2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
The MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business at University of the Sciences is intensive, demanding, and designed for those who aspire to the highest leadership positions in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
Central to the MBA at University of the Sciences is the focus on the related industries that comprise this sector, including medical devices, diagnostics, vaccines, clinical care, and others. We employ creative cutting-edge learning technologies, close collaboration with students and faculty, and a singular emphasis on helping each student achieve his/her professional goals for the hyper-competitive pharmaceutical and healthcare business environment.
University of the Sciences’ MBA is taught in the context of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Students build clear knowledge and skill sets for anticipating and addressing the emerging challenges of a global pharmaceutical marketplace by working closely with a mix of our full-time and adjunct faculty, all of whom have extensive senior-level experience working in industry and government. Over the course of the program, each student will be actively engaged in learning:
- Real-world leadership and management strategies
- Emerging global healthcare-related business models and challenges
- Multinational and national healthcare systems and services
- How to lead change processes in complex organizational settings
- How to lead teams in increasingly collaborative work environments
- Financial, regulatory, and reimbursement issues
- Effective communication and problem solving in a global, virtual environment
Students may choose to pursue an MBA in one of two formats or a combination of the two: (1) evening track, (2) online, or (3) apply to one format and take some courses in the other format when it is helpful to do so. This flexibility allows students to accommodate their program to the demands of adult life and their comfort with taking demanding courses in a fast-paced online environment.
All students have the opportunity to interact with highly motivated students and to make connections and enlarge their network of contacts throughout the industry. Students may take from 24 months to 5 years to complete the 40-credit program.
The evening MBA program is designed for students who are new to the pharmaceutical or healthcare fields. Students attend classes in the evening on USciences’ West Philadelphia campus, online, or with a combination of both; classes are generally scheduled between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The online format is a strong fit for students who have some experience in the pharmaceutical or healthcare field and who want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance their careers. The program offers a total of 21 courses—18 of which are delivered via the internet. The remaining three courses are conducted either on University of the Sciences’ campus or at a convenient executive conference center.
To enter the MBA degree program students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Entering MBA students arrive with varying levels of previous business education and experience. In order to assure that classes are conducted at a consistent and productive graduate level, faculty will review entrants’ transcripts to evaluate their preparedness. Based on these transcripts and professional experience, entrants may be asked to take one or more foundation courses. These may be completed at a college/university or through cost efficient, flexible online tutorials provided by USciences. Typical foundation requirements might include accounting and Excel proficiency.
Through the Integrated Graduate Credit Program (IGCP) students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or first professional programs at USciences may take MBA courses for credit above their primary degree program. If accepted into IGCP they may accumulate up to 15 credits without incurring any additional tuition. This program has limited space and acceptance is competitive. Credits accrued in the MBA program may not be applied to another degree. If all 15 credits are completed during their first degree program, students can look forward to completing their MBA in as little as 14 months after graduation. The MBA can be completed either on campus or online.