Purdue News

April 11, 2005

Purdue offers dual pharmacy-management degree

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue's schools of pharmacy and management are offering a dual degree combining the doctor of pharmacy and master's of science in industrial administration, a one-year equivalent to the MBA.

Five to 10 high-achieving students from the six-year Robert Heine School of Pharmacy program with an interest in management will be chosen each year to take classes in the Krannert School of Management program concurrently with their pharmacy classes. The students will still graduate in six years with degrees in both pharmacy and management.

"At the Krannert School, we like the program because it brings us top students who are scientifically and technically oriented," said Gerald Lynch, associate dean for programs and student services. "It also raises our profile in Indiana, where the biopharmaceutical-biomedical industry is significant now and is projected to grow in the future."

While as many as 30 of the 89 colleges of pharmacy nationally will offer a combined pharmacy-MBA in 2005-06, the Purdue program is the first to offer pharmacy students the opportunity to complete both degrees in six years. Other programs typically require an additional year of full-time management classes.

The Purdue dual-degree program sticks to the six-year pharmacy degree's original schedule by means of adding a summer session, the School of Pharmacy's accepting some core management courses for its elective requirements and the School of Management's accepting 13 hours of business-related pharmacy courses.

"The dual-degree program maintains the integrity of each of the degrees," said Joseph Thomas III, professor of pharmacy practice. "Students will complete all the core course requirements of both pharmacy and management to obtain the dual degrees."

The dual-degree program has been approved, and the schools are recruiting students among those applying for fall 2005 admission to the School of Pharmacy. The pharmacy school will publicize the dual-degree program among its students and screen applicants. Screened students must subsequently apply to and be accepted by the School of Management.

Both Lynch and Thomas said they view the dual-degree option as a competitive advantage in recruiting top students to their programs.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: Gerald Lynch, (765) 494-4388, lynch@purdue.edu

Joseph Thomas III, (765) 494-1477, jt3@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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