In 1989, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Saint Joseph’s University introduced the nation’s first MBA and DO joint degree program. This partnership responded to the increasing need for business acumen in medical practice and prepares the physicians for a wide range of emerging careers in medical administration.
The curricula is coordinated to allow future physicians to graduate with both degrees in five years.
A major feature of the DO/MBA Program is the ability of students to pursue uninterrupted medical education at PCOM while also completing the M.B.A. course requirements at Saint Joseph’s University. The flexible decelerated PCOM medical curriculum allows students to complete their second year clinical didactic courses over a two-year period.
Upon completion of the standard first year at PCOM and acceptance into the joint degree program, students begin business studies during the Saint Joseph’s University Summer session. The following Fall and Spring semesters, the medical course-load is reduced to half-time while two business courses are completed each semester in the M.B.A. Program. This schedule is repeated the next summer and subsequent Fall and Spring semesters, during which the PCOM sophomore year and all remaining M.B.A. requirements are completed.
Upon completion of the two-year combined curriculum, the M.B.A. degree is awarded by Saint Joseph’s University. After completion of full-time medical education in junior and senior clinical rotations, the D.O. degree is awarded at PCOM’s annual commencement ceremonies with special recognition of the dual degree.
The MBA curriculum is designed to provide a solid background in a broad range of business skills to augment medical competencies. The program requires completion of 15 MBA courses of three credits each. A benefit of the joint degree program is a waiver of three Foundations courses and the transfer of one Core course. Depending on your undergraduate record, some of the foundation courses may be waived. The courses are:
All MBA courses are held either at the Saint Joseph’s main campus, which is near the PCOM campus, or online.
The total cost of tuition and fees for the MBA Program and half-time PCOM course work
is equal to the cost of an additional year of PCOM tuition. All costs are payable
to PCOM on the regular schedule, and the college pays your MBA tuition and fees directly
to St. Joseph’s University.
Students in the joint degree program continue to be classified as full-time PCOM students and receive all standard college services, including health Insurance.
First-year PCOM students in good standing are eligible for joint degree program admission, and MCAT scores are accepted in lieu of the GMAT. You must have an Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above and MCAT scores in the 50th percentile or above. Admission may be conditional on the successful completion of second semester medical studies.
Applications are submitted online through Saint Joseph's University and must include:
Applicants must also request PCOM send first-year PCOM grade reports and MCAT Scores to Christine Hartmann, MBA Director, Saint Joseph’s University.
Applications to the DO/MBA Program should be submitted by March 1 of your first year at PCOM. Comprised of PCOM and Saint Joseph’s University faculty, the joint admissions committee reviews all materials and makes final admission decisions.
For more information, contact Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, Vice President for Graduate Programs and Planning at PCOM at 215-871-6770.
Ms. Christine Hartmann, Director of the MBA Program at St. Joseph’s University, is available to answer questions about the business curriculum and may be reached at 610-660-1659.