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    Jun 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Augusta University Catalog 
2019-2020 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration to Doctor of Philosophy

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Program Overview

This is a dual degree program permitting biomedical science PhD students to enroll in and obtain their PhD and MBA degrees concurrently.  The PhD-MBA program is designed to provide biomedical science PhD students with advanced business education and prepare them to assume responsible management and professional positions in private and public organizations.   Business administration and its areas of specialization are of particular benefit to biomedical research students with an interest in pursuing a position in industry, pharmaceutical companies, administration and as a principal investigator of their own laboratory.  Students will enter the workforce with enhanced competencies, improved professional networks and increased employment opportunities.

Program Coordinators
Patricia L. Cameron, PhD Mark Thompson, PhD
706-721-3278 706-737-1418
Progression & Graduation Requirements
  • Currently enrolled (Augusta University) biomedical science PhD students must apply to and be accepted into the MBA program.  Students enrolled in the Biomedical Science PhD program are eligible for the PhD/MBA dual degree program enrollment once they have entered candidacy for the PhD program but no later than the 10th semester of enrollment in the PhD program (Fall of 4th year in PhD program). Students are required to complete all degree requirements of both programs.  As part of the dual degree program, students are able to enroll concurrently in PhD and MBA coursework.  As part of the application process, a plan of study is created and every effort is made for the MBA coursework to be completed within 2 years (6 semesters) after the student has entered candidacy.  Continuance in the MBA program is contingent upon making satisfactory and timely progress towards both the MBA and PhD degree.  
  • The PhD program is not a lockstep program but requires a minimum of three years and maximum of seven years of study.  On average, students complete the PhD program in five years.   For most students, the MBA program requirements will be spread over a minimum of 2 years (6 semesters). Since students start their MBA program after they have entered PhD candidacy (typically end of year 3), it is anticipated the combined PhD-MBA program will take a minimum of 5 years from start of PhD program.   The maximum time for completion of the dual degree program is seven years.  
  • Students must apply to graduate for both degrees at the same time, if the MBA degree is completed before or at the same time as the PhD degree.  In this case, students will receive a PhD and an MBA degree simultaneously.  Students may apply to graduate from the PhD degree first, if the PhD degree is completed before the MBA degree and the MBA degree would not be granted at the same time as the PhD degree. 
MBA Program Information

Master of Business Administration  

Doctor of Philosophy Program Information

Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with a major in one of the following:

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Genomic Medicine  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Molecular Medicine  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Neuroscience  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Pharmacology  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Physiology  

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Vascular Biology  

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