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Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Master of Business Administration

Enrollment in the DPM/MBA dual degree program will not add to the length of your study if you possess the necessary business prerequisites. The addition of no more than one business course per semester to the regular DPM curriculum provides the necessary didactic experience for the MBA degree. This is a distinct advantage over similar programs in allopathic or osteopathic schools, which usually require an additional year of study.

Academically qualified students entering the School of Podiatric Medicine may have the option of obtaining a dual Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Barry University’s D. Inez Andreas School of Business. If accepted into the dual degree program, in addition to the podiatric medical curriculum, eligible students must complete 24 semester hours of required graduate business core courses (6 semester credit hours in the podiatric medicine curriculum will serve as additional electives to complete the general M.B.A. program requirements).

Immediately upon acceptance to the School of Podiatric Medicine, students must indicate their interest in obtaining the dual degree. MBA candidates may have to take up to eight business workshops, depending on previous academic preparation. The workshops are offered periodically throughout the year.

Applicants to the dual D.P.M./M.B.A. program:

  • must have completed their baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution. (An unofficial transcript will be accepted for admission, but applicants must present an official transcript indicating awarding of the undergraduate degree prior to the end of the initial semester.)
  • must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. (If a student has attended multiple undergraduate institutions, the minimum 3.25 GPA applies to the last 30 semester hours or credits completed by the student.)
  • must have earned a score of 400 or higher in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a comparable score on the MCAT or GRE, as evaluated by the Director of Graduate Business Programs.

The Deans of the Schools of Business and School of Podiatric Medicine will determine student eligibility to enroll for the additional degree. Podiatric medical students who fail to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in either podiatric medicine or business courses and students who earn a “D” or “F” grade in any course will be dropped from the program. Under no circumstances will students on probation or in programs in excess of four years be allowed to continue with the M.B.A. degree option. The Deans’ decision to remove a student from the dual degree program may not be contested by the student.

The M.B.A. program is not a cohort program and considerable flexibility exists in the scheduling of business courses to fit into the cohort D.P.M. degree program.

The following is a representative sample of the MBA curriculum required, in addition to the podiatric medical curriculum, to complete the dual degree option:

First Year

  • Business Workshops (if required)
  • Fall
  • MBA 682 Competitive Environment & Strategy Formulation
  • Spring
  • MBA 617 Technology & Information Systems

Second Year

  • Business Workshops (if required)
  • Summer
  • MBA 660 Managerial Accounting
  • Fall
  • MBA 621 Managerial Finance
  • Spring
  • MBA 681 Economics for Strategic Decisions

Third Year

  • Summer
  • (No MBA Course)
  • Fall
  • MBA 646 Marketing in a Dynamic Environment
  • Spring
  • MBA 603 International Business

Fourth Year

  • Summer
  • (No MBA Course)
  • Fall
  • (No MBA Course)
  • Spring
  • MBA 683 Leadership & Strategy Implementation

In the podiatric medical curriculum, SPM 536 - Research Methodology, Epidemiology & Statistics (3) and SPM 825 - Practice Management (3) will serve as electives to complete the general M.B.A. program requirements.

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