Dual Degree Programs

The College of Pharmacy offers three dual degree programs. Students who pursue one of these courses of study graduate with two full degrees. 

Each of the dual degree programs combines a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree with another degree. Dual degree programs may require additional semesters of study. The dual degree programs are described below.

  • PharmD/PhD
  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MPH

Students interested in a dual degree program may be eligible for a scholarship through the Express Scripts Scholars Program. For more information, visit the Express Scripts page of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website.

For more information about any of the college's dual degree programs, contact College of Pharmacy Associate Dean John Murphy.


In this program, students pursue two degrees sequentially, one after the other, from the College of Pharmacy. Students first enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional degree program, following the normal PharmD admission procedures. After being admitted to the PharmD program, students contact the College of Pharmacy graduate program coordinator early in their PharmD program in order to express interest in pursuing a PhD, as well, in one of the pharmacy graduate tracks:

Students admitted to the PharmD program are allowed to take some graduate program elective courses, at the discretion of their PharmD adviser. The PharmD student does not officially apply to the PhD program until fall semester, third year in his or her PharmD program. The student follows the same admissions requirements as other PhD applicants:

  • Apply by the deadline, Dec. 1.
  • Provide the necessary materials to be evaluated by the Graduate Track Committee of the graduate track you are interested in pursuing, i.e., Pharmacology and Toxicology, Drug Discovery and Development, Pharmaceutics or health outcomes. For more information, see the How To Apply to a Graduate Program web pages.
  • Enter into the normal applicant pool for consideration for admission.
  • Interview with members of the Graduate Committee.
  • Officially be admitted ot the PhD program.

Applicants considered for admission will defer entry into the PhD program until their PharmD degree is completed (4th year).
For more information about the PharmD/PhD dual degree program, contact the Graduate Affairs office at the College of Pharmacy.


In this dual degree program, students pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration from the UA Eller College of Management. For more information:

PharmD/Master of Public Health

In this program, students study for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the College of Pharmacy and a Master of  Public Health from the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. For more information:

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: June 3, 2016
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