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.

April 18, 2019: ITS Newsletter

Apr 18, 2019, 20:17 PM by Michael Case

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Internet Interruptions

Our Internet Service Provider, I-Light, informed us that they would complete some necessary maintenance work that may cause brief Internet interruptions on Thursday, April 25th.  They scheduled the work from midnight until 5:00 a.m.

Switchboard Functionality Restored

We reported this morning that neither campus switchboard was working.  We restored that service this morning.

Website Outage Saturday

We intend to upgrade the software that makes our website possible this Saturday, April 20th.  The work should take less than an hour.  The work begins at 9 p.m.

Changes to Printing@MU Coming

There are three major changes to our printing system forthcoming.  First, there’s a firmware update that fixes several nagging issues with the hardware.  Next, we’re changing the default for copying from color to black and white.  Finally, we’re implementing an additional security enhancement.  When a print job fails, from a paper jam or some other reason, the system will cancel the print job rather than risk printing the document without you present. 

Calvin Ulrey Collaboration Room No Longer Available

With the effort to move out of the Administration building, the collaboration room on the 3rd floor of Calvin Ulrey is no longer available for use.  Please work with Conference Services and the VEMS system to find an alternative.

Microsoft Outlook Advice

To expedite meeting scheduling, please use Microsoft Outlook to maintain your calendar.  Include all of your meetings and appointments in the electronic calendar, to include personal appointments, so others can more accurately schedule meetings with you.  If you include personal appointments, you can mark it private so that others cannot see the appointment’s purpose, only that the time is blocked out.  Also, if you have travel like a drive to or from the other campus, block that time off as well.

If you create a meeting, create an Outlook appointment for everyone so that they may automatically add it to their calendar.  You can include the meeting’s purpose, etc., in the electronic appointment to explain the purpose of the invitation.

Finally, while it’s nice to create an electronic poster and insert that as your email’s text, please avoid using this technique.  As we work to be more ADA-compliant (supporting those with disabilities), an artwork poster is not readable by the screen readers used by those with visual impairments.  Instead, format the email like a web page.  Screen readers can read web page content.

Cable TV Update

This year we struggled because the local Fort Wayne broadcasters lowered their antennas to work toward FCC compliance.  To combat that, we switched from over-the-air local broadcasts to satellite broadcasts.  With the Fort Wayne broadcasters now done with their compliance efforts, we have restored over-the-air broadcast versions of the local channels.

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