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PharmD Combination Degrees

PharmD/MBA Combination Degree

Because of a growing need for pharmacy profession leaders to be proficient in both the practice of pharmacy and knowledgeable in the business of pharmacy, the ULM College of Pharmacy and the ULM College of Business and Social Sciences offer a combination degree program for the professional pharmacy student to graduate with both the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.  In addition to completing the curriculum of the PharmD program, the combination degree student will also complete the curriculum of the Pharmacy concentration of the MBA degree.  Some coursework will overlap between the two degree programs.  The combination degree program requires a high level of academic commitment due to the additional responsibilities of working simultaneously on two rigorous academic degrees.

Prerequisite Requirements

a.  Current enrollment in the PharmD Program.

 

b.  Good standing and successful completion of the first year PharmD program with a minimum cumulative professional GPA of 3.5 and receipt of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree or other previous undergraduate degree.  

 

c.  Complete and submit the Pharmacy-CBSS MBA Application.

 

d.  Obtain signature approvals from the College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the College of Business and Social Sciences Associate Dean (MBA Coordinator) to validate a student applicant meets qualifications for combination degree program. 

 

e.  Successful completion, current enrollment, and/or planned enrollment in MBA background prerequisite courses as follows at either the undergraduate or graduate level:

 

Undergraduate business courses:

ACCT 2020 - Introductory Managerial Accounting

ACCT 2030 - Introductory Financial Accounting

ECON 2001 - Macroeconomic Principles

ECON 2002 - Microeconomic Principles

QMDS 2010 - Statistics and Quality Control

FINA 3015 - Business Finance

 

Graduate business courses:

FINA 4015 - Business Finance (FINA 3015 equivalency credit)

ACCT 5002 - Accounting for Administrators (ACCT 2020 & 2030 equivalency credit)

ECON 5002 - Survey and Analysis (ECON 2001 & 2002 equivalency credit)

BUSN 5002 - Fundamentals of Business Statistics and Finance (QMDS 2010 & FINA 3015 equivalency credit)

 

Other Requirements

a.  Application submission date - Students may apply for the combination degree PharmD/MBA degree during the spring semester of the P1 year (or thereafter); acceptance into the program will be pending as based on completion of the above requirements.

 

b.  Admission approval notification date - Students will be notified of pending acceptance and of final admission after a student's application has been processed and upon completion of the above requirements.

 

c.  Primary student major - A student's primary major must remain as PharmD in Banner for students enrolled in the PharmD/MBA combination degree program.

 

d.  Advisement for class enrollment - Students will meet with both their PharmD advisor and the MBA Coordinator during posted advising time periods to determine optimal semester class enrollment.  

 

e.  Maintain a 3.0 cumulative PharmD GPA - If a combination degree student's cumulative PharmD GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be required to put the MBA on hold until the PharmD GPA returns to 3.0 or greater or after completion of the PharmD degree.

 

f.  Meet academic standards compliance for both PharmD and MBA programs - Combination-degree students are required to remain in compliance with the academic standards of each degree granting unit.  For example, a student has to satisfy the College of Pharmacy GPA requirements solely on the basis of graded pharmacy school coursework, and a student has to satisfy the Graduate School's GPA requirements solely on the basis of graded graduate coursework taken within the Graduate School.

 

g.  Meet "30 hour" rule in earning MBA degree - In earning the MBA degree, a student must have earned 30 credit hours towards the MBA degree that are not applied towards the PharmD degree (i.e. 24 credit hours of MBA courses plus six hours of background/prerequisite courses).

 

h.  Completion of PharmD and MBA degrees - A student can complete the MBA degree at the same time or after earning the PharmD degree; however, a student cannot complete the MBA degree prior to completing the PharmD degree.

    • If a students completes both the PharmD degree and the MBA degree at the same time and receives both degrees concurrently, the student must complete two graduation applications.  The student must also notify the Graduate School of his/her intent to graduate with an MBA degree at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
    • If a student plans to continue the MBA degree after receiving his/her PharmD degree, the student must apply to the Graduate School for re-entry into the Graduate School and MBA program and submit the Graduate School application fee.

