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New UW dual-campus PharmD-MBA concurrent degree program to launch Fall 2016

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA
UWSOP Assistant Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA Photo: Alex Levine Photography

Unique collaboration between UW and UW Bothell brings together the top of executive education value with the top pharmacist training program in the region

Student pharmacists at the University of Washington now have a tremendous opportunity to earn their PharmD and MBA degrees in just five years. The unique partnership between Schools at two different UW campuses allows students to weave MBA courses in with their pharmacy degree coursework, saving time and money.

The UW School of Pharmacy and the UW Bothell School of Business recently announced the new program opportunity, available to first-year students who are already in the PharmD program. “We are so pleased with this partnership between our two schools,” said Sean D. Sullivan, Professor and Dean of the UW School of Pharmacy. “We share a mission to develop leaders in the healthcare profession and together are uniquely positioned to support our students in launching their career as leaders in the field.”

Cap photoThe concurrent degree program goes beyond the business basics. With UW Bothell’s top-ranked educational value, choice of concentration, and the world-renowned faculty at UW School of Pharmacy, this program offers a new approach to health care leadership training. Students choose the Leadership or Technology track for their MBA, making them stand out in the market upon graduation.

Students will benefit in a number of ways, in both the short and long-term. Most immediately, they need only apply for the MBA program, as they are already enrolled in the School of Pharmacy. Given their proven academic credentials as UW PharmD students, UW Bothell School of Business is waiving the GMAT and GRE exam requirement.

Over the long term, they will gain the skills needed to manage community pharmacies, direct pharmacy operations in health systems or agencies, or step into other leadership roles. According to studies from the University of Buffalo and this one from South Carolina School of Pharmacy and The Citadel, PharmD-MBA graduates earn about 25% more, on average, than graduates with a PharmD degree alone.

Dr. Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean, School of Business, UW Bothell, says, “The School of Business at UW Bothell looks forward to welcoming PharmD students in our program. These students bring with them strong analytical abilities and a unique perspective into the healthcare sector. PharmD/MBA students are likely to rise to eminent leadership positions in the healthcare sector. We are delighted to be a partner in this effort.”

Current first-year UW PharmD students who have a bachelor’s degree were eligible to apply for this fall’s initial cohort. The MBA classes will kick off with a special leadership skills retreat in mid-September.


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The UW School of Pharmacy is a global leader in pharmacy education, research and service, committed to providing a transformative learning experience in a collaborative and diverse environment focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our mission is three-fold: inspiring education: developing exceptional, innovative and diverse pharmacy leaders and scientists; discovering solutions: advancing the science, development, implementation, and outcomes of safe and appropriate treatments; and serving people and communities: promoting the health and well-being of the public, locally and globally. The UW School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. For more information, visit

The UW Bothell School of Business is a dynamic, passionate and ambitious community of students, scholars, business leaders and staff. We inspire business excellence and enhance the vitality of the community through innovative research and exceptional educational programs with a strong commitment to ethical leadership, critical thinking and communication. The UW Bothell School of Business is independently accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The school is a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management (PRME) initiative, a UN Global Compact program. For more information, visit