PM by Michael Case

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Release:  January 2018; Issue: 2018-002

We’ve seen some topics arise since our most recent newsletter, so we thought it appropriate to distribute a new one. 

Planned Internet Outage Sunday

Our Internet Service Provider (ISP), I-Light, is working to improve further our intercampus redundancy starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday night, January 28th, and finished by 2 a.m. on Monday, January 29th.    

We’ll keep you informed if anything changes and send reminders before we complete the work.

Need Help?  Contact Help Desk

Phone:  260-470-2727 (Fort Wayne), 260-982-5454 (North Manchester)
Location:  Fort Wayne 121 & North Manchester Clark 109

SIP Trunking

Like all industries, the IT industry has many acronyms.  SIP stands for Session Initiated Protocol.  That doesn’t really explain anything, does it?  However, this spring, we’ll transition from traditional dial-tone phone service to SIP trunking to place phone calls off campus.  We’ll send more specifics as we know them but, until then, we anticipate the transition to occur in March.

What Is SIP Trunking?

Most traditional phone systems use dedicated wires to transmit and receive phone call data (voice, fax, etc.).  With SIP trunking, the system uses Internet bandwidth.  If you’re familiar with the company Vonage and their services, the concept is analogous.  We currently use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to place calls around and between campuses.  Now, we’ll essentially extend VoIP outside our network walls.

Why SIP Trunking?

We are constantly looking to reduce costs.  SIP trunking represents a substantial annual savings over traditional phone service. 

Will SIP Trunking Impact Internet Performance?

No.  We have what is called a 10Gb connection (really big) to I-Light, our Internet Service Provider.  Of that only 700Mb (still big but not as big) is dedicated to commodity Internet and, thus, access to Facebook, Canvas, Netflix, etc.  The rest of our bandwidth connects the two campuses and both campuses to Internet2, a more focused network than the Internet.  Our SIP trunk accesses the bandwidth outside of our commodity Internet.

As a Caller, Will I See a Difference?

No.  You’ll place and receive phone calls as before, and your call quality remains identical to traditional phone service.

New SpartanPrint Testing Ongoing

We are currently testing Lanier printers (aka Ricoh) from a company called Advanced Imaging.  The printers are currently in the Administration building basement and will proceed to other locations tentatively based on the following schedule:

Admissions:  1/31 – 2/2
Academic Center:  2/5 – 2/7
Funderburg:  2/8 – 2/9
Science Center:  2/12 – 2/14 (Happy Valentine’s Day)
Intercultural Center:  2/15 – 2/16
Winger:  2/19 – 2/20
Jo Young Switzer Center:  2/21 – 2/23
PERC:  2/26 – 2/28
Fort Wayne:  3/5 – 3/9

Unless advised otherwise, Advanced Imaging is supplying training the day the equipment moves to its new location.  The training occurs at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Subsequent vendors—there are now five others—will follow a similar schedule.  At the end of each vendor’s trial, we’ll send a survey to collect your thoughts on what you found.  IMPORTANT NOTEThe demo is only as valuable as your input.  Please test the printers as they move around the campuses and provide us your feedback.  Include special forms or paper stock in your testing.  Please help us make the best choice possible regarding the printer equipment.

If you want to participate on the SpartanPrint selection committee, please let me know as soon as possible by clicking here.

EMPLOYEES:  Area Code Fraud Update

Due to recent fraudulent activity, we have reinstated call blocks on some area codes.  Click here for a list of blocked international country codes.  If you need to place an international call, please contact Help Desk to request an exemption.

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