Dual Degree Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the dual degree options?
Students enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program are eligible to complete any of the following dual degree programs:

  • PharmD/Masters in Business Administration
  • PharmD/Masters in Public Administration
  • PharmD/Masters in Public Health
  • PharmD/Masters in Physician Assistant Studies

What is a Master of Business Administration (MBA)?
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is a very popular choice for students looking to distinguish themselves as qualified for management positions. The MBA program is recognized worldwide and is considered as a major step towards a successful business management career. MBA programs expose students to a variety of subjects, including economics, organizational behavior, marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, leadership, operations management, international business, information technology management, supply chain management, project management, government policy, and ethics.

An MBA degree is highly valued in business and administration. Irrespective of the industry or profession, an MBA degree can benefit those in business and management, especially those in executive and managerial positions.

For more information on the University of Kentucky MBA program go to: http://gatton.uky.edu/mba/.

What is a Masters of Public Administration (MPA)?
A Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that provides training in public policy and project and program implementation. MPA programs focus on public administration at the local, state, national/federal levels, as well as in the nonprofit sector. The MPA degree is interdisciplinary, drawing from fields such as economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science in order to equip graduates with skills and knowledge covering a broad range of topics and disciplines relevant to the public sector. A core curriculum of a typical MPA program usually includes courses on microeconomics, public finance, research methods/statistics, policy process and policy analysis, ethics, public management, leadership, and program evaluation or performance measurement.

For more information on the University of Kentucky MPA program go to: www.martin.uky.edu.

What is a Master of Public Health (MPH)?
A Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional master's degree awarded for studies in areas related to public health. The MPH focuses on public health practice and equips the graduate with basic skills to conduct public health research. The degree is designed to expose the student to five core public health areas: Public Health Policy and Management, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences/Health Education, and Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. Additional elective classes in one of the core areas completes the MPH with competencies in one specialty  The MPH degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in planning careers in public health service, regulatory agencies and related professions.

For more information on the University of Kentucky MPH program go to: http://www.mc.uky.edu/publichealth/.

What is a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)?
The Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) prepares individuals for patient care roles as a Physician Assistant (PA). Under the supervision of a physician, a PA can diagnose and treat patients, as well as provide a number of health and wellness activities. Thus, the MSPAS curriculum provides a focus on diagnostic and procedural skills that can be applied to a wide variety of patient populations (e.g., internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics). Much like pharmacy, to practice as a PA, individuals must pass a national examination. The University of Kentucky program focuses on developing primary care providers, particularly those who seek caregiver roles in a rural setting. The PharmD/MSPAS dual degree program requires a total of five (5) years, rather than the four-year period associated with other PharmD dual degree options.

For more information on the University of Kentucky MSPAS program go to: http://www.mc.uky.edu/PA/index.html.

How much does it cost to pursue a dual degree?
During any period of full-time College of Pharmacy enrollment the student will pay fees/tuition at the Pharmacy College rates. What this effectively means is that students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy do not pay any additional tuition for the dual degree courses as long as they are enrolled as full time students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. For semesters in which the student is enrolled full-time in graduate courses, the pertinent Graduate School tuition would apply; this primarily affects portions of the MSPAS dual degree program.

When do I start the dual degree program?
Typically, students begin their dual degree program in the fall semester of the second year of the doctor of pharmacy program. MSPAS students begin additional coursework for their dual degree program in the spring semester of the third year of the doctor of pharmacy program.

What if I am a PY2 or PY3? Is it too late to start a dual degree program?
It is possible to begin a dual degree in the Fall of PY3 and complete the program in two years. Doing so requires a higher workload in order to complete both programs on time; however, there have been several students who have decided to begin a dual degree at the beginning of their PY3 year and have succeeded in completed both degrees by the end of their PY4 year. To date, one student has completed the MPA program after starting in PY3 and two students have completed the MBA program after starting in PY3. Because specific coursework is required during the third professional year of the PharmD program, students must apply to the MSPAS program during the spring semester of their second professional year. It is not possible to apply at any other time.

Am I qualified for a dual degree program?
Eligible students must be enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy as a full-time professional student. Successful completion of the PY1 year of the doctor of pharmacy program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for students to begin a dual-degree program at the start of their PY2 year (or PY3 year for MSPAS).

I do not have a Bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply for a dual degree program?
The Graduate School requires a minimum of 90 hours of undergraduate credit to enroll in one of the pharmacy dual degree programs. At the end of PY1 all pharmacy students have the required minimum number of undergraduate credits even if they do not hold a Bachelor’s degree.

