Program Details


Designed to maximize graduates' opportunities in the for-profit sector, the PharmD/MBA allows students the opportunity to complete MBA course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the College of Business and Public Administration during their first professional year or when they are nearing the completion of 90 credit hours. The combined degree program typically takes an additional semester to complete beyond the pharmacy degree, rather than an extra two years if the two program were completed individually. Students who wish to complete both degrees in the four professional years will need to plan to complete MBA courses during the summer sessions.

It is recommended that students anticipating entry into the combined degree program take accounting (41/42), and economics (002) during their pre-pharmacy years. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)/GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is required for admission into the MBA program and should be completed
at an early date (semester prior to applying to the MBA program).  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the point of admission can have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived. It is recommended that students contact the College of Business and Public Administration Graduate Programs Office during the sophomore or P1 years to develop a plan for admission and completion of the degree.

Admission to the program is required before any graduate level (200+) courses may be taken.  Students may apply for admission early enough to begin graduate level (200+) courses following the completion of 90 credit hours.   
CPHS Pharmacy Outcomes

The purpose of the pharmacy professional program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in the entry-level practice of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in the following areas established by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE):

1.1. Learner (Learner)
2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver)
2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager)
2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter)
2.4. Population-based care (Provider)
3.1 Problem Solving (Problem Solver)
3.2. Educator (Educator)
3.3. patient Advocacy (Advocate)
3.4. Interprofessional Collaboration (Collaborator)
3.5. Cultural Sensitivity (Includer)
3.6. Communication (Communicator)
4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware)
4.2. Leadership (Leader)
4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator)
4.4. Professionalism (Professional)

Students with the PharmD/MBA have obtained management and administrative positions in all areas of pharmacy practice including but not limited to:

  • Independent Pharmacy Ownership
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Chain Pharmacy Management

  • Click here to view the curriculum guide for PharmD/MBA students entering Fall 2018 and 2019. Note that beginning with the 20-21 academic year, PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics will be offered in the spring rather than the fall semester. Students should plan their electives accordingly (e.g. complete a 3 credit Drake Curriculum/General or professional elective in the fall instead of the spring) to accommodate this change.

    Click here to view the curriculum guide for Pre-Pharmacy students entering Fall 2020.

    Curriculum Guide for Pre-Pharmacy and PharmD Students Entering Fall 2021


    Print Friendly Version
    First Year
    BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
    CHEM 001/3General Chemistry I & Lab (PHSC AOI)4 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
    FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
    INTD 025Bulldog Foundations1 CR
    PHAR 011CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    CHEM 002/4Chemistry II4 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
    HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
    MATH 050Calculus I3 CR
    PHAR 031CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Second Year
    BIO 095Medical Microbiology3 CR
    CHEM 097/98Org Chem/Lab I4 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec. (WRIT AOI)/Honors3 CR
    PHAR 051CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    CHEM 108/10Organic Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
    PHAR 071CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
    SCSR 073Public Speaking (CRIT AOI)3 CR
    STAT 060Stats for Life Sciences (OR HSCI 060) (CRIT AOI)3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Doctor of Pharmacy 1
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors2 CR
    PHAR 122Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I1 CR
    PHAR 125Physiology4 CR
    PHAR 130Biochemistry4 CR
    PHAR 131Intro to Pharm Science3 CR
    PHAR 144Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 12 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    PHAR 123Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II1 CR
    PHAR 132Pathophysiology4 CR
    PHAR 133Principles of Drug Action I5 CR
    PHAR 138Pharmaceutical Calculations2 CR
    PHAR 140Pharmaceutics I2 CR
    PHAR 145Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 22 CR
    PHAR 171Health Care Systems and Policies3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List3 CR
    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    MBA 200Seminar1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Doctor of Pharmacy 2
    MBA 200Seminar1 CR
    PHAR 134Principles of Drug Action II5 CR
    PHAR 141Pharmaceutics II3 CR
    PHAR 142Kinetics3 CR
    PHAR 149Immunizations1 CR
    PHAR 154Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
    PHAR 167Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III1.5 CR
    PHAR 172Literature Evaluation Methods3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    PHAR 135Principles of Drug Action III4 CR
    PHAR 143Therapeutic Drug Monitoring2 CR
    PHAR 155Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
    PHAR 168Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV1.5 CR
    PHAR 169Nonprescription Therapies3 CR
    PHAR 190Therapeutics I3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    MBA 200Seminar1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Doctor of Pharmacy 3
    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    PHAR 174Management in Pharmacy3 CR
    PHAR 175Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V2 CR
    PHAR 184Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
    PHAR 191Therapeutics II5 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR
    PHAR 162Pharmacy Law & Ethics3 CR
    PHAR 173Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy3 CR
    PHAR 176Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI2 CR
    PHAR 185Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
    PHAR 192Therapeutics III5 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    MBA 2-- ** See MBA Course List 3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Doctor of Pharmacy 4 (12 months/May through May)
    PHAR 285Rotations22 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    PHAR 285Rotations18 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Total Program Hours: 230

