The idea of a Pharm.D-MBA program was born in early 2006 in discussions between several
faculty at the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business and the Texas Tech
University Health Science Center, School of Pharmacy. The central theme to the discussions
was the need to develop and train the future leaders of the profession. The Health
Organization Management concentration within the MBA program matched what the pharmacy
faculty believed were the necessary areas of focus to develop strong leaders in health
The curriculum emerged after several rounds of negotiation between the programs keeping
in mind the accreditation requirements of business and pharmacy. The curricular design
model was determined after reviewing other Pharm.D-MBA programs matched with the teaching
schedules and course prerequisites. Rather than adopting the various models currently
in use throughout the U.S., the faculty chose to use a dual-degree approach and integrate
both programs into a typical 4-year course of study. Since the program was structured
to be a dual-degree, it was essential that all of the approved content for both degree
plans be met.
The initial plan was to create several tracks for Pharm.D students to obtain the MBA.
The first track would be to offer the opportunity of taking the MBA coursework to
rising P2 and rising P3 students with the goal to phase out the P-3 program and only
retain the rising P2 program. This track required the development of separate curricula
to ensure that all requirements for both the Pharm.D and MBA were met. The first students
began class in the summer 2009. This track will end with the graduation of this first
The second track was viewed as the most desired by the faculty at both colleges. This
involved offering the program to P0-P1 students (accepted into pharmacy school but
not currently enrolled in pharmacy courses) as well as rising P2 students. The P0
students would begin MBA coursework in the summer prior to enrollment in the pharmacy
school. The rising P2 students would begin their MBA program in the summer between
the P1 and P2 years. The summer 2010 class will be the first under this track.
The third track was viewed as a future development and would involve the creation
of a post-Pharm.D graduate program that might, if the student chose, involve a concurrent
2-year management residency program. A start date for this track has not been identified.
The Pharm.D-MBA program at Texas Tech is the 31st program in the country and is the
only program between Georgia and Arizona. The HOM program at the College of Business
is one of the few accredited programs for health organization management in the country.
Mission and Vision
PharmD-MBA Program Information
Guidelines and Policies for the PharmD/MBA