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PharmD / MBA

The Doctor of Pharmacy / MBA program takes five years to complete – four years of Pharmacy studies and one year of MBA core courses.  Students spend their first year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) in the MBA program completing the core curriculum, the summer experiential project, and the outdoor leadership course.  The next four years will encompass the traditional Pharm. D. curriculum, including the MBA Capstone course in Year 2. Students completing this program will earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.

The applicant must notify both Colleges that he or she is applying for the dual PharmD/MBA program, and must be admitted by each College to participate.  To remain in the dual degree program, the student must comply with the minimum performance standards of both the College of Pharmacy and the College of Business.

Why PharmD/MBA?

There has been an increase in professional degree program enrollments over the years, this is no news and PharmD programs are no exception. With a higher number of graduates entering the job market, it has become saturated. Elite programs have recognized this effect on supply and demand and have implemented PharmD dual degree programs. The PharmD/MBA program at UW provides students the ability to gain both credentials upon graduation and become a desirable candidate when entering the competitive job market. Not only are students provided with the pharmacy skill, they are also well-versed in real-world application of business theory and practices.

Read a recent study that highlights the career and salary advantages of earning a dual degree PharmD/MBA.

Pre-Term Expectations

Students will be required to take a pre-term assessment to determine their proficiency in quantitatively-based subjects. Deficiencies in these subject areas will require completion of a short foundational course (approximately 20 hours of time required to complete each course). Addressing potential deficiencies prior to beginning the MBA core curriculum will ensure that all students are equipped for success in their subsequent studies.

Students will also participate in a one to two-week team building orientation prior to the start of their fall coursework.

Core Curriculum

Students admitted to the Early Career MBA, Energy Management MBA, MBA in Finance, and any of the full-time dual degree programs will complete the following core curriculum courses: 

Fall 1

Spring 1


Fall 2

Business Research Methods

Operations Mgmt.

Consulting Project

Strategic Mgmt.

Org. Behavior & HRM

Entrepreneurial Mgmt.

Financial Accounting

Financial Mgmt.

Data & Decision Modeling

Marketing Mgmt.

Managerial Economics

Managerial Accounting

Prof. Development I

Prof. Development II

Decision Making I

Decision Making II


*To view the course descriptions, please view our University Catalog.

*For MBA Tuition and Fee information, please visit our Cost of Attendance page or email

"The U.S. pharmacy job market is highly competitive. A PharmD will signal to employers that I possess the technical abilities to perform my job, but the UW MBA is what will differentiate me from other job candidates. In addition to creating a fundamental understanding of business, the MBA program provides invaluable experiential learning opportunities, which improve managerial and leadership skills. I hope to leverage the attributes gained from the UW MBA program with the technical skill of the PharmD degree in order to pursue a leadership role within the pharmaceutical industry."

- David Baca, PharmD/MBA candidate


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