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College of Pharmacy

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Combination Degree Programs

Pharm.D. + MBA

Add practical business instruction to your professional patient care studies to prepare for a career in hospital or health systems, the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy benefit management organizations, or academia.

Earning concurrent Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees is ideal for a pharmacist who seeks to add practical business instruction to professional patient care studies. The combination of these programs is highly desirable for students who plan to pursue a career in hospital or health systems, the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy benefit management organizations, or academia.

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D./MBA is offered in partnership with the award-winning Darla Moore School of Business and allows students to concurrently achieve both degrees. Pharmacy students will be able to enroll in the Moore School's Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) program. As students complete pharmacy school, they can take advantage of the PMBA program’s course scheduling flexibility with evening classes, recorded lectures and distance education viewing sites throughout South Carolina and beyond.

UofSC pharmacy students who are interested in concurrently earning Pharm.D. and MBA degrees must formally apply for admission to the Darla Moore School of Business. In addition to completing the application, you’ll be required to take the GMAT or GRE as part of the admissions process.

Although the PMBA program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, the Moore School has agreed to accept Pharm.D. students who have completed the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first two professional years of the Pharm.D. program. You are eligible to begin the PMBA program in the fall of your third professional year, or you can opt to begin the PMBA program in the spring semester. You should apply during the semester prior to your anticipated start date.

Requirements for Pharm.D./MBA Application

  • Completion of pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • Admission into the Pharm.D. program
  • Completion of first two professional years of pharmacy school
  • Admission into the Darla Moore School of Business

The Darla Moore School of Business accepts University of South Carolina pharmacy students who have completed the pre-pharmacy curriculum plus the first two professional years of the Pharm.D. program.

The Professional MBA program is a year-round program that is offered over four 7-week terms: two fall terms, two spring terms, and two summer terms. The curriculum consists of 9 core courses and 7 elective courses as follows:

Core Courses

Course Number Course Title
ACCT 728 Financial Accounting
MGMT 770 Competing Through People
ACCT 729 Managerial Accounting
MGSC 711 Quantitative Methods
FINA 760 Financial Policies
MKTG 701 Marketing Management
MGSC 791 Operations Management
ECON 720 Managerial Economics
MBAD 702 Strategic Management

In the concurrent degree program, select PHMY courses can be used to satisfy up to nine credit hours of PMBA elective requirements. The following PHMY courses are currently approved for PMBA elective credit:

Elective Courses

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 762 Creating Pharmacy Leaders 2
PHMY 774 Pharmacy Political Advocacy 2
PHMY 776 Developing Medication Therapy Management Services 2
PHMY 850 Health Care Systems Management 4
PHMY 857 Community Pharmacy Practice & Operations 2
PHMY 909 Administrative Pharmacy Practice Experience 4
PHMY 932 Administrative Pharmacy Practice Experience II 4

Additionally, any PMBA courses offered through the Moore School can be used to satisfy up to eight credit hours of elective requirements for the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. program.


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