Joint Pharm.D./Graduate Business Minor

At the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, you can earn your pharmacy degree while simultaneously earning a graduate minor in business. This is a joint program between the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the Brock School of Business that lets you take M.B.A.-level courses.  On completing the program, you earn a graduate minor in business along with your Pharm.D.

Whether you plan on owning your own pharmacy, working with a pharmaceutical company or any other option as a practicing pharmacist, a sound business background gives you strong advantages.

General Policies and Admissions+

On graduation, you can receive both the Pharm.D. and graduate business minor in the same semester. If all graduate business minor course work is completed prior to completing the Pharm.D. course work, the graduate business minor will be awarded at the same time as the Pharm.D. degree. 

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 business program to be in good standing.

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

Tuition for business courses is charged separately from pharmacy program tuition.  The graduate business minor will not be listed on the pharmacy diploma, but will be included in the official academic transcript.

Admission to the graduate business minor program is based on a status of good standing in the pharmacy program.  Students who wish to pursue the graduate business minor should contact the Brock School of Business (205-726-2040, gradbusi@samford.edu).  If a student decides to seek entry to the M.B.A., he/she is required to take the GMAT or GRE and follow the admission requirements in place at the time of application.

Graduate business minor courses cannot be waived, substituted, shared or transferred. All coursework must be completed at the Brock School of Business. Please see the Samford University Catalog and the semester schedules for prerequisite requirements. You can finish the graduate business minor courses within one academic year of graduation from the Pharm.D. program.  

Course descriptions for the graduate business minor program

Plan of Study for Doctor of Pharmacy Program+

Year 1Course 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 Credits
PHRX 307 Foundations of Drug Information 1 Course Credit
PHRX 308 Physiologic Basis of Disease I 4 Course Credits
PHRX 313 Pharmaceutics I 4 Course Credits
PHRX 315 Introduction to Patient Care Systems 2 Course Credits
PHRX 320 Integrated Pharmacy Applications (IPA) I 1 Course Credit

Spring Semester

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

Fall Semester (16 credits required)

 
PHRX 403 Pharmacotherapy I 4 Course Credits
PHRX 405 Pharmaceutical Sciences I 4 Course Credits
PHRX 407 Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics 4 Course Credits
PHRX 415 Financial Management 3 Course Credits
PHRX 420 IPA III 1 Course Credit

Spring Semester (16-18 credits required)

 
PHRX 401 IPPE IV 2 Course Credits
PHRX 404 Pharmacotherapy II 4 Course Credits
PHRX 406 Pharmaceutical Sciences II 4 Course Credits
PHRX 410 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring I 3 Course Credits
PHRX 416 Ethics in Christianity and Health Care 2 Course Credits
PHRX 421 IPA IV 1 Course Credit
PHRX 450-409 Elective* 2 Course Credits
Year II Total Required Credits: 32-34  
Year 3 

Fall Semester (16-18 total credits required)

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

Spring Semester (16-18 credits required)

 
PHRX 502 IPPE VI 2 Course Credit
PHRX 504 Pharmacotherapy IV 4 Course Credits
PHRX 513 Preparation for Patient Care 4 Course Credits
PHRX 516 Pharmacy Law 3 Course Credits
PHRX 527 Drug Literature Evaluation 2 Course Credits
PHRX 550 Capstone Project I 1 Course Credit
PHRX 450-499 Elective* 2 Course Credits
Year III Total Required Credits: 34-36  
Year 4 

May-April**

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

Required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

 
PHRX 601 Ambulatory/Primary Care I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 620 General Medicine I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 650 Community Pharmacy I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 660 Institutional/Health-Systems Pharmacy I 5 Course Credits

Selective (1)/Elective (3) APPE (20 total credits required)

 
600-level Selective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE 5 Course Credits
Year IV total required credits: 41  
Total required credits: 145  
*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 eight APPEs in nine possible time periods offered during the fourth year.

Plan of Study for Graduate Business Minor+

Graduate business minor courses cannot be waived, substituted, shared or transferred. All coursework must be completed at the Brock School of Business.

Required Courses (12 total credits required)

 
ACCT 511 Financial Accounting for Managers 3 Course Credits
BUSA 505 Managerial Communications and Analysis* 3 Course Credits
ECON 512 Foundations of Economics and Statistics 3 Course Credits
FINC 514 Corporate Finance 3 Course Credits

Graduate Business Minor Electives (choose 6 credits of MBA core or MBA elective coursework below)

 
MBA Core**  
ACCT 519 Accounting for Decision Making 3 Course Credits
ECON 520 Economics of Competitive Strategy 3 Course Credits
FINC 521 Managerial Finance 3 Course Credits
BUSA 533 MIS & Communications Technology 3 Course Credits
MNGT 535 HR & Organization Management 3 Course Credits
MARK 541 Marketing Strategy 3 Course Credits
BUSA 551 Operations Management 3 Course Credits
BUSA 552 Managing Corporate Integrity 3 Course Credits
MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
Total Graduate Business Minor Credits: 18  
*Must be taken in the first semester.
**Must complete all required courses for the minor before enrolling in an MBA core course.