Combined Programs

Ohio State offers opportunities for students to complete a combined degree program. Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program may combine their degree with a master's in Business Administration or a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. These programs provide the opportunity for selected students to complete both degree requirements within a shorter time frame than completing each degree separately.

Students interested in these programs will need to apply and be admitted to both programs before being considered for the combined programs.


Students interested in the PharmD/MBA will typically apply for the MBA component during their third year in the PharmD program. Students must be independently admitted to the college offering the degree they wish to pursue. The general curricular structure for this combined degree offering is as follows:

 Years 1-3

  • Regular PharmD classes.

 Year 4

  • Full-time MBA classes.

 Year 5



  • Completion of Advanced Practice Experience Rotations for the PharmD.
  • Part-time engagement in MBA activities. [Note: When students are engaged in a combination of PharmD and MBA coursework, they will pay the higher tuition of the two.]

Enrollment in this combined degree program may be limited. Additional information is available at


Students interested in the PharmD/PhD are encouraged to pursue this option as early as possible, as coursework taken during the first year of the PharmD could be used toward one’s PhD. Additionally, PharmD/PhD students will most likely work in research labs over the summer as a PhD student. Students should contact to learn more about the PhD side of the process.