What are the prerequisite courses for the dual degree programs?
Prerequisites for each program are different, and are listed below.

MBA
Pre-requisite courses are:
  • ECO 201 – Principles of Economics I
  • ECO 202 – Principles of Economics II
  • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 202  - Managerial Use of Accounting Information

These courses (or their approved equivalent) may be taken at any accredited university, via correspondence or independent study. For further information on pre-requisite courses contact Beverly Kemper at the MBA Center at 257-7722, or email: kemper@.uky.edu

MPA
Pharmacy students have all of the pre-requisite courses needed for the MPA program.

MPH
Pharmacy students have all of the pre-requisite courses needed for the MPH program.

MSPAS
Additional prerequisite courses that pharmacy students must complete are:

  • PSY 100 – General Psychology
  • PSY 223 – Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 101 / ANT 101 – Sociology OR Anthropology
  • Human Anatomy 209 or - completed both sections of a combined anatomy and physiology course to meet the requirement, i.e. ANA/PHY I &II will have to be taken.

Prerequisite courses are under review. These courses (or their approved equivalent) may be taken at any accredited university. For further information, review information provided at http://www.mc.uky.edu/PA/faq.html.

Patient Care Experience Requirement

  • Direct Patient Care Experience >/= 1000 hrs
  • Up to 500 Pharmacy Tech Hours
  • Volunteer or paid experiences. All hours must be documented on your PAS application.
  • 320 pharmacy intern hours count toward this requirement (IPPE I PS 928 and IPPE II PPS 948)
  • PA-C Shadowing >/=50 hrs - volunteer or paid
  • Timeline to obtain both types of experience: 1050 hrs by August 1
What kind of jobs do dual degree graduates have?
The following is a partial list of employers who have employed graduates of University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy dual degree programs.
Students are encouraged to contact current dual degree students and dual degree graduates to obtain further information about the career opportunities available for dual degree graduates.

What steps do I take to apply to the dual PharmD / MBA program?
A student desiring admission into the dual degree program will be required to apply formally and independently to both programs. Admission standards are the same as if the student were applying solely to one program. To be admitted, an applicant is required to meet the independent admission standards of the College of Pharmacy, The MBA Program, and The Graduate School. Students must be admitted to the Graduate School prior to undertaking MBA coursework.

For the MBA Program, application will be made to The MBA Center. Students who do not hold an awarded bachelor’s degree must have at least 90 hours of undergraduate credits to apply to the Graduate School. All applicants must meet the minimum grade point average requirements of the Graduate School for admission. The applicant's performance on the PCAT and letters of recommendation will be considered to establish admission eligibility. The following is the list of steps to complete the application process.

  1. Obtain and complete a UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application Form (internal permission form). Permission to pursue the dual degree is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs based on input from the College of Pharmacy Academic Performance Committee and from faculty advisors for each dual degree program. Once permission is granted (as denoted on the UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application form), the student may continue the rest of the formal application process.
  2. You must complete all pre-requisite courses prior to being formally admitted into the MBA program. However, you may start the application process before completing all of the courses.
  3. Pre-requisite courses are:

    • ECO 201 – Principles of Economics I
    • ECO 202 – Principles of Economics II
    • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting I
    • ACC 202  - Managerial Use of Accounting Information

    These courses may be taken at any accredited university, via correspondence or independent study. For further information on pre-requisite courses contact Beverly Kemper at the MBA Center at 257-7722, or email: kemper@uky.edu .

  4. Obtain and complete an MBA application. You can obtain a copy of the application from the website: http://gatton.uky.edu/Programs/MBA/ReadyToApply.html.
  5. Obtain and complete a Graduate School application. You can link to the Graduate School application on the MBA application site or you can access the Graduate School website at:  http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/ProspectiveStudents/Admission.html.
  6. Submit the MBA application and Graduate School application as soon as possible so that they may begin a file for you.
  7. Beverly Kemper, the MBA Program Coordinator (257-7722; kemper@uky.edu) will assist with your MBA class sequencing and registration after you are formally admitted to the program. If you are not accepted into the dual degree program you will need to register for an elective course through the College of Pharmacy.
  8. Students that begin a dual degree program must remain on track to satisfy all components of both the PharmD and dual degree.  Those who do not stay on track to complete the dual degree will not be allowed to count dual degree prerequisites or program coursework towards the 8 hours of elective credit necessary for PharmD program completion (and graduation).  This would delay your graduation, should you have insufficient elective hours.  Should you later determine that you will no longer participate in the MBA dual degree program (should you be successful in your formal application), you are required to notify the College of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Office immediately..

