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PharmD/MBA Program

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Management jointly offer a five year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The dual degree program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a four-year PharmD program and a two-year MBA program.

Curriculum

The dual degree PharmD/MBA program involves the fundamental elements of each program. All students must meet the requirements for admission to the two individual programs. Students complete the first professional year in the PharmD curriculum. The second year involves only courses in the MBA program. Coursework in both programs are taken in years three and four, followed by a fifth experiential year in both programs.

Each candidate must meet all degree requirements of each school, except for the reduction in total credit hours.

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Course of Study

How to Apply

Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted to the MBA program and to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences according to the procedures and standards of the individual schools. Students may opt for the PharmD/MBA during the first or second professional year. 

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the first professional year (P1)
  • One semester of calculus with a grade of “B” or better or two semesters of calculus with grades of “C” or better
  • Application to the School of Management by February 1st (for international applicants) or by May 15th (for domestic applicants) of the P1 year
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Standardized test: PCAT, GRE, or GMAT (The PCAT can be accepted in lieu of GMAT or GRE, but if you haven’t taken the PCAT, you will need to submit the GRE or GMAT)
  • Two essays
  • Foreign applicants: TOEFL examination with a minimum acceptable score of 600 on the paper‐based test or 100 on the internet‐based test; or demonstration of proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The required minimum IELTS score is 7.5 overall. The IELTS score must be dated within two years of the time the student will enroll. Only the official original IELTS score report is acceptable; photocopies are not acceptable.

Note: Bachelor’s degree is NOT required for PharmD candidates. Students wishing to pursue the dual degree program should provide separate applications to both schools. Applications may be simultaneous, or currently admitted students may opt for the dual degree program during the first professional year of their respective program. 

Please review PharmD admission requirements before applying

 

Questions about the PharmD portion of the program?

Contact Karl Fiebelkorn, MBA, RPh, AE-C, at kdf@buffalo.edu

Questions about the MPH portion of the program?

Contact Jennifer VanLaeken, Assistant Director of Recruitment, School of Management at jhv2@buffalo.edu

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