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UGA launches PharmD/MBA dual degree program

A new dual degree program will allow UGA graduate students to earn an MBA and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in five years.

A new dual degree program will allow University of Georgia graduate students to earn an MBA and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in five years.

The PharmD/MBA Program provides pharmacy students with the expertise needed to meet the technological, scientific and research demands of the health care industry as well as the business skills necessary for professional advancement and success.

“The modern economy necessitates that tomorrow’s leaders hold dynamic, wide-ranging skill sets, and that’s exactly what this program provides,” said Santanu Chatterjee, director of the Full-Time MBA and MS in Business Analytics programs. “Many pharmacists today don’t just dispense prescriptions, they also run a business and advise customers. The knowledge gained through an MBA curriculum is a terrific, market-driven complement to the pharmaceutical expertise that students gain through this program.”

The program is open to students in the UGA College of Pharmacy, beginning fall 2018. Without the dual degree, the PharmD program is a four-year (nine semesters) doctoral program. The MBA degree option from the Terry College adds a fifth year. Students will be able to apply to the MBA program during the second year of their PharmD studies and will enroll in graduate business classes during year three.

Students in the dual degree program will complete all the requirements of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as the core class requirements of the MBA program and two electives, one of which is a capstone course focused on experiential learning.

More information about the PharmD/MBA Program is online.