Joint Degree Programs

Join Degree vs. Dual Degree Program at UIC

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UIC makes a distinction between joint and dual degree programs.  Approved joint degree programs share a certain number of courses that are used to satisfy the degree requirements for both degrees.  With dual degree programs, there is no course overlap permitted to fulfill the degrees.

PharmD/PhD

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In response to industry and academic demands for pharmacists with PhD training, the College offers a joint Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) – PhD degree program. Students enrolled in this program can pursue the PharmD – the standard degree for pharmacists – simultaneously with any of our PhD degree offerings.

The joint program is highly competitive and designed for select students who have interests in both the clinical aspects of pharmacy and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. With judicious selection and timing of courses, joint program participants can earn both degrees in less overall time than would be required to complete the degrees separately.

PharmD/MBA

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The College of Business Administration and the College of Pharmacy offer a program of study leading to the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Pharmacy. The joint MBA/PharmD program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared students who are seeking health care and business preparation for health care executive positions in government, hospital systems, long-term care, health maintenance organizations, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting.

Certificate Programs

To further their educational experience, PharmD students may pursue certificate programs in Pharmacoepidemiology or Health Informatics.