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Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 May;81(4):71. doi: 10.5688/ajpe81471.

Attitudes and Perceptions of Dual PharmD/MBA Degree Program Students.

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1
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, New York.
2
University at Buffalo School of Management, Buffalo, New York.

Abstract

Objectives. To understand pharmacy students' reasons for pursuing a dual PharmD/MBA degree and their perceptions of the impact a dual degree will have on their careers. Methods. This was a cross-sectional survey of registered students in the University at Buffalo PharmD/MBA program. An electronic survey was developed through collaboration with the UB School of Management and administered in January 2015. Results. A total of 23/24 (96% response rate) students who were enrolled in the PharmD/MBA curriculum responded to the survey. Respondents identified employment opportunities following graduation and career advancement as the most influential determinants in deciding to pursue an MBA degree. All respondents (100%) felt the job marketplace for pharmacy graduates is becoming increasingly difficult, 96% believe they will earn a higher midpoint salary with a PharmD/MBA, and 82% would recommend a PharmD/MBA to first year pharmacy students. Conclusion. Students are increasingly perceptive of the challenges in the current job marketplace and are taking advantage of a dual PharmD/MBA degree.

KEYWORDS:

PharmD/MBA; dual degree; master of business administration; students

PMID:
28630512
PMCID:
PMC5468709
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe81471
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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