October 10, 2017

The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy has announced a new dual degree program. In conjunction with the Ross School of Business, the dual Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program will be offered this academic year. The program is designed to help pharmacy students become more marketable and knowledgeable across disciplines.

While courses begin next spring/summer, students can begin applying this fall. To qualify, students must already be admitted in the College of Pharmacy and apply to Ross their third year of enrollment. This will allow students to complete their degrees within a five-year span.

“The College of Pharmacy has a long history of alumni becoming entrepreneurs and innovators in business, but much of this business acumen was learned after graduation,” said Dr. Bruce Mueller, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Pharmacy. “This dual degree program combines the strengths of the highly esteemed Ross School and College of Pharmacy and packages them in an accelerated 5-year program that will give our graduates a fantastic head start as they begin their professional careers.”

Ross’ action-based and experiential learning curriculum is ideal for PharmD/MBA students. Programs including the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP), Impact Challenge, and Crisis Challenge provide students the opportunity to utilize their business and communication skills to strategize, analyze and develop leadership skills applicable to their careers.

"Michigan Ross' partnership with the College of Pharmacy is truly innovative and one that meets the needs of today's array of global talent," said Brad Killaly, Associate Dean of Full-Time and Global MBA Programs at Michigan Ross. "The new PharmD/MBA dual degree gives students the opportunity to have a multifaceted background and explore various career options in the pharmaceutical industry, business and beyond. As the pharmaceutical and business sectors become increasingly connected, students will need the skill set and experience to become effective, impactful leaders in both areas."

To learn more about Michigan Ross MBA admissions deadlines and information, visit www.michiganross.umich.edu. The College also recently annouced a dual PharmD/MPH degree in partnership with the School of Public Health.