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PharmD/MBA Program

The College of Business and College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University offer a joint PharmD/MBA program for students interested in earning both degrees. Students enrolled in the PharmD program may earn an MBA degree with approximately one summer and one year of additional course work. Program requirements and curriculum substitutions are described on the College website.

During the two years of prepharmacy course work, the student should take:

  •  ECON 2201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)
  •  ECON 2202 - Principles of Microeconomics (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)
  •  ACCT 2201 - Principles of Accounting I
  •  ACCT 2202 - Principles of Accounting II

Students opting for the dual degree program will follow the traditional PharmD curriculum with the exception that MBA 6612 Human Behavior in Organizations (3 credits) will be substituted for PHAR 9944 Health Care II (3 credits). PharmD/MBA candidates must still complete PHAR 9944L Health Care II Lab (1 credit).

Completion of the following courses can be used to satisfy six hours of electives required for the PharmD degree: MBA 6610, MBA 6611, MBA 6613, MBA 6614, MBA 6615. In order for these courses to count as professional electives, they must be taken while enrolled in the PharmD program, typically during the third professional year in the PharmD program and the summer preceding that year.

Throughout and following the professional PharmD program, the student must complete, MBA program requirements which include satisfactory completion of MBA-I and MBA-II core courses.

Upon completion of all required MBA classes, students must complete the MBA oral exam.

Students interested in the combination PharmD/MBA should work closely with the MBA Program advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements for this program.

Job opportunities:

  • Administrative, leadership, management pharmacy positions in hospitals, state and federal health care agencies
  • Administrative, leadership, management positions in pharmaceutical industry
  • Administrative, leadership, management positions in managed care

Duration of the program:

  • Completion of the MBA portion of the program requires approximately one additional year of study. Some of the PharmD courses are used to complete the MBA requirements.
  • Program offers flexible accommodations for students with or without business degrees