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About the PharmD + MBA

Why Pursue a PharmD and MBA at Cedarville?

If you're a PharmD student looking to enhance your business and leadership skills, the unique PharmD + MBA program will prepare you to excel in various pharmaceutical settings. Today's pharmacists are  increasingly taking on leadership roles in the healthcare system, and the PharmD + MBA will equip you as a pharmacist who leads effectively and ethically to the glory of Christ. You'll develop practical skills while making Christian professional connections that will last a lifetime.

Through the collaboration of Cedarville's School of Pharmacy and Robert W. Plaster School of Business, the PharmD + MBA program allows you to earn an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree while completing your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) on campus.

Typically, you will apply to the MBA program during the spring semester of your first professional year in the PharmD program. After successful admission, you'll begin online MBA courses in your second professional year and complete the final MBA coursework after finishing your PharmD.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Distinct Mission

    Cedarville prepares competent professionals who bring a compassionate, biblical perspective to their profession.
  • Critical Need

    Career demand and the expanding role of pharmacists in healthcare leads to a rewarding career of serving patients.
  • Proven Results

    Our graduates exceed national averages for pharmacy licensing test pass rate and being placed in residencies.

Program Overview

PharmD/MBA Highlights

Biblical — Cedarville’s commitment to the authority of the Bible is the basis for discussions on medical ethics, the sanctity of life, origins, and the balanced integration of faith and learning. As a result, you will be equipped to influence your profession and culture for Christ. You will also study business through a biblical lens that emphasizes excellence in personal standards, stewardship of God-given talents and resources, leadership with a servant’s heart, and kingdom influence through serving others.

Cost Effective — Your PharmD courses will satisfy up to one-third of the MBA coursework, reducing the time — and cost — it will take to complete the MBA. portion of your dual degree.

Employability — By adding an MBA to your PharmD degree, you will be equipped for management roles within various pharmacy settings.

Online, convenient MBA — You can complete your MBA completely online in convenient seven-week courses.

What Can You Do With a PharmD/MBA?

With a PharmD + MBA, you will be equipped with the business skills for management or entrepreneurial opportunities within the pharmaceutical field, including:

  • Chain Pharmacy Management
  • Community Pharmacy Ownership
  • Hospital Pharmacy Administration

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Experiential Learning — As a PharmD student, you will become a licensed intern in the state of Ohio during your first year in the professional program (you may also choose to gain licensure in another state as well). This will allow you to work in

various pharmacies and health-systems/hospitals during your PharmD program. You will complete experiential training throughout the entire curriculum.

Professional Organizations — You will be able to participate in professional organizations and in some cases take on leadership roles at the state or national level.

Research — Working with a faculty adviser, you can choose to conduct cutting-edge research.

Outreach — You can participate in a short-term medical missions trip or work in local pharmacies or clinics that care for underserved populations.

Hands-on MBA — Courses are designed for the online environment but include hands-on case studies, projects chosen by the student, simulation games, and personal development.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission through PharmCAS.

PharmD Admission Requirements MBA Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

PharmD Cost Information MBA Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll in the PharmD program and begin classes in August. The MBA has start terms in August, October, January, March, May, and July. Most PharmD + MBA students begin their MBA coursework in the summer following the P1 Year.

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Program Curriculum

Your four-year PharmD  professional curriculum was designed to meet the latest accreditation standards, including contemporary topics in pharmacy. It features a modular approach, allowing you to master course content progressively. Coupled with a class schedule that facilitates extensive practical experience and small-group learning with faculty mentors, this educational experience provides exceptional preparation for your career as a pharmacist. For your MBA, you will take nine core courses — three of which are part of the PharmD curriculum — and three elective courses.

Sample courses:

  • Applied Leadership
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1–6

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Graduate
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Program Contacts

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Jeffrey A. Bates, PharmD, BS Pharm, FMPA

Dean and Professor of Pharmacy Practice


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John Delano, PhD

Associate Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Information Technology Management


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Gayle Wilken

Director of Graduate Recruitment - Healthcare Programs


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