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.


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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.


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This joint degree program integrates Pharmacy Science and clinical practice with health informatics, the goal being identification, collection, processing and management of information to support pharmacy practice, administration, education and research. It promotes the expansion of pharmacy knowledge and leadership and is an important new dimension of pharmacy practice. Students in this joint program learn to identify the social issues that inhibit the effective use of information technology in health care and to apply creative solutions that address these issues.


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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.


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There is widespread consensus that the US is facing a shortage of qualified researchers in clinical research who can apply accelerating advances in basic science and biotechnology to clinical practice as well as to translate clinical science into practice so that these advances improve population health. Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science (MS-CTS) will have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and will be able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate.

The College of Pharmacy also offers the following joint program of study option.