University Now Offers Dual PharmD, MBA Degree Program

June 14, 2015
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor

There's good news for students in Washington State interested in both pharmacy and business.

There’s good news for students in Washington State interested in both pharmacy and business.

Washington State University (WSU) is now offering students the opportunity to jointly pursue Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees in 4 years.

While the WSU College of Pharmacy had offered some courses related to business, the new program will allow students to take 6 of the 9 required business electives at the pharmacy school.

“This collaboration makes the business core curriculum available to our students and allows them to come out of school with the credentials—including business plan creation—to not only be outstanding pharmacists, but also successful health-system leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs,” said WSU College of Pharmacy associate dean Linda Garrelts MacLean in a school press release.

Interested students will have to apply to both schools, and if accepted, pharmacy students will complete their business courses online while attending either the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane or the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima. More information about the PharmD/MBA program is available here.

“The ability to obtain these degrees simultaneously is a wonderful opportunity for students who have an entrepreneurial mindset,” stated WSU pharmacy school dean Gary Pollack.

The university will begin accepting applicants to the program this summer.