Program Requirements

Master of Business Administration

Students can complete the degree requirements within 30 credit hours, plus any preparation courses required. Students typically progress through the foundation, the core, and the concentrations, as explained below. Applicants will be individually reviewed as part of the application process to assess any preparation courses required.


The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title. Requirements will vary based on program concentration.

MBA Foundation Preparation 

Students admitted to the program will need to satisfy preparation in the following content areas through previous coursework, direct practical experience, or self-study coursework (i.e. MOOCs) to be adequately prepared for the program.  Content areas include:

Financial and Managerial Accounting


Organizational Behavior

Micro and Macro Economics

Financial Management

Operations Management

Core Courses :  15-18 credits

Accounting , General Management and Pharmaceutical Industry Concentrations - 15 credits

  • GMGT 643 - Quantitative Methods and Introductory Analytics (3)
  • GMGT 680 - Marketing Concepts and Strategy (3)
  • GMGT 682 - Financial Management II (3)
  • GMGT 685 - Leadership Development (3)
  • GMGT 699 - MBA Assessment (0 credits):
  • GMGT 694 - Capstone Project Experience  (3)

Health Systems Management Concentration - 18 credits

  • Choose ONE:
    • GMGT 641 - Project Management (3)
    • GMGT 643 - Quantitative Methods and Introductory Analytics (3)
  • GMGT 680 - Marketing Concepts and Strategy (3)
  • GMGT 681 - Capstone Business Strategy and Policy (3)
  • GMGT 682 - Financial Management II (3)
  • GMGT 685 - Leadership Development (3)
  • GMGT 699 - MBA Assessment (0 credits)
  • GMGT 694 - Capstone Project  (3)

Concentration Courses - 12-15  credits

Concentration courses (chosen from below) to equal the required number of credits.

Accounting Concentration- 15 credits

  • GMGT 647 - Advanced Topics in Federal Taxation (3)
  • GMGT 648 - Accounting and Business Analytics (3)
  • GMGT 649 - Commercial Law and Professional Responsibilities (3)
  • GMGT 695- Accounting Theory/ Research (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • GMGT 671 - Forensic Accounting (3)
    • GMGT 672 - Valuation (3)
General Management Concentration- 15 credits
  • GMGT 671 - Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management (3)
  • Choose FOUR:
    • GMGT 615 - Corporate Governance (3)
    • GMGT 644 - Better Thinking (3)
    • GMGT 645 - Negotiations and Mediation (3)
    • GMGT 671/672 - GMGT Electives (3)*

*There are special topics (671/672) and other elective courses offered each semester on a rotating basis from which you can select coursework to comprise the required 15 credit hours. New courses are added and others dropped as the business worlds changes. Consult with your advisor as needed for course selection. Any combination of special topics and elective courses will satisfy the 15 credit general management concentration requirement.

Health Systems Management Concentration- 15 credits
  • GNUR 704 - Advanced Technology and Information Systems for Clinical Management (3)
  • GNUR 706 - Healthcare Systems, Policy & Law (3)
  • GNUR 707 - Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)
  • GNUR 710 - Complex Population Health (3)
  • GMGT 6XX - Graduate Management Elective (3) *

* please consult with Academic Advisor for health related topic.

Pharmaceutical Industry Concentration- 15 credits

Students are required to take 15 credit hours from the following list:

  • PHAR 3123 - Clinical Application of Epidemiology I (2)
  • PHAR 3135 - Healthcare Delivery (3)
  • PHAR 3218 - Introduction to Diversity (1)
  • PHAR 3226 - State Pharmacy Law (2)
  • PHAR 4135 - Communications and Counseling Skills (3)
  • PHAR 4223 - Clinical Application of Epidemiology II (2)
  • PHAR 4236 - Population-Based Healthcare (2)
  • PHAR 5125 - Ethics in Pharmacy Practice (2)
  • PHAR 5225 - Federal Pharmacy Law (2)
  • PHAR 5236 - Managing Practice and Personnel (3)

Note: (PHAR 4135 or 3226/5225) and (PHAR 4236 or 5236) are required. Pharmacy classes are offered during the day.

Total: 48 credits

Joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (Pharm.D./MBA)

The School of Business and the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College have a joint degree program. The goal of the cooperative program is to educate students to assume the responsibilities associated with management, executive, and administrative positions within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as health care delivery systems that provide pharmaceutical information, services, and products to patients.

Candidates for this joint program must first meet the entrance and admissions requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students may apply to the MBA program after successful completion of their first professional year in pharmacy by completing a Petition for Change of Program form, available through the Office of the Registrar. Pharmacy students who have at least 90 credit hours of coursework may take MBA foundation classes prior to applying to the joint program, consistent with current graduate school policy. Pharmacy students may complete up to 18 credit hours of foundation courses prior to applying to the joint program, provided satisfactory grades are achieved and the student remains in good standing.

Through this joint Pharm.D/ MBA program, students will meet the degree requirements for both programs with a maximum of 181 credit hours, depending on an applicant’s course history. Any course waivers will reduce this maximum number.

Up to 6 credits of the Foundation or Core MBA courses can be used as elective credits within the required pharmacy curriculum thus reducing the remaining pharmacy-specific coursework to 145 credit hours.Additionally, the coursework that a student takes as part of the required pharmacy curriculum will be counted to satisfy the 15 credit hours of the Pharmacy Industry Concentration coursework for the MBA.

Pharmacy students wishing to participate in this opportunity will work with their academic advisor, the associate dean for academic affairs in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, and the director of the MBA program in the School of Business to choose appropriate coursework. Additionally, questions concerning financial aid/billing should be directed to Student Financial Services.

Students will be billed standard tuition costs as associated with the pharmacy program, which can include up to 6 credit hours of MBA coursework approved to satisfy pharmacy electives. Students who take 6 credit hours of MBA foundation coursework in satisfaction of pharmacy elective coursework will not be billed separately for those 6 credit hours, as the courses are included as part of the pharmacy program tuition. MBA courses will be billed at the current per-credit-hour cost of tuition. Students will be billed for these additional courses at the per-credit-hour graduate tuition rate.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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