Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (PharmD/MBA)

In response to the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy and business administration, the USC School of Pharmacy helped pioneer an innovation in pharmaceutical education by developing a dual PharmD/MBA, offered since 1988—one of the first degree programs of its kind.

As the field of health care becomes more complex and more focused on cost-effectiveness, an understanding of accounting, communication, finance, decision-making, personnel, strategic planning and related areas is crucial for today’s practicing pharmacist, no matter what career option you choose.

The USC PharmD/MBA dual degree is offered cooperatively by the School of Pharmacy and the Marshall School of Business. The program permits completion of all pharmacy and business school requirements in a total of five years—one year less than would be required if each degree were completed independently.

Graduates of the PharmD/MBA dual-degree program are in high demand for rewarding jobs such as:

  • Director of hospital pharmacy operations
  • Departmental director in state and federal health care agencies
  • Department head in pharmaceutical manufacturing corporations
  • Administrator in research and managed care departments
  • Leadership position in pharmaceutical distribution organizations

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Students must be admitted to the USC School of Pharmacy and must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered for admission into the PharmD/MBA program.

Dual-degree applicants must also fulfill all requirements for admission to the regular MBA program to be considered for admission into the Marshall School of Business. Admission is based on:

  • Grade point average (average GPA for admitted students is 3.3)
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score (average score is 690)
  • Recommendation letters
  • Work experience
  • Personal essays

Students should begin the application process for the dual PharmD/MBA program during the summer before their first PharmD classes.

The MBA application is handled through the Marshall School of Business. For more information on how to apply, contact or (213)740-7846, identifying yourself as a prospective PharmD/MBA dual degree student.

Contact Information

For more information, please call the Office of Admission and Student Affairs at (323) 442-1469 or the Marshall School of Business at (213) 740-7846.