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Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 May;81(4):72. doi: 10.5688/ajpe81472.

Career Progression of the Pharmacy/MBA Professional: Characterization and Perceptions of the Combined Degree.

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


Objectives. To characterize pharmacy/MBA professionals during their entry-level and current positions and to describe their attitudes and perceptions toward their combined degree. Methods. A cross-sectional survey of University at Buffalo (UB) alumni who obtained both pharmacy and MBA degrees was used. An electronic survey was developed through collaboration with the UB School of Management and administered in winter 2015. Results. A total of 68/115 (59% response rate) pharmacy/MBA professionals responded to the survey. Post-graduate training was completed by 24% of respondents, and most commonly it was a residency program. After adjusting for inflation to 2014 dollars, the median entry-level salary for pharmacy/MBA professionals was $140,123 (mean = $144,327) and this increased to $179,947 (mean = $205,623) for those in their current position. Practice settings for entry-level professionals included pharmaceutical industry (25%) and chain pharmacies (18%). Most respondents believed that a combined degree helped in career advancement (85%) and made them more competitive in the job market (90%). Conclusion. Pharmacy/MBA professionals are well-compensated, work in a wide-range of professional settings, and have a high-level of satisfaction with their combined degree.


career development; dual PharmD/MBA degree program; management; master of business administration (MBA); pharmacy education

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