    Program Notes:

    RECOMENDED SUMMER COURSE WORK: Students who wish to complete both degrees in the four professional years will need to plan to complete MBA courses during the summer sessions. This program requires a careful selection of courses for the MBA degree as electives in the pharmacy curriculum. Students may enroll in additional summer coursework or complete final MBA courses after PharmD completion.  If the dual curriculum requires more than 18 credit hours in the fall or spring semesters, a credit fee waiver will be requested on the student’s behalf. If students wish to take beyond the required credit hours for the semester, they will need to request an “Over 18 Hours Request Form," which can be found in the Forms Library, and the additional course work will not qualify for an overload fee waiver.

    A total of 211 credits are required to complete the pharmacy degree.
    Students will be expected to complete the Drake Curriculum requirements.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required course work:  Artistic Experience, Engaged Citizen, Historical Foundations (2 courses), Global and Cultural Understanding, and Written Communication.

    Professional electives (5 cr.) are satisfied by MBA course work (6 cr. for P1 students entering Fall 2019 and prior); MBA Area of Specialization is satisfied by pharmacy course work.

    Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.

    Must complete GMAT/GRE and be admitted to the MBA program prior to enrolling in MBA courses. Following completion of 90 credit hours and admission into the MBA program, students may enroll in MBA course work.

    * MBA Course List
    May be completed once admitted to the MBA program:

    All students are required to take these two classes first, to provide a framework for decision making designed to increase value through increasing the long-run sustainability of the organization. 

    Corporate Governance & Ethics - Revised (MBA 240)    3 hours
    This course presents an in-depth examination of the issues related to corporate governance in an ethical society.

    Leading with Data - new (MBA 245)    3 hours
    This course will focus on the role of data in today's fast-paced, competitive, data-rich, global business environment.

    CORE    21 HOURS
    Required courses that provide students with knowledge that every manager needs to effectively lead an organization.  Each class emphasizes ethical questions that arise in the area and their impact on the decision making process and long-run sustainability.  
    Evaluating Organizational Performance (MBA 242)        3 hours
    This course provides students with a conceptual foundation that demonstrates how financial statements reflect the strategic decisions made across business disciplines.

    Creating Customer Value  (MBA 251)        3 hours
    An examination of how managers may build competitive advantages by creating value for customers.

    Enhancing Shareholder Value  (MBA 253)        3 hours
    Applied corporate finance which focuses on making strategic decisions that increase long-run sustainability and value.

    Leadership and Human Capital Development  (MBA 254)        3 hours
    Applied human resources management designed to improve leadership skills.

    Information Technology and Services Operations - revised (MBA 256)        3 hours
    A survey of the unique characteristics and applications of information systems and technology and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. Class discussion will focus on how information technologies function and how they may be successfully utilized by the business firms and other organizations. Particular attention is given to the impact of IT on organizational strategy.

    Project Management - New (MBA 257) 3 hours
    *Course description to come at a later date.

    Strategic Business Policy (Capstone Course)  (MBA 260)        3 hours
    Linking the core and foundation courses together to form a comprehensive organizational strategy.

    Each student takes 3 hours of professional development seminars taught during four week sessions prior to each semester.  The seminars are designed to provide students with increased exposure to current issues that are impacting their workplace.

    Advances in Business Technology
    Communicating Business Ideas
    Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Environmental Economics Managing Diversity
    Media Relations Recent Regulatory Changes
    Team Building