Dual Degree Programs

The College of Pharmacy offers three dual degree programs, which are designed to meet the academic and career needs of professional and scientific pharmacists. These dual degrees are: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Master of Science in Pharmacy (BS/MS); Pharmacy and Public Health (PharmD/MPH); and Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (PharmD/MBA).

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Master of Science in Pharmacy

Program Overview

The College of Pharmacy’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Master of Science in Pharmacy dual degree program offers students an interdisciplinary education with specialized training in regulatory science or bench research.  The advantage of this program is that two degrees are earned in a more time efficient manner than obtaining two separate degrees. Graduates of this program have a strong knowledge base typical of students who earn a BS degree combined with greater practical skills. The program’s focus is suited for well-rounded students who develop a specialization that enhances their career path development.

How the Program Operates

The first of its kind in the nation, the BS/MS dual degree is available to students currently enrolled in the college’s B.S. program. These students are interested in bench research in the areas of pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutics, or advanced coursework and research in the regulatory sciences. Students enrolled in this program will complete a 174-hour curriculum in 5 years (including two summer semesters). The BS/MS program is available to students on the Athens campus; courses in the regulatory sciences track are all online and are taught by practicing professionals in the field.

BS/MS Tracks

The M.S. track in Regulatory Sciences trains students in current drug regulations governing the development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, animal health and combination products. Graduates with this combination degree are ideal for regulatory positions in CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and control) and/or research and development. This track provides students with considerable expertise in the global regulatory sciences and allows them to be extremely competitive for positions in industry where most of this information is learned on the job.

The M.S. track in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences provides students with the ability to specialize in the areas of pharmacology, drug delivery, or medicinal chemistry. Graduates from this track gain considerable intensive laboratory training and provides them the practical experience to become more competitive for research positions in industry or to prepare for highly competitive graduate programs that value previous research experience.

Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor and Georgia Department of Economic Development Statistics, between 2012-2022:

  • medical and clinical laboratory technologists’ jobs are expected to increase by 22%
  • medical scientist employment is expected to grow by 13%
  • in Georgia, the areas of professional, scientific and technical services are expected to increase by more than 29%.

Areas of practice for BS/MS graduates include:

  • research and development
  • quality assurance and quality control
  • process development and validation
  • pharmacovigilance
  • compliance

For More Information

For information on this program, contact Dr. Gurvinder Singh Rekhi, academic professional associate and director of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, gsrekhi@uga.edu or 706-542-5343; Johnna Hodges, assistant director of the International and Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program, jhodges@uga.edu or 678-985-6808; or Robyn Malone, ransley2@uga.edu or 706-542-9755

Pharmacy and Public Health (PharmD/MPH) Dual Degree

Program Overview

The College of Pharmacy offers a dual-degree, graduate-level program with the College of Public Health. The PharmD/MPH degree combines the professional doctor of pharmacy degree with the graduate master of public health degree with four programs of study: health promotion and behavior, health policy and management, epidemiology, or biostatistics. Established in 2011, this program was the first dual degree opportunity established at the College of Pharmacy.

How the Program Operates

Students who have been accepted into the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at the College of Pharmacy may successfully matriculate through the professional pharmacy program and the master’s program at the College of Public Health with the same total coursework requirements for both separate degrees. The PharmD courses taken for graduate credit will entail additional course assignments over and above the requirements for traditional pharmacy students for those courses taken at the College of Public Health.

Job Outlook

There is a growing need for practitioners trained to work in the field of public health who can establish policies and procedures for chronic disease management, wellness programs, emergency preparedness, and educational programs for healthcare workers. The program allows for the availability of affordable education and training so that more professionals with expertise in public health will remain in Georgia and the southeast.

Program Resources

PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Program

How to Apply to Master of Public Health Program

For More Information

For information on this program, contact Trina von Waldner, Director of Continuing Professional Development and Outreach and director of the PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Program, at tvonwald@uga.edu, 706-542-4539.

Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (PharmD/MBA) Dual Degree

Program Overview

College of Pharmacy students interested in expanding their knowledge-base to include business skills can earn a Master’s of Business Administration along with their Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the PharmD/MBA Dual degree program.

How the Program Operates

Established in the spring of 2018, this dual degree program is a collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and UGA’s Terry College of Business. The PharmD program is a four-year (nine semesters) doctoral program. The MBA degree option adds a fifth year of study for students who are accepted into the program.  Students will be able to apply to the MBA program during their second year of PharmD studies and enroll in graduate business classes during year three. After completion of the program at Terry, students will return to the College of Pharmacy to complete their last two years of the pharmacy program.

Job Outlook

The program provides pharmacy students with the expertise needed to meet the technological, scientific and research demands of the health care industry, along with business skills necessary for professional advancement and success. Students who opt for this program will have a more competitive advantage in the job market, improved opportunities for advancement, and better chances of landing a prestigious pharmacy residency. With advanced management and business skills, pharmacists can have a leading role the in the healthcare profession and create opportunities to contribute to improving public health in substantive ways.

For More Information

For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Perri, professor in the college’s Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy department and the director of the PharmD/MBA Dual Degree Program at mp3@uga.edu or 706-542-5365.