For qualified Pharmacy students, Mercer University provides an opportunity to pursue the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree concurrently with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The MBA is earned through the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business.
The MBA degree is a professional degree for qualified students interested in the management of human, material and/or financial resources in business, government and nonprofit institutions. The degree is designed to complement the Pharm.D. degree to broaden the occupational and professional opportunities of the prospective graduate in community, industry or institutional practice.
The outcomes of the PharmD degree program also apply to the PharmD/MBA program. The objectives of the MBA program are published in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business section of the Cecil B. Day (Atlanta) Campus Catalog.
In order to apply for admission to the MBA program, PharmD students must have received a bachelor’s degree or successfully completed 120 hours of college credit. At 120 hours of college credit, the student is considered to have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in terms of a focused record of study. Admissions requirements for the MBA program are outlined on the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business MBA website. At the time of application, a GMAT/GRE waiver may be available.
While completing the requirements of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students may take classes in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business toward the MBA degree provided they maintain a 2.75 minimum pharmacy school grade point average. Please refer to the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business graduate program section of the Cecil B. Day (Atlanta) Campus Catalog for program details.
MBA core courses offered at the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business can be used to satisfy professional-level elective hours required for the PharmD program. This does not preclude students from taking professional-level electives in the PharmD program, and students are encouraged to take advantage of elective courses offered by the College of Pharmacy that will further develop their knowledge and skills in specific areas within the field of pharmacy.
M.B.A. Program Tuition
PharmD/MBA students are eligible for a reduced tuition rate on their MBA courses.
Academic advisement for students pursuing the joint PharmD/MBA program is provided by the PharmD/MBA program director in the College of Pharmacy and the Office of Academic Affairs in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business.