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Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration

Degree Type: Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration
College(s): College of Pharmacy

 Why Choose the Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA?

There has been and will continue to be a significant increase in the opportunity for pharmacists to move into new roles, including management and pharmacoeconomic positions, requiring a significant grounding in business methodology.

A dual PharmD and MBA degree is a logical combination of two Ferris State University degrees that can provide select Pharmacy students with the unique capability of meeting the clinical expectations of the medical community with greatly enhanced business acumen demanded in today's cost conscious health environment.

Career Opportunities

Since its inception in 1893, the College of Pharmacy has adapted its programming to meet the challenges and complex demands of an ever-changing profession. Current emphasis is on clinical practice and the provision of medication therapy management to ensure that the patient's drug therapy is appropriate, safe, effective for the condition being treated and cost-effective. Graduates of the College will be prepared to deliver care to patients in a wide range of practice settings.

The PharmD/MBA is intended for Pharmacy students interested in corporate management positions within the pharmaceutical industry, health care industry, or corporate pharmacies (chains.)

Admission Requirements

The Ferris PharmD/MBA is a program option available only to currently enrolled PharmD students who have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA their first year of studies. Only those students who have demonstrated the academic capability and motivation to succeed in this rigorous program option will be considered.

Minimum Requirements for Admission:

  • Concurrent enrollment in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
  • Overall Professional Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or better
  • Good academic standing in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the joint Pharm.D./MBA, applicants must submit the following documents to the College of Pharmacy Dean's Office:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume.
  • Statement of Purpose, approximately one typed page, explaining your reasons for seeking admission into the joint Pharm.D./MBA program.

Additional admission to the MBA is granted to students showing high promise of success. The above measures, along with other reasonable indications of promise, will be used in combination to arrive at a final judgment.

Graduation Requirements

The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University grants the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Graduation requirements for the Pharm.D. degree include completion of all work outlined in the Pharm.D. curriculum, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and recommendation for the degree by the faculty of the College of Pharmacy based on academic performance and ethical and professional standards.

The College of Business at Ferris State University grants the MBA degree. Graduation requirements for the MBA degree include completion of all work outlined in the MBA curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.  No grade below a C and no more than two C grades will be counted toward the MBA degree. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained to avoid dismissal from the MBA program. Degree must be completed within five years from first semester of enrollment. Students must complete an application to graduate before their degree will appear on transcripts and a diploma is issued.

Twelve credits are shared between the two degrees including a six (6) credit hour experiential in one of the following options: Corporate Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Industry, or Health System Pharmacy.

More Information

College of Pharmacy
Ferris State University
220 Ferris Drive, PHR 105
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Phone: (231) 591-2304 

or 

College of Business Graduate Programs

119 South Street, BUS 212B

Big Rapids, MI  49307-2284

Phone: (231) 591-2168

 

The College of Pharmacy is recognized by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the national accrediting agency for all colleges of pharmacy. Ferris is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Medical Biochemistry
3
Molecular Biochem and Biotech
3
Pathophys Basis of Therapeut 1
3
Pathophys Basis of Therapeut 2
3
Drug Delivery 1
3
Drug Delivery 2
4
Pharmaceutical Calculations
1
Pharmacy and Health Care in US
3
Clinical Communications
2
Nonprescrip Meds and Self-Care
3
Practice Skills Lab 1
1
Practice Skills Lab 2
1
Community Intro Phar Pract Exp
2
Drug Action 1
4
Drug Action 2
4
Drug Action 3
4
Drug Action 4
4
Applied Micro/Infect Dis 1
3
Applied Micro Infect Dis 2
3
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 1
3
Pharmacokinetics
3
Practice Skills Lab 3
1
Practice Skills Lab 4
1
Longitud Pt-Centered IPPE 1
.5
Inst Intro Phar Prac Exp
2
Pharmacotherapeutics 1
4
Pharmacotherapeutics 2
3
Pharmacotherapeutics 3
4
Pharmacotherapeutics 4
3
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 2
3
Pharmacy Law
2
Sociopharm and Profess Ethics
3
Drug Info/Clin Lit Eval
3
Practice Skills Lab 5
1
Integrated Case Studies
2
Longitud Pt-Centered IPPE 2
.5
Internal Medicine APPE
6
Ambulatory Care 1 APPE
6
Institutional APPE
6
Community APPE
6
Doctoral Project
.5
Note: PHAR 491 and PHAR 591 are taken twice for a total of 1 credit.
PHAR Electives - Students must take one elective in their first year and one elective in their second year.  View Electives in Pharmacy Program Listing.
4
English Composition:
Students must take an advanced English Composition class in their first year - ENGP 321 or ENGP 421. ENGP 421 must be taken if a student has acquired a Bachelor degree or has already taken ENGL 321 at Ferris State University.
3
Clinical Clerkship Rotation Electives
Students must take two clerkship rotation electives in their fourth year.
View Clinical Clerkship Electives in Pharmacy Program Listing.
30
Twelve MBA Core Courses - 36 Credits
MMBA 796 - MBA Thesis is 3 Credits
Accounting for Managers
3
Information Systems Strategy
3
Corporate Finance
3
Managers & the Legal Envmnt
3
Leadership & Org. Change
3
Research Methodologies
3
Global Business Management
3
Strategic Marketing Decisions
3
Managerial Economics
3
Lean Enterprise Systems
3
Business Strategy & Innovation
3
The MBA Thesis
3 TO 6
PharmD/MBA Concentration 12 Credits
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 1
3
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 2
3
PharmD/MBA Clerkships - 6 Credits
Choose One:
Corporate Pharmacy MBA APPE
6
Pharmaceutical Indust MBA APPE
6
Health Systems Pharm MBA APPE
6