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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Programs of Study Dual-Degree Options  

Dual-Degree Options


The Pharm.D./master of business administration (M.B.A.) is designed for students who wish to add business expertise to their professional pharmacy education. Pharm.D. students may earn advanced standing in the Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick (RBS) master of business administration (M.B.A.) program for some of their required and elective Pharm.D. courses. Pharm.D. students, who meet academic eligibility requirements, may apply to the Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick in their fourth professional year. If accepted, students matriculate into RBS immediately after completion of the Pharm.D., or they may defer enrollment for one year. With advanced standing, full-time students will complete the M.B.A. in approximately 15 months; part-time students need approximately three years to complete the program.


The Pharm.D./master of public health (M.P.H.) program is designed to provide students with in-depth complementary training as pharmacists and public health experts. The Pharm.D./M.P.H. is offered jointly with the School of Public Health. Graduates will build on their pharmacy training with a sound understanding of public health fields, such as organization of health services, pharmacoepidemiology, health care policy, biostatistics, and environmental health. Students meeting the eligibility requirements may apply for admission during the second professional year or later after completing two public health core courses. Students enroll in the School of Public Health after they complete the Pharm.D. program. With advanced standing, full-time students may finish the M.P.H. in one year; part-time students need approximately three years to compete the program.


The Pharm.D./doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree option is designed to meet the needs and interests of exceptionally bright and highly motivated students wishing to pursue the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students are eligible to apply for entry into the graduate program in pharmaceutical science, the joint graduate program in toxicology, or the program in medicinal chemistry by the end of the second professional year of the Pharm.D. program. Applicants must meet the entry criteria, including academic performance standards and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as set by the graduate program and an interview with a member of the dual-degree faculty committee. Admitted students will continue in the Pharm.D. program and complete graduate courses and/or research during the summer and also in place of professional electives. Students will complete the Pharm.D. and graduate at the end of the fourth professional year. They will remain in graduate school for approximately three years while engaging predominantly in research with a mentor and advisory committee. Over this time the student will complete required coursework and conduct research in accordance with the curriculum of the graduate program and will fulfill the requirements of both degrees in six plus three years. The program is highly individualized to the student's research interests.


The Pharm.D./doctor of medicine (M.D.) dual-degree option, developed jointly by Rutgers' Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), is the first dual degree of its kind in the United States. Only currently enrolled Pharm.D. students at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy are eligible to apply for admission. This highly selective program is designed to create an elite cadre of interdisciplinary practitioners, highly skilled in the disciplines of both pharmacy and medicine, and poised to provide leadership in collaborative clinical practice, academic research, public policy, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Applicants must be in the second or third year of the professional program at the School of Pharmacy and have an excellent academic record, typically with a GPA of 3.5 or better.Clinical and/or research experience, service, and leadership are also essential. Prospective students should pursue opportunities to engage in clinical settings, participate in interprofessional programs, and work with student organizations to provide community service in health-related fields. Applicants are first screened by a School of Pharmacy committee; successful applicants are then referred to the Robert Wood Medical School for additional screening and for a final decision on admission.

Dual-degree students are encouraged to participate in interprofessional programs with students in other fields of health care. In their final year at the School of Pharmacy, they are assigned to specialized clinical clerkships emphasizing collaborative practice with medical students and physicians. Once students begin the RWJMS curriculum, specialized enrichment options will provide opportunities to take advantage of their extensive knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacy practice. A capstone experience brings together their interests and experiences in pharmacy and medicine. The dual-degree program requires two years of preprofessional study, four years in the Pharm.D. program, and four years in medical school.

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