While many pharmacists practice in acute-care settings, many more go on to work for and even own their own community businesses or to work in management for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. Having a sound understanding of business practices gives you compelling advantages in your career. That's why we created the joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. program, to give you solid business skills that complement your pharmacy degree.

The Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree is a joint program with McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Brock School of Business. Through credit sharing, you can earn two degrees in a reduced time. Brock School of Business will apply 6 credits of pharmacy course work to satisfy work required under the regular M.B.A. curriculum. McWhorter School of Pharmacy will apply 4 credits of business course work to satisfy some of the elective course work required under the regular pharmacy curriculum. As a student in this program, you are required to complete 30 to 39 credits of business course work and 141 credits of pharmacy course work.

The M.B.A. program welcomes and encourages students from all academic backgrounds, however, the school requires applicants to hold an accredited undergraduate degree.

General Policies

On graduation, you can receive both the Pharm.D. and M.B.A. in the same semester. In this program, you must complete the M.B.A. within seven academic years of the original date of admission to the M.B.A. program.

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 M.B.A. program to be in good standing.

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

You may choose to drop the joint degree in order to earn the Pharm.D. degree earlier. Brock School of Business will accept shared credit from the pharmacy school upon later readmission to the M.B.A. program as long as the student 1) began the joint degree before graduating with the Pharm.D. degree; 2) was in good standing with Brock School of Business; and 3) requests readmission to restart M.B.A. classes within one full semester after Pharm.D. graduation.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. program, you must first be accepted to both McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Brock School of Business. For detailed information on applying to McWhorther School of Pharmacy, visit our admission page for details on the application process and required documentation. To be considered for the M.B.A. portion of the joint degree program, submit the following materials to Brock School of Business:

  1. A completed Brock School of Business joint degree application form (do not fill out the online Banner application)
  2. A resume reflecting work experience and other accomplishments. Resumes should be sent electronically to: gradbusi@samford.edu
  3. A copy of your original undergraduate transcript(s) from the pharmacy student records or admission office. Copies should be sent electronically to: gradbusi@samford.edu
  4. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Please e-mail Elizabeth Gambrell to see if you are eligible to have the exam waived. 

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