What steps do I take to apply to the dual PharmD / MSPAS program?
A student desiring admission into the dual degree program will be required to apply formally and independently to both programs. Admission standards are the same as if the student were applying solely to one program. To be admitted, an applicant is required to meet the independent admission standards of the College of Pharmacy, The MSPAS Program, and The Graduate School. Students must be admitted to the Graduate School prior to undertaking MSPAS coursework.

The MSPAS Program requires three applications (described at http://www.mc.uky.edu/PA/app.html) that must be completed during the spring semester of the PY2 year:

  1. Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) – national application system
  2. The Graduate School, University of Kentucky
  3. College of Health Sciences Supplemental Application, University of Kentucky

Students who do not hold an awarded bachelor’s degree must have at least 90 hours of undergraduate credits to apply to the Graduate School. All applicants must meet the minimum grade point average requirements of the Graduate School for admission. The applicant's previous academic achievements, performance on the GRE and letters of recommendation will be considered to establish admission eligibility by the College of Health Sciences. The following is the list of steps to complete the application process.

  1. Obtain and complete a UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application Form (internal permission form). Permission to pursue the dual degree is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs based on input from the College of Pharmacy Academic Performance Committee and from faculty advisors for each dual degree program. Once permission is granted (as denoted on the UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application form), the student may continue the rest of the formal application process.

  2. You must complete all pre-requisite courses and take the GRE (http://www.ets.org/gre/) prior to applying to the MSPAS program at the conclusion of the spring semester of the second professional year.

    Additional prerequisite courses are:

    • PSY 100 – General Psychology
    • PSY 223 – Developmental Psychology
    • SOC 101 / ANT 101 – Sociology OR Anthropology
    • Human Anatomy 209 or - completed both sections of a combined anatomy and physiology course to meet the requirement, i.e. ANA/PHY I &II will have to be taken.
  3. Obtain and complete all three phases of the application process, as described at http://www.mc.uky.edu/PA/app.html. The specific deadlines for each application phase (e.g., mid-April – CASPA portal opens) are also listed at the website. Note that individual fees may be required for each element of the application.
  4. You are required to assemble and submit all elements of the application in one packet directly to:

    Office of Admissions & Student Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Kentucky
    111 UK Wethington Building
    Lexington, KY 40536-0200

  5. If granted an interview, you will be notified in July or early August.
  6. Contact Linda Allen (laalle1@uky.edu), Admissions Officer in the College of Health Sciences, should you have any questions about the status of your application.
  7. Students that begin a dual degree program must remain on track to satisfy all components of both the PharmD and dual degree.  Those who do not stay on track to complete the dual degree will not be allowed to count dual degree prerequisites or program coursework towards the 8 hours of elective credit necessary for PharmD program completion (and graduation).  This would delay your graduation, should you have insufficient elective hours.  Should you later determine that you will no longer participate in the MSPAS dual degree program (should you be successful in your formal application), you are required to notify the College of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Office immediately..

What steps do I take to apply to the dual PharmD / MPA program?
For the MPA Program, application will be made to The Graduate School. Students who do not hold an awarded bachelor's degree must have at least 90 hours of undergraduate credits to apply to the Graduate School. In addition to course grades (GPA), the applicant's performance on the GRE and letters of recommendation will be considered to establish admission eligibility. The following is the list of steps to complete the application process.

  1. Obtain and complete a UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application Form (internal permission form). Permission to pursue the dual degree is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs based on input from the College of Pharmacy Academic Performance Committee and from faculty advisors for each dual degree program. Once permission is granted (as denoted on the UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application form), the student may continue the rest of the formal application process.
  2. Take the GRE as soon as you can. You can obtain information on the GRE at the following link.
  3. Submit your Graduate School Application as soon as possible. You may access the Graduate School application from the following website: http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/ProspectiveStudents/Admission.html.  Using this system, you will:
    • Set up a new account, pay the application fee and establish a user name and password
    • Complete the application form, including your GRE or GMAT scores.  If you are requesting conditional admission without scores, indicate that. 
    • Upload copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
    • Upload a  2-3 page biographical sketch that describes your reasons for wanting to earn your Pharm.D/MPA degree.
    • Upload a resume.
    • Supply the e-mail addresses for at least three  individuals, preferably professors, who are familiar with your academic abilities, particularly your ability to do graduate work and have agreed to write recommendation letters for you. There is no special form for the recommendations.
    • You will need to have GRE or GMAT scores sent directly from ETS if you are admitted and choose to enroll. 
    • All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report TOEFL or IELTS  scores on the application as well as have official scores  directly  sent by  Educational Testing Service (ETS ).  See the Graduate School web site for exceptions.
  4. Once the Martin School has an application file for you, you will be able to work with Sarah Lee and/or the College of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Office to register for classes in the MPA program.
  5. Students that begin a dual degree program must remain on track to satisfy all components of both the PharmD and dual degree.  Those who do not stay on track to complete the dual degree, including full completion of requirements of both programs by the conclusion of the spring semester of the PY4 year, will not be allowed to count dual degree prerequisites or program coursework towards the 8 hours of elective credit necessary for PharmD program completion (and graduation).  This would delay your graduation, should you have insufficient elective hours. This requirement also includes successful completion of your capstone project, which is an extensive research experience requiring a project committee, written report and oral defense. Should you later determine that you will no longer participate in the MPA dual degree program (should you be successful in your formal application), you are required to notify the College of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Office immediately.

