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.

October 1, 2018:  ITS Newsletter

Oct 1, 2018, 14:54 PM by Michael Case

Need Help?  Contact Help Desk

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

Internet Outage Announced

Our Internet service provider (ISP) informed us that they must perform maintenance on the part of the network that services the Fort Wayne campus.  We anticipate outages on the Fort Wayne campus during their maintenance windows:

  • Early tomorrow morning (Tuesday) from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday morning from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
  • Thursday morning from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

MU Account Lockouts

With all of the Microsoft apps that you use, you may occasionally find yourself locked out.  We’re working with Microsoft to investigate the cause.  The most likely cause is that you recently changed your password, and one or more apps tries to authenticate using your old credentials.  Three invalid authentication attempts lock your account for thirty (30) minutes for security reasons. 

In most cases we’ve seen, you may briefly still have access to your email if you use Outlook on your desktop, phone or tablet.  If you cannot access an MU resource and suspect your account is locked, please quickly email Help Desk (or phone us at the number(s) above) to request it be unlocked.  Please note, though, that you need to ensure that your apps all use your updated MU credentials, or you may find your account locked again.  You may need to reset your password, too, however non-intuitive that may be.

Beware Auto Save

Microsoft began rolling out a new feature called Auto Save.  In the past, the feature used a temporary location and waited to overwrite the intended file when the user explicitly saved the document.  Now, it overwrites the original frequently when the application saves the document.

While this may seem a great insurance policy, it comes with risks.  First, you may not be able to use the Undo feature to revert your document by stepping through recent changes.  You also may not be able to use the Previous Versions functionality to do the same thing.  Finally, do not fall susceptible to the false sense of security that feature provides.  Despite the Microsoft application perform the Auto Save feature for you, be sure to save the document manually at appropriate intervals as well.

FindTime Update

In the previous newsletter, we announced a new Outlook feature called FindTime that aids in scheduling meetings.  Very similar to the Free/Busy feature already available, FindTime uses a poll (similar to to schedule meeting times.  What we failed to realize is that not everyone saw the FindTime icons in the Ribbon in Outlook.  We fixed the issue for some who reported the issue, but if you cannot see the icons (examples are found here:  FindTime), please contact Help Desk for assistance.

Free Microsoft Training Available

Are you looking for some Microsoft application training?  We subscribe to Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, an online training site that covers the breadth of Microsoft’s product line.  Providing basic, intermediate, and advanced training, the site is free to ALL MU employees and students.  Email Help Desk to gain access to the curriculum.  If you know the topic in which you’re interested, let us know that, too, and we’ll enroll you in the appropriate courses.

Academically-discounted Software Available

Through our various consortia, we have access to a site where you can access academically-discounted software such as SPSS.  Available at On the Hub (, the site lists what is available for you to purchase or rent.  Simply log in using your MU credentials.  If you don’t see the software you want available, please let Help Desk know.  We’ll try to get the software added to the web store.  Also, please DO NOT purchase Microsoft Office.  That comes free with your Office 365 account.  Please contact Help Desk if you don’t know how to obtain Microsoft Office.

NOTE:  Students have free access to Office while they’re a student at MU only.  Upon leaving MU, students lose access to free Office and On the Hub.  Seniors may consider purchasing Office before graduation as the free Office license ends with graduation.

Weird Z:\ Drive Issue

We’re tracking a weird issue on MU-owned Windows devices.  If you plug in a thumb drive or other device that requests a drive letter, and you assign it the letter Z, you may find that your H:\ drive (the network location for your files) is no longer accessible on the H:\ drive.  Rather than assign the new device the drive letter Z, please choose another available drive letter.

Printing@MU Tip

Did you print a document in color but intended to print in black-and-white?  Did you print a document single-sided but intended to print double-sided?  You can fix both if you release the jobs at the printer.  Before you release the jobs, modify them the way you intended them and then release them.  The system also tells you how much you saved by making the modifications.

REPRINT:  Windows 10

Microsoft support for Windows 7 ends soon.  We want to transition all MU-owned desktops and laptops to Windows 10 at your convenience.  If you have Windows 7 (or something older), please contact the Help Desk team to request an upgrade.  If Windows is running sluggish, you might consider asking us to rebuild it for you.

There’s no need to panic, but you will need to act.  Microsoft ends Windows 7 support in 16 months.

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