Dual Degrees and Certificates

Dual Degrees

At the UK College of Pharmacy, you can earn two degrees in approximately the same amount of time it takes to earn a PharmD alone. Earn a PharmD degree plus a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), Public Health (MPH), or Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS).

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The PharmD + MBA dual degree program prepares students for managerial responsibilities in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of the PharmD + MBA program pursue careers in institutional practice settings, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit management organizations, and academics.

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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The PharmD + MPA dual degree program at the University of Kentucky is designed to prepare students for careers in drug policy development and analysis.

  • Drug policy development
  • Research and analysis

Graduates of the PharmD + MPA program are prepared to serve in drug and health policy development, implementation, and analysis roles with large pharmaceutical companies, government and regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and universities.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

The PharmD + MPH dual degree program is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders, practitioners, researchers and educators in pharmacy and in public health. 

Graduates of the PharmD + MPH program are more competitive for positions in numerous agencies and organizations, including: 

  • Official government agencies (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC])
  • Regulatory agencies (e.g. U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] and state/local health departments)
  • Not-for-profit organizations (e.g. those which focus on heart disease, cancer and child health issues)
  • The private sector (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, and academic institutions) 

Students can specialize in any of these core public health areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management Policy
  • Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health
  • Health Behavior

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Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS)

The PharmD + MSPS dual degree program is designed for students that have an interest in the complete drug development pipeline, from discovery to delivery. 

  • Drug discovery
  • Drug development
  • Clinical and experimental therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical outcomes and policy

Graduates of the PharmD + MSPS program may choose to pursue research and drug development opportunities with large pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, academic institutions, or governmental agencies. 



While the dual degree programs are administered separately by the partner college or program, pharmacy students undergo an internal degree screening process prior to applying to a dual degree program.  The process is completed at the conclusion of the Spring PY1 semester, with the exception of the MSPS program, which has a separate program design and timeline.

Pre-pharmacy students are eligible to complete a dual degree program’s prerequisites prior to entering pharmacy school. PharmD students without a bachelor’s degree are eligible to participate in these programs, as their prerequisite and pharmacy course credit hours meet the graduate school requirements.



Accentuate your resume with a certificate in a focused area of study. Receive a certificate in focus areas such as Global Health, Gerontology, Maternal & Child Health, and Public Health Management.  Graduate certificates are managed independent of the College of Pharmacy, and students must meet all program requirements for admission.  Check the directory for programs available at the University of Kentucky.