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ULM offering new dual degree for PharmD and MBA

Published January 11, 2019

The University of Louisiana Monroe is now offering a dual degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration.

A pharmacy student at work in the lab.

Because of the growing need for pharmacy professionals to be knowledgeable in the business of operating a pharmacy, the ULM College of Pharmacy and the ULM College of Business and Social Sciences have developed a program for the professional pharmacy student to graduate with both a PharmD and MBA.

"Health care is a business and a system of healing the sick. PharmD and MBA as a dual program is very progressive. It demonstrates ULM's foresight to plan for the future needs of Northeast Louisiana, and have the ability to deliver the workforce with the expertise to meet those needs," said ULM President Nick J. Bruno.

Graduates with both the PharmD and MBA are in high demand for leadership positions in retail and hospital pharmacy operations, federal and state health care agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution.
In addition to completing the curriculum of the PharmD program, the dual degree student will also complete the curriculum of the Pharmacy concentration of the MBA degree. Some courses within the PharmD curriculum also satisfy the MBA degree requirements and this decreases the length of time to obtain both degrees. Students may complete both degrees together or finish the PharmD and then complete the MBA online after graduation with the PharmD. There are several pre-requisite courses required prior to beginning the MBA program.  
More information is available at the College of Pharmacy ulm.edu/pharmacy/pharmdmba or by contacting Dr. Laurel Sampognaro, Director of Student Success, 318-342-1721, sampognaro@ulm.edu or Dr. Michael Cockerham, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 318-342-3171, cockerham@ulm.edu.