Ph.D./M.B.A. Program


The rapid growth of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and health care industries has created a demand for biomedical scientists with knowledge of business principles and practices. The combined Ph.D. in Biomedical Science/M.B.A. program is designed to provide selected Ph.D. students with a thorough grounding in contemporary business by blending and balancing technical rigor, management theory, practical application and individualized concentrations.

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program is offered at UConn Health in Farmington. Combined degree students may take their graduate business courses at the M.B.A. programs offered in Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, or Storrs.

The requirement for a period of concentrated education in each program is a principle to which both the Biomedical Science program and the School of Business are committed. Combined degree students must fully immerse themselves for at least 30 credits of continuous coursework in each program during which time they are not taking didactic courses in the other school. Beyond this requirement, recognizing the strenuous demands that a dual program places on a student, flexibility and adaptability are fundamental features of this combined degree.

Given the specialized nature of this combined degree program it is anticipated that only two to three students per year will be enrolled.

Application and Admission Process

Combined Ph.D. in Biomedical Science/M.B.A. students must be admitted to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program AND to the M.B.A. program. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other school. Admission to both programs need not be simultaneous: a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science student may want to apply to the M.B.A. program after having started in the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program or an M.B.A. student may choose to apply to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program after enrolling in the M.B.A. program.

Students who apply to the Ph.D. and M.B.A. programs at the same time will have to submit only one application fee, but will have to submit applications to both programs to ensure appropriate documentation. Students initially enrolled in one program and applying to the second program will have to submit an application fee with their application to the second program.

The GRE is required by the Biomedical Science program; the GMAT is preferred but not required for the MBA program.

  • For information on applying to the Ph.D. portion of the program, please visit our How to Apply page.
  • For information on applying for the M.B.A. portion of the program, please visit the UConn School of Business website. Please note that when applying, applicants should indicate their interest in the combined program on BOTH applications.

Student Advising

Recognizing the complexity and difficulty of a dual program, special Ph.D. in Biomedical Science/M.B.A. student advisors will be identified at the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program and at the School of Business. These advisors will provide guidance to prospective and existing combined degree students in developing their individual plans of study as well as other forms of academic counseling and advice relating to the combined degree program.

Plan of Study

Students entering the combined degree program will focus on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science for the first two years. After successful completion of the Ph.D. General Examination and all required Biomedical Science course work, the student will commence their year of 30 credits of M.B.A. courses. This could occur in either late January or May of the second year, depending on when the General Exam and required coursework are completed. During this period of fulltime M.B.A. courses, the student will continue their thesis research. Because this period of intense M.B.A. study may adversely affect research progress, support may be reduced to a 0.5 FTE UConn Health Graduate Research Assistantship at the discretion of the major advisor. (Note: combined Ph.D. in Biomedical Science/M.B.A. students require the permission of the Ph.D. major advisor and such permission will be obtained at the time the student selects their thesis laboratory.)

Following completion of the 30 credits of initial M.B.A. courses, the student will resume more intensive research in the Ph.D. program and take one or two M.B.A. courses each semester until completion of all M.B.A. requirements. Beyond the core requirements of the M.B.A. program, combined degree students may choose to take any graduate business electives that interest them. The School of Business will accept any electives successfully completed (with a “B” or better) by combined degree students in the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program.

Acceleration of the course of study is achieved through an exchange of credits between the two programs. The M.B.A. program will accept 12 credits from the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program as M.B.A. program electives (combined degree students will be required to complete 45 out of the 57 credit M.B.A. program). The Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program will accept a varying number of credits from the M.B.A. program as electives; the number of credits will be determined by each student’s advisory committee and the Director of the Area of Concentration, but will in no case exceed 12 credits. Combined degree students must have received the equivalent of a “B” (3.0 grade point average) or better in each course that they wish to transfer between the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program and the M.B.A. program.

This exchange of credits is only available to dual degree students. The M.B.A. program will not accept credits from graduates of the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program nor will the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program accept credits from the School of Business for graduates of the M.B.A. program.

The University of Connecticut’s Graduate School requires that the dual Ph.D. in Biomedical Science/M.B.A. program be completed within eight years. Combined degree students must complete both programs before being awarded a degree from either program if they are to benefit from the exchange of credits between the Graduate School and the School of Business.

For more information on the part-time M.B.A. program, please contact:
Jamie Kirschner
Admissions and Program Coordinator
University of Connecticut, School of Business
100 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103
Office: 860-728-2406

For more information on the Biomedical Science Ph.D. program, please contact:
Stephanie Rauch
Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program Coordinator
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
Office: 860-679-4509