MBA and PharmD Joint Degree Program

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA program will normally take place at the end of the second professional year. PharmD students must meet the regular admission requirements of the MBA program except they are required to have completed only the equivalent of an undergraduate degree at the time of admission. Applicants must request the College of Pharmacy to certify to the Graduate School that the student has completed 120 hours and that those 120 hours are equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

Waiver of Requirements

Course requirements will be waived for students who can demonstrate that they have taken equivalent courses within the last 5 years. If a course is waived, the student is required to substitute an alternative course in the field of study that was waived. Waiver of courses and substitutions must be approved by the MBA Director.

Academic Requirements

Any student who, after admission to the College of Business certificate program, falls below a 3.0 GPA or receives two C+ grades or a grade of D or F in any course is deemed to be doing unsatisfactory work and is subject to dismissal from the program. A student dismissed for academic reasons may apply for readmission to the certificate program no earlier than four months following his/her dismissal. Requests for readmission will be denied unless the student can demonstrate that the reasons for the previous unsatisfactory work have been rectified and he/she shows evidence of ability to perform satisfactorily in the certificate program. Courses in which a grade of D or F has been earned will not be counted toward fulfillment of program requirements. Students may not use more than two courses with a grade of C+ to satisfy certificate completion requirements.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the PharmD Program at Idaho State University may combine that degree program with an MBA degree with approximately one year of additional effort. The program is essentially the traditional MBA degree program with the use of some PharmD courses to meet MBA requirements.

During the two years of prepharmacy course work, the student should take:
ACCT 2201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
During the third year profession year in the Pharm.D. program and the summer preceding that year, the student should take:
MBA 6612Human Behavior in Organizations3
MBA 6613Marketing3
MBA 6614Operations Management3
MBA 6615Finance3
During the fourth professional year in the Pharm.D. program, students should take: 1
PHAR 9981Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience7

Six hours of specified experiential courses will satisfy the six elective hours required in the MBA curriculum.

Throughout and following the professional Pharm.D. program, the student must complete the second year of MBA curriculum, which includes:

Students must take the following 6 courses:

MBA 6620Quantitative Information for Business Decisions3
MBA 6621Managerial Decision Making and Negotiation3
MBA 6622Financial Management3
MBA 6623Marketing in a Consumer Culture3
MBA 6626Business Policy and Strategy3
MBA 6628Applied Business Solutions3
Total Hours18

In addition, students must take 2 courses from the following list:

MBA 6624Information Systems for Business3
MBA 6625Managerial Control Systems3
MBA 6629Productivity Management3
MBA 6637Business Analytics3
MBA 6641Relational Leadership3
INFO 6670Management of Informatics Projects3
Total Hours6

 Award of the MBA degree requires successful completion of the Pharm.D. degree or a bachelor’s degree at Idaho State University.