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.

The program instills the business background and skills necessary to enter leadership positions that demand knowledge of health sciences management. It is the longest, most established combined degree program available to our students.

Career Opportunities

Prepares students for leadership positions in...

  • Hospital pharmacy operations
  • Health care business consultation
  • State and federal health regulatory agencies
  • Pharmacy benefit management organizations
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing corporations and marketing
  • Human resource management in health related corporations
  • Retail pharmacy administration in chain drug industry
  • Ownership opportunities in independent pharmacy

Course of Study

How to Apply

Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted to the MBA program and to the PharmD program according to the procedures and standards of the individual schools.

  • Apply to the MBA program during the first or second professional (P1 or P2) year by February 1st (for international applicants) or by May 15th (for domestic applicants).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the first professional (P1) year
  • 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). A waiver is available to Early Assurance students who have earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative graduate GPA within the PharmD program. To apply for the waiver, email a complete transcript along with a copy of your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • 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.
  • One semester of calculus with a grade of “B” or better or two semesters of calculus with grades of “C” or better
  • Note: Bachelor’s degree is NOT required for PharmD candidates.  

Questions about the PharmD portion of the program?

Contact Karl Fiebelkorn, MBA, RPh at

Questions about the MBA portion of the program?

Contact the Graduate Programs Office at or 716-645-3204. The school sometimes offers UB 'Healthcare MBA for a Day' & Healthcare Operations Management on-campus events. Contact the school for more information.