The VCU School of Pharmacy offers several combined Pharm.D./graduate programs for exceptional students who want the training to pursue careers beyond that of the average pharmacist – Pharm.D./Ph.D. and the Pharm.D./MBA. All combined programs will differentiate students from the typical pharmacy graduate by giving them the tools and experiences to succeed in challenging jobs.
The different combined degree options are compared to other educational options in the following table. Each combined graduate program permits students to gain a graduate degree in significantly less time than possible through traditional graduate programs. In addition, students will find that their graduate training helps enhance their professional training and helps them get more “bang-for-the-buck” in their education.
The combined program you choose will depend on the type of career you want, the time you are willing to expend (all are challenging and require significant commitment from students), your financial situation, and your ability to get accepted. The three combined degree options are described below:
The Masters in Business Administration (MBA) is a general graduate business degree designed to teach people without significant business education to become a manager. Courses are designed to be broadly applicable to any type of business. A typical MBA program requires students to take courses in accounting, economics, management, statistics, marketing, finance, and business law. Students then chose one of those areas of specialty for further course work. The degree takes an additional year of education beyond the Pharm.D. and no research thesis project is required. As with the Combined Pharm.D./MS, students can realize efficiencies in their education that permits them to graduate sooner then might be expected with traditional MBA degrees.
For information, contact David Holdford
The Ph.D. Degree in Pharmaceutical Science is a research degree that is the highest educational degree possible. It trains students to answer complex research questions and develop high levels of research and analysis capabilities. Students can study in a broad range of areas relating to pharmacy administration or pharmacotherapy. Students also complete more complex research (i.e., a dissertation) and training that make them among the educated elite. This education prepares individuals for career opportunities at the highest levels of government, academia, consulting, and industry. Career opportunities with this degree are global. Students who complete the combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. can cut two years off of the time normally required to complete a Ph.D. Nevertheless, the degree still takes from 2 to 4 years of education beyond the Pharm.D. program depending on your area of research and study. Therefore, students should not enter into the combined Ph.D. program without a clear idea of what they want to do with their lives.
For information, contact Jürgen Venitz
To help you decide whether the combined Pharm.D. graduate program is for you, we have included the following frequently asked questions (FAQ):