What steps do I take to apply to the dual PharmD / MPH program?
A student desiring admission into the dual degree program will be required to apply formally and independently to both programs. Admission standards are the same as if the student were applying solely to one program. To be admitted, an applicant is required to meet the independent admission standards of the College of Pharmacy, the College of Public Health, and The Graduate School.

For the MPH Program, an application will be made to College of Public Health and The Graduate School. Students who do not hold an awarded bachelor's degree must have at least 90 hours of undergraduate credits to apply to the Graduate School. In addition to course grades (GPA), the applicant's performance on the GRE or PCAT and letters of recommendation will be considered to establish admission eligibility. The following is the list of steps to complete the application process.

  1. Obtain and complete a UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application Form (internal permission form). Permission to pursue the dual degree is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs based on input from the College of Pharmacy Academic Performance Committee and from faculty advisors for each dual degree program. Once permission is granted (as denoted on the UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application form), the student may continue the rest of the formal application process.
  2. Obtain and complete your College of Public Health application by the April 1 deadline. This is an electronic application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). This application is available at: http://www.mc.uky.edu/publichealth/prospectivestudents.html
  3. You are also required to submit a supplemental application to the Graduate School. You may access the Graduate School application from the following website: http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/ProspectiveStudents/Admission.html.
  4. Students that begin a dual degree program must remain on track to satisfy all components of both the PharmD and dual degree.  Those who do not stay on track to complete the dual degree, including full completion of requirements of both programs by the conclusion of the spring semester of the PY4 year, will not be allowed to count dual degree prerequisites or program coursework towards the 8 hours of elective credit necessary for PharmD program completion (and graduation).  This would delay your graduation, should you have insufficient elective hours.This requirement also includes successful completion of your capstone project, which is an extensive research experience requiring a project committee, written report and oral defense. Should you later determine that you will no longer participate in the MPH dual degree program (should you be successful in your formal application), you are required to notify the College of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Office immediately.

What are the deadlines for application?
Both the internal (College of Pharmacy) and external (respective graduate programs) deadlines for dual degree programs differ. Consult the table below for timelines:


Program

College of Pharmacy Deadline*

Specific Program Deadline

Semester Application Submitted

MBA
http://gatton.uky.edu/Programs/MBA/ReadyToApply.html

Feb 18

July 1

Spring PY1 or Spring PY2

MPA
http://www.martin.uky.edu/application.pdf

Feb 18

May 1

Spring PY1 or Spring PY2

MPH
http://www.mc.uky.edu/publichealth/prospectivestudents.html

Feb 18

Apr 1

Spring PY1 or Spring PY2

MSPAS
http://www.mc.uky.edu/PA/app.html

Apr 15

June 15

Spring PY2

* Students should submit the UK College of Pharmacy Dual Degree Application form for approval by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

How does the PY4 APPE scheduling work for dual degree students?
APPE rotation schedules are determined in the fall of the PY3 year. At the beginning of this process students are given an opportunity to note any special circumstances that may affect their rotation selection. Dual Degree students should note their dual degree status and should select rotations accordingly. Rotations outside Kentucky should only be scheduled during the months of May – August. The process of scheduling rotations plus taking graduate classes can seem daunting, but with adequate planning it is very manageable.

How many extra classes do dual degree students take each semester?
The number of extra classes that dual degree students take each semester can vary from program to program and from semester to semester. On average, students will be enrolled in two classes for their Masters degree program in addition to their required pharmacy curriculum. Keep in mind that most students that are not pursuing a dual degree are taking one class in addition to the required pharmacy curriculum in order to fulfill their elective requirements.

