Schools of Pharmacy and Business Now Offer Joint Degree
St. John Fisher College’s School of Business and the Wegmans School of Pharmacy are now offering a new Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)/M.B.A. joint degree program. The goal of the program is to educate students regarding the role of management within the pharmaceutical industry and health care delivery systems.
As separate degree programs, the Pharmacy degree requires completion of 151 credit hours, and the M.B.A. degree requires completion of 30-48 credit hours, depending on previous coursework completed by the student. Up to 18 credit hours of M.B.A. foundation coursework can be waived if the student completed equivalent coursework as an undergraduate, which reduces the M.B.A. program to the minimum of 30 credit hours. The new program allows up to 18 credit hours to be shared between both degree programs.
“This program will add such a benefit to our students who are interested in a career in pharmacy management,” said Dr. Scott Swigart, Dean, Wegmans School of Pharmacy. “It will not only give them a competitive advantage within the pharmacy field, but also the necessary management skills, making them very marketable and unique candidates.”
To be accepted into the program, candidates must first meet the entrance and admissions requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students may apply to the joint program after successful completion of their first year in the School of Pharmacy.
Current pharmacy students who are interested in participating in the program will work with their Academic Advisor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Pharmacy, and the Director of the M.B.A. Program in the School of Business.
The program offers courses in the fall, spring, and summer semesters for pharmacy students. Typically, during the fall and spring semesters, M.B.A. courses are offered one night a week. During the summer semester, courses most commonly meet in a six-week condensed schedule format, meeting two weeknights from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
“We wanted to extend a program across the disciplines that would both benefit our students and make sense for the College moving forward,” said Dr. David Martin, Dean, School of Business. “We hope the program is embraced by current and future pharmacy students as the demands of the pharmacy profession require excellent management skills more than ever.”