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.

February 6, 2019: ITS Newsletter

Feb 6, 2019, 13:54 PM by Michael Case

Release:  February 6, 2019

Need Help?  Contact Help Desk

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

Scheduled Internet Outages

Our Internet Service Provider, I-Light, informed us that they need to work on our North Manchester Internet connection on Thursday, February 7th, from 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. and again on Friday, February 8th, during the same maintenance window.  Our Internet connection redundancy should prevent an outage, but you should still prepare for possible interruptions in service.

Open Issues

We’re working with the appropriate vendors on issues associated with our learning management system, Canvas. 

  • We purchased the interface to automatically maintain Canvas class enrollments based on what information we have in Colleague, our student information system.  However, the interface occasionally fails to drop a student from a Canvas class even when that student dropped the class via the Registrar.  We are manually updating Canvas, but this method isn’t instantaneous like the Colleague-to-Canvas interface is.
  • Individual assignment/quiz/test grades that faculty enter in Canvas are not appearing in Starfish, our student success software.  The missing Starfish grades prevent the student success team and advisors access to this information.

Ellucian (Colleague vendor), and Hobson (Starfish vendor), and Instructure (Canvas vendor) are investigating.

Working with Voicemail on the Web

If you have a voicemail account on our phone system, you can manage that account via  Log in to your account using your MU network credentials.  Once you log in, you can manage your voicemail, including deleting them, change your voicemail PIN, etc.

Please bookmark this page for your future reference.  NOTE:  You can only access the page when on either campus or when using our virtual private network (VPN).  If you have any questions about this web-based voicemail self-service capability, please contact Help Desk.

ITS Survey Coming

The ITS team intends to send a survey to all MU community members starting Monday, February 11th.  The survey will close on Friday, February 22nd.  We want to know how you feel we’re doing and what’s important to you, so we can make adjustments where we can.

Microsoft Edge vs. Microsoft Internet Explorer

For years, Internet Explorer (IE) was the dominant Internet web browser.  Those days are long behind us, but Internet Explorer still exists.  While Microsoft attempts to phase out IE, it developed the Edge browser for Windows 10.  Edge is also available on Android and iOS, the operating systems that make today’s smartphones and tablets work.

There exists a sizable difference between Edge and IE.  For one, IE is no longer supported or developed to take advantage of newer web technologies.  Microsoft only supports IE versions 11 and 12 on Windows 7, 8 and 10, and only to patch security issues.  Edge has seen substantial development with Windows 10.  To confuse matters more, Microsoft announced that they would transition Edge from its own browser technology to Chromium, the browser technology behind Chrome.  Microsoft hasn’t announced when that might happen, but it’s something to expect.

In the end, you should know that some older sites still depend on IE to work correctly.  However, there are many more sites that require newer browsers like Chrome, Edge, or Firefox. 

Clear as mud, right?

Employee Desktop Printers

As a reminder to employees, we’re phasing out desktop printers in favor of the new Printing@MU system.  As you run out of consumables (ink or toner), please notify the ITS Help Desk, and we’ll retrieve and retire the printer.  By the end of the academic year, we’ll collect the remaining desktop printers.

Microsoft Office 365 (O365) Announcements

Some things are happening with our Microsoft Office 365 accounts.

  • Microsoft modified the Home Use program for employees.  While you can still use your MU O365 account to install Office on up to five computers, Microsoft wants you to consider using a personal O365 account for personal use.  As a result, we need to set up everyone on the new Home Use Program soon.  When we do, you’ll receive an email that announces a 30% discount on a personal O365 subscription.  Unless Microsoft makes some changes, the email’s subject is “Save 30% on Office 365”.  That email is valid, from Microsoft, and can be deleted and ignored if you so choose.
  • Currently, there are a few ways to access your O365 account online.  To our knowledge, those will still work.  However, going forward, Microsoft will allow anyone with an O365 subscription to log into O365 at


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