How do block exams work for dual degree students?
Block exam schedules are not any different for dual degree students than they are for other students in the PharmD program. However, the professors in the Masters programs are generally flexible with students who approach them with scheduling conflicts ahead of time. As with many other aspects of the dual degree program, a little planning can go a long way.

How can I take the prerequisites for the MBA program?
The prerequisites for the MBA program are as follows:

  • ECO 201 – Principles of Economics I
  • ECO 202 – Principles of Economics II
  • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 202  - Managerial Use of Accounting Information

Most pharmacy students have ECO 201 prior to pharmacy school. This leaves only one economics course and two accounting courses. While all of these classes are required before a student is formally admitted to the MBA program, they are not required to have been completed before a student may apply to the program. These three classes are all offered in the summer and may be completed during the summer before beginning the MBA program (i.e., the summer between the PY1 and PY2 years). A conditional acceptance, which grants admission to the program following successful completion of all required courses, may be available for students who have applied to the MBA program but have not completed all required courses.

How can I take the prerequisites for the MSPAS program?
The prerequisites can be taken as elective coursework during the pharmacy curriculum or during the summer semester.

Where can I find out more about the GRE?
For more information on the GRE, please see the following link.

Where can I find out more about the GMAT?
For more information about the GMAT, please see the following link.

How do I register for classes in the dual degree program?
Once you have been accepted to a dual degree program, you will obtain curriculum details from the Academic Coordinator for that program. Registration for the dual degree classes may be done through the same online registration process used during registration for PharmD courses.

What are the advantages of doing a dual degree?
Dual degree programs offer pharmacy students an additional skill set and knowledge base beyond what it acquired in a typical pharmacy program. This additional training opens a wide range of opportunities for students upon completion of the dual program. Beyond the typical pharmacist roles in community and hospital pharmacies, pharmacists can pursue countless other careers in pharmaceutical policy, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, public health, primary care and many others. Having a dual degree advances a pharmacist’s options and can enhance their candidacy for non-traditional career paths.

In addition to broadening career options, dual degree paths offer an economic advantage (no added tuition) and a streamlined course of study for completing a Masters degree.

What is the curriculum for the MSPAS dual degree program?
Students complete the first two years of the pharmacy curriculum in its entirety. In anticipation of acceptance by the MSPAS program, students will take PPS813 Geriatric Pharmacy as an elective in fall of the PY3 year. The first MSPAS course (PAS851 Introduction to the PA Profession) is taken during spring, in addition to full-time pharmacy coursework. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences are begun immediately following completion of the PY3 year. Students then devote themselves full-time to MSPAS coursework for two semesters, followed by a fifth year composed of experiential coursework in both the MSPAS and PharmD curriculum.

YEAR THREE

Fall
PPS 950: Pharmaceutical Policy and Public Health (4)
PPS 951: Cardiopulmonary/ Renal Pharmacology (5)
PPS 953: Current Topics Seminar (1)
PPS 957: Pharmacotherapy I / II (5)
PPS 959: Patient Care Lab V  (2)
PPS 813: Geriatric Pharmacy (3)

Spring
PPS 960: Pharmacy Practice Management (5)
PPS 966: Pharmacotherapy III (5)
PPS 967: Pharmacotherapy IV (5)
PPS 969: Patient Care Lab VI (2)
PAS 651: Intro to PA Profession (2)

Summer
PPS 988: Advanced Practice Experience – Community (6)
PPS 988: Advanced Practice Experience – Hospital (6)

YEAR FOUR

Fall
PAS 645: Masters Project I (1)
PAS 646: Masters Project II (2)
PAS 654: Clinical Lecture Series I (4)
PAS 651: Clinical Methods (H&P) (3)
PAS 657: Clinical Lab Procedures (3)

Classified as Graduate Student

Spring
PAS 655: Psychosocial Factors in Medicine (3)
PAS 658: Clinical Lecture Series II (4)
PAS 656: Patient Management and Evaluation (3)
ANA 611: Anatomy (5) 

Classified as Graduate Student

YEAR FIVE

Fall/Spring

Family Medicine (Ambulatory Care)
Internal Medicine (Acute Clinical Care)
Pediatrics
Obstetrics/Gynecology
Surgery
Geriatrics
Emergency Medicine
Psychiatry
PAS 680: Seminar in PA Studies II

Classification:
Pharmacy - Fall Semester
Graduate - Spring Semester

May - PharmD graduation

Summer
Additional required rotation
May take additional elective rotation
PAS 680: Seminar in PA Studies II

Classified as Graduate Student

August - MSPAS graduation


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