A new joint degree program is launching this summer and will allow student pharmacists at Washington State University to also obtain a master’s degree.

The WSU College of Pharmacy (COP) and Carson College of Business (CCB) have established a joint degree program that will allow eligible students to earn both the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees in four years.

The joint degree program is made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed by the deans of both colleges yesterday. New students will be able to apply to the program starting this summer.

“Students come into our program with varied backgrounds and diverse career objectives. The ability to obtain the Pharm.D. and MBA degrees simultaneously is a wonderful opportunity for students who have an entrepreneurial mindset. We value our relationship with the Carson College and are looking forward to launching this unique program,” said Gary Pollack, dean of the COP.

“Being innovative and adaptive in our graduate programs is vitally important. The Carson College of Business is pleased to partner with the College of Pharmacy to develop outstanding healthcare professionals with strong business leadership skills who will bring value to their communities,” said David Whidbee, dean of the CCB.

Students must apply separately and be admitted to each college. Full details on the program, including application requirements and deadlines, will be posted to the College of Pharmacy website: http://bit.ly/wsu-pharmd-mba as they become available. Those interested in pursuing the joint Pharm.D./MBA program can email Mel Baker at the COP, liss.baker@wsu.edu, or Mitch Swanger at the CCB, mitch.swanger@wsu.edu