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  • Joint Pharmacy/MBA

    While many pharmacists go on to work in acute-care settings, many more go on to work for and even own their own retail businesses or to work in management for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. Having a sound understanding of business practices gives you compelling advantages in your career. That's why we created the joint Pharm.D./MBA degree, to give you solid business skills that complement your pharmacy degree.

    The Pharm.D./MBA degree is a joint program of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the Brock School of Business. Through credit sharing, you can earn two degrees in a reduced time. The Brock School of Business will apply 6 credits of pharmacy coursework to satisfy work required under the regular MBA curriculum. The McWhorter School of Pharmacy will apply 4 credits of business coursework to satisfy some of the elective work required under the regular pharmacy curriculum. As a student in this program, you are required to complete 30 to 39 credits of business coursework and 137 credits of pharmacy coursework.

    The MBA program welcomes and encourages students from all academic backgrounds, however, the school requires applicants to hold an accredited undergraduate degree.

    General Policies+

    On graduation, you will receive both the Pharm.D. and MBA degrees in the same semester. In this program, you must complete the MBA within seven academic years of the original date of admission to the MBA program.

    You will have two separate grade point averages, one for business and one for pharmacy. Pharmacy school ranking and percentiles will be based on the pharmacy only GPA. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the MBA program to be in good standing.

    Students may register for a maximum of 21 credits per full semester. If desired, you may petition the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to exceed this maximum course load.

    You may choose to drop the joint degree in order to earn the Pharm.D. degree earlier. The Brock School of Business will accept shared credit from the pharmacy school upon later readmission to the MBA program as long as the student 1) began the joint degree before graduating with the Pharm.D. degree; 2) was in good standing with the School of Business; and 3) requests readmission to restart MBA classes within one full semester after Pharm.D. graduation.

    Join Pharmacy/MBA Admission Requirements+

    To be considered for the joint Pharm.D./MBA program, you must first be accepted to both the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the Brock School of Business. For detailed information on applying to the McWhorther School of Pharmacy, visit our admission page for details on the process and required documentation. To be considered for the MBA portion of the degree program, submit the following materials to the Brock School of Business:

    1. A completed Brock School of Business joint degree application form (do not fill out the online Banner application)
    2. Joint Degree Procedures Form
    3. A resume reflecting work experience and other accomplishments. Resumes should be sent electronically to: gradbusi@samford.edu
    4. A copy of your original undergraduate transcript(s) from the Pharmacy Student Records or Admissions Office. Copies should be sent electronically to: gradbusi@samford.edu
    5. A joint degree recommendation waiver form, including your recommenders contact information. Copies of pharmacy school recommendations will not be accepted.
    6. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score

    Plan of Study for Doctor of Pharmacy Program+

    Year 1 Course Credits
       

    Fall Semester (17 Credits Required)

    PHRX 301 Intro Pharm Practice Experience (IPPE) I 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 306 Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 307 Basics of Drug Information 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 308 Physiologic Basis of Disease I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 313 Pharmaceutics I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 315 Introduction to Patient Care Systems 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 320 Integrated Pharmacy Applications (IPA) I 1 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (19 Credits Required)

    PHRX 302 IPPE II 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 303 IPPE III 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 305 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 309 Physiologic Basis of Disease II 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 312 Institutional Practice/Sterile Compounding 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 314 Pharmaceutics II 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 316 Population Health 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 321 IPA II 1 Course Credit
    Total Required Credits: 36  
    Year 2  
       

    Fall Semester (16-18 credits required)

    PHRX 401 IPPE IV* 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 403 Pharmacotherapy I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 405 Pharmaceutical Sciences I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 407 Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 415 Financial Management 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 420 IPA III 1 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (14-18 credits required)

    PHRX 401 IPPE IV* 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 404 Pharmacotherapy II 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 406 Pharmaceutical Sciences II 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 410 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring I 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 416 Ethics in Christianity and Health Care 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 421 IPA IV 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-409 Elective** 2 Course Credit
    Year II Total Required Credits: 30-32  
    Year 3  
       

    Fall Semester (16-18 total credits required)

    PHRX 500 Introduction to Capstone Project 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 501 IPPE V 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 503 Pharmacotherapy III 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 505 Pharmaceutical Sciences III 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 510 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring II 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 515 Human Resource Management 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 520 IPA V 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (16-18 credits required)

    PHRX 502 IPPE VI 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 504 Pharmacotherapy IV 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 513 Preparation for Patient Care 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 516 Pharmacy Law 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 521 IPA VI 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 527 Drug Literature Evaluation 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 550 Capstone Project I 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credit
    Year III Total Required Credits: 32-36  
    Year 4  
       

    June-May***

    Capstone Project (1 total credit required)  
    PHRX 600 Capstone Project II 1 Course Credit
       

    Required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

    PHRX 601 Ambulatory Care I 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 620 General Medicine I 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 650 Community Pharmacy I 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 660 Institutional Pharmacy I 6 Course Credit

    Selective (1)/Elective (1) APPE (12 total credits required)

    600-level Selective APPE 6 Course Credit
    600-level Elective APPE 6 Course Credit
    Year IV total required credits: 37  
    Total required credits: 141  
    *Half of the Year II students take PHRX 401 in the fall while the other half take the course in the spring.
    **Students must complete a total of 4 credits of electives (two, 2-credit electives) during two of the following semester options: Year II Spring, Year III Fall, Year III Spring.
    ***Students are required to take six APPEs in seven possible time periods offered during the fourth year.

    Plan of Study for the MBA Program+

    To complete the joint Pharm.D./MBA degree, you must complete the following courses through the Brock School of Business:

    MBA Prerequisite Courses* (0-9 total credits)

    Course Credits
       
    ACCT 511 Financial Accounting for Managers 3 Course Credit
    ECON 512 Foundations of Economics 3 Course Credit
    FINC 514 Corporate Finance 3 Course Credit

    MBA Core Courses (30 total credits)

    BUSA 505 Managerial Communications and Analysis** 3 Course Credit
    ACCT 519 Accounting for Decision Making 3 Course Credit
    ECON 520 Economics of Competitive Strategy 3 Course Credit
    FINC 521 Managerial Finance 3 Course Credit
    BUSA 533 MIS & Communications Technology 3 Course Credit
    MNGT 535 HR and Organization Management 3 Course Credit
    MARK 541 Marketing Strategy 3 Course Credit
    BUSA 551 Operations Management 3 Course Credit
    BUSA 552 Managing Corporate Integrity 3 Course Credit
    MNGT 561 Strategic Management*** 3 Course Credit

    Shared Pharm.D. Credits (chose 6 credits from the list below)

       
    PHRX 415 Financial Management 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 674 Association Management 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 673 Pharmacy Management 4 Course Credit
    Total Credits for the MBA: 36-45  
    *Exemption from ACCT 511, ECON 512, and FINC 514 may be awarded with an earned C- or better in an approved undergraduate accounting, economics, or finance course at a regionally accredited institution. Students without an equivalent business course may attempt to test out of the course. Please contact the Academic Programs Office for further details.
    **To be taken during the first semester in the MBA program.
    ***To be taken in the last semester in the MBA program.