STG, Pharmacy, Doctor of / Management, Master of Business Administration

STG PharmD / MBA: Introduction


The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (LDFP) and the Rotman School of Management offer the Combined Degree Program (CDP): STG, Doctor of Pharmacy / Management, Master of Business Administration. Unique in Canada, this CDP provides graduates with unparalleled opportunities for leadership within the health-care and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. The CDP permits completion of both the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Full-Time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in less time than it would take to acquire them separately.

The CDP is only open to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree (e.g., BA, BSc, BEng) prior to enrolling in the PharmD program and who have successfully completed admission requirements for entry to the Full-Time MBA program.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4.3.


Doctor of Pharmacy / Management, Master of Business Administration

Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Master of Business Administration Program
Rotman School of Management

STG PharmD / MBA: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the PharmD program, the MBA program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants may be considered for admission to the CDP after they have gained independent admission to both the PharmD and MBA programs.

  • Applicants are required to:

    • Be enrolled full-time in the PharmD program

    • Complete all Year 2 PharmD requirements successfully

    • Be in good academic standing

    • Meet the admission requirements of the two-year MBA program. There are five admission rounds, each with their own deadlines. Applicants to the CDP must apply in round 1 or 2 in order to be considered for admission.

STG PharmD / MBA: Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the PharmD program, the School of Graduate Studies, and the MBA program.

  • Complete all required PharmD coursework and clinical rotations successfully prior to starting the MBA program.

  • Apply the first session of coursework in the MBA program as fulfilling the elective requirement for the PharmD program.

Academic Path to Completion

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.

Year Progression Specific Requirements*
1 and 2
  • PharmD program requirements.

  • Apply to the MBA program in Year 2.
  • Complete Year 1 and Year 2 PharmD courses and gain acceptance to the MBA program.

  • At the end of Year 2 in May, complete Early Practice Experience II (EPE II).

  • Complete clinical rotation requirements including the Transitional Pharmacy Practice Experience I (TPPE I), a five-week CDP experiential education rotation that will generally run from late July to late August. This TPPE rotation satisfies PharmD clinical rotation requirements for the PharmD degree.
  • PharmD program requirements.
  • Complete all required and elective PharmD courses for the Fall session. Students may choose to take PHM389 Research Project.

  • In early January, complete an Experiential APPE Transition course before starting Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations.

  • From January to August, complete six APPE rotations organized by the Office of Experiential Education.
4 and 5
  • Final PharmD program requirements.

  • MBA program requirements.
  • MBA courses taken in the Fall session of Year 4 will count as electives toward the PharmD program requirements.

  • Complete remaining MBA program requirements in the Winter session of Year 4 and Fall and Winter sessions of Year 5.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis — an identified set and sequence of courses in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Full-Time MBA degree. Please see details in the Management MBA Emphases section.

  • Specific restrictions apply for students who wish to take MBA experiential learning courses. Please refer to the MBA program requirements for more information.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

6 years