The dual MBA/MS in Biochemistry degree is offered by the School of Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for those who wish to attain the following goals:
- Learn breakthrough business concepts from the people who invented them
- Participate in the fields of medical research and management as well as give students an opportunity to develop expertise in areas of substantive interest
- Realize cross-disciplinary collaboration that prepares practitioners to adapt to the changing healthcare environment and create positive, sustainable change for their organizations
- Increase job opportunities that are at the intersection of translational science and business
MBA/MS in Biochemistry candidates must complete separate applications and be admitted separately to each program. Any currently admitted MBA student who is interested in the dual degree can apply to the program any time prior to their second year. Once students have been admitted, they will consult with the Department of Biochemistry Department Liaison and Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the Weatherhead School of Management to determine their appropriate course of study.
Get Two Degrees in Three Years!
Students obtain both degrees in 3 years! Normally, if one were to acquire the MBA and MS Biochemistry degrees independently, it would require the completion of 60 hours for the MBA program and 36 hours for the MS program (a total of 96 credit hours). But students enrolled in the MBA/Master of Science in Biochemistry (MS) program get their Dual-Degree in just 75 credit hours.
So how does 60 plus 36 equal 75? As part of the dual degree, the MS in Biochemistry requires 27 credit hours of coursework for the completion of the MS degree. For the MBA part of the dual degree, the Weatherhead School of Management requires 48 credit hours of coursework.
There are a variety of ways in which students complete the requirements for the MBA and MS in Biochemistry degrees. In using the example shown below, the first year of the dual degree requires the students to complete 27 credit hours of the mandatory core areas of accounting, finance, marketing and supply chain management, strategy, statistics and decision modeling and economics plus one elective (3 credit hours) for 30 total credit hours of coursework towards the MBA part of the dual degree.
During the second year, students take 6 credit hours of the year-long practicum mastering design practices and sustainable value, plus 6 credit hours of MBA electives. The Biochemistry portion also begins during this semester where 8 credit hours of core courses (BIOC 407 and 408) are required plus 6 credit hours of BIOC electives. Thus, 26 total credit hours (12 MBA plus 14 Biochemistry) are completed during the second year.
During the third year, students take 6 additional credit hours of MBA electives for an MBA grand total of 48 credit hours. (This is 12 fewer hours of the MBA electives than students normally take as those 12 hours will be fulfilled by completing Biochemistry courses and electives that also count towards the MBA.) Also during this third year, students take 12 credit hours of Biochemistry classes (includes BIOC 412 which is highly recommended as it provides a solid base for how enzymes work, and BIOC 434 which focuses on structural biology and may be of particular use for students who see rational drug design as a part of their future). Completing their requirements, students take their 1 credit hour capstone writing requirement (EXAM 600) for a Biochemistry grand total of 27 credit hours.
As a result of participating in the dual degree program, students take 9 fewer credit hours of biochemistry coursework as they are fulfilled by completing MBA courses which are transferred towards completion of the MS degree. When combined with the 12 fewer hours of MBA electives, the MBA/Master of Science in Biochemistry (MS) Dual-Degree Program enables a student to save 21 credit hours in total, and therefore complete two degrees in much less time than would be required if obtained separately.