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.

March 13, 2019: ITS Newsletter

Mar 13, 2019, 12:50 PM by Michael Case

Release:  March 13, 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
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Internet Interruptions Monday, March 18th

We’re using spring break to complete some necessary firewall upgrades.  A firewall mitigates security threats from the Internet.  The updates will result in Internet interruptions on both campuses.  If you’re on campus, you won’t be able to reach the Internet or email but can reach MU resources like our website.  If you’re off campus, you can’t access MU resources.

The upgrade begins at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 18th, and will be complete no later than 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.

What Is Office 365 (O365)?

We’ve mentioned O365 in many ITS newsletters, but we’ve never really discussed what it is and how you benefit.  We can’t cover all of the O365 features or how to use them, but we’ll discuss some highlights.

Several years ago we moved from hosting email to O365.  The email service is free, offers substantially larger mailbox sizes than we can, and is built for high availability.  For students, it meant we could offer lifetime email accounts.  O365 also included OneDrive for each user, providing a 1TB file storage capacity.

Over the years, O365 expanded its features significantly.  Through our annual Microsoft Campus Agreement, we now include the ability to offer Office 365 Professional Plus to all active users.  You can install Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) on your Mac, Windows, iOS (Apple) or Android devices for free as long as you have an active student or employee O365 account.  We hope to convert how we deploy Office on MU-owned equipment from Office 2013/2016 to Office 365 Professional Plus soon.  The latter is updated more frequently.  In addition to the apps, you can use most of the Office applications online (Access is not available).  Though not as feature rich as the apps, you can perform simple, last minute edits with ease.

In addition to email, file storage, and Office applications, we now use many more O365 features, to include:

  • Planner (a project management tool) and Teams (a communication/collaboration tool). 
  • Stream for online video streaming. 
  • Sway supercharges your presentations and publications. 
  • To-Do is a new task management app that works with the Tasks feature of Outlook. 
  • SharePoint 365 may replace ChetNet for our portal, although we built ChetNet on a SharePoint version installed on campus.  SharePoint 365 may also replace our network shares in a few years.
  • Power BI is a powerful reporting tool for employees.


There’s even more available, but our experience with the products is lacking.  Features like Yammer, Delve, etc., provide more collaboration and other features that we hope to explore in the future.  Microsoft continues to broaden its O365 offerings, too.

If you want to learn more about any of the O365 features and how to use them, online training is generally available on Microsoft Imagine Academy, another subscription we include in our Microsoft Campus Agreement.

Capturing Screenshots

If you need to capture a screenshot to create documentation or to show Help Desk what a screen you’re experiencing, the best way to do so in Windows is to use Alt-PrtSc.  First, make the window active by clicking on it.  Then press the Alt and PrtSc keys at the same time.  You can then paste the screenshot into a Word document, email, etc.

If you want or need high-resolution screenshots, paste it into the Windows Paint app first.  Crop the image to size and then copy and paste.

Employee Colleagues:  Prior Planning for eForms & Windows 10

Please provide three to four weeks notice for any change requests to existing eForms.  Please provide six to eight weeks notice for new eForms, depending on their complexity.

Also, if your office computer still runs Windows 7 or you don’t know what Windows version you’re running, please contact Help Desk.  If necessary, we’ll schedule an upgrade to Windows 10 before Microsoft ends support for Windows 7.

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