 

PharmD/PhD Combination Degree

Because of a growing need for pharmacy profession researcher to be proficient in both the practice of pharmacy and pharmacy research, the ULM College of Pharmacy offers a combination degree program for the professional pharmacy student to graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and then complete the requirements for the PhD degree in one of four concentrations.  In addition to completing the curriculum of the PharmD program, the combination degree student will also being the curriculum of the PhD degree, thus shortening the time for both degrees.  Some coursework will overlap between the two degree programs.  The combination degree program requires a high level of academic commitment due to the additional responsibilities of working simultaneously on two rigorous academic degrees.

Prerequisite Requirements

a.  Current enrollment in the PharmD Program.

 

b.  Good standing and successful completion of the first year PharmD program with a minimum cumulative professional GPA of 3.5 and receipt of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree or other previous undergraduate degree.  

 

c.  Successful completion of either the GRE or the PCAT exam.

 

d.  Complete and submit the Pharmacy-PhD Application.

 

e.  Obtain signature approvals from the College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the College of Business and Social Sciences Associate Dean (MBA Coordinator) to validate a student applicant meets qualifications for combination degree program. 

 

Additional Program Information

 

 

Other Requirements

a.  Application submission date - Students may apply for the combination degree PharmD/PhD degree during the spring semester of the P1 year (or thereafter); acceptance into the program will be pending as based on completion of the above requirements.

 

b.  Admission approval notification date - Students will be notified of pending acceptance and of final admission after a student's application has been processed and upon completion of the above requirements.

 

c.  Primary student major - A student's primary major must remain as PharmD in Banner for students enrolled in the PharmD/PhD combination degree program.

 

d.  Advisement for class enrollment - Students will meet with both their PharmD advisor and their graduate major advisor during posted advising time periods to determine optimal semester class enrollment.

 

e.  Maintain a 3.0 cumulative PharmD GPA - If a combination degree student's cumulative PharmD GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be required to put the PhD on hold until the PharmD GPA returns to 3.0 or greater or after completion of the PharmD degree.

 

f.  Meet academic standards compliance for both PharmD and PhD programs - Combination-degree students are required to remain in compliance with the academic standards of each degree granting unit.  For example, a student has to satisfy the College of Pharmacy GPA requirements solely on the basis of graded pharmacy school coursework, and a student has to satisfy the Graduate School's GPA requirements solely on the basis of graded graduate coursework taken within the Graduate School.

 

g.  Completion of all PhD degree requirements.

    • Completion of the PharmD Research Concentration
      1. Summer Research Program in the summers after the P1 and P2 years with enrollment in the PHRD 5064 research elective.  This will be completed in addition to the required Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE).  This program is a chance for the student to explore areas of research interest and major professors prior to beginning focused graduate research.  It requires active participation in a summer research project under the supervision of a graduate faculty member, a written summary of the research findings with presentation of their research in a research forum such as the College or University Research Symposium.
      2. Participation in Graduate Seminars.
      3. Completion of at least one research Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) elective during the P4 year.
    • Completion of all PhD coursework (minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework plus a minimum of 30 additional semester hours of seminars, dissertation research and directed study).  Some of this coursework can be combined credit for PharmD and PhD.
    • Complete a written dissertation with defense.
    • Pass a comprehensive written exam at the completion of 100% of coursework listed on the student's degree plan or be enrolled in all courses listed on the student's degree plan.

 

h.  Completion of PharmD and PhD degrees

    • The student will not be able to complete the PhD degree at the same time as the PharmD degree due to the requirements of the PhD degree.  The student also may not completed the PhD degree prior to completing the PharmD degree.
    • The student must apply to the Graduate School for re-entry into the Graduate School and Pharmacy PhD program and submit the Graduate School application fee upon graduating with the PharmD degree. 
    • The application process should be completed during the spring of the P4 year.

 

i.  Stipends

    • A research or teaching stipend may be available after completion of the PharmD degree and upon acceptance into the Graduate Program.  The student should consult their major professor or Director of COP Graduate Studies.

 

For more information, please contact:


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