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DPT/MBA Dual Degree

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    In the Fall of 2016, The Department of Physical Therapy and the School of Business formed a partnership to offer a DPT/ MBA dual degree program.  One of only a few programs in the country to offer this option, this program builds on the success of both programs providing students a unique skill set as they begin their career. 

    Given the evolution of the health care arena especially with the changing environment and delivery of healthcare, physical therapists equipped with the proper financial and management skills will be in a prime position to effectively function in this environment.  Graduates of this program will be well positioned to manage a private physical therapy practice, leading a corporate non-profit hospital, skilled nursing or home health department, or contribute to the development or advancement of healthcare policy.  The DPT/ MBA program will concentration on providing graduates the necessary skill set to integrate effective business policies into health care.  

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    Applicants who are interested in the DPT/ MBA dual degree program must apply to and be admitted by both of the programs. Students can apply in their first year of the DPT program to Shield School of Business.  The students, the student’s advisor and the Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs will work together to assist with the admission’s process for the dual degree program.  


    Students in this program will complete their first two years in the DPT program. The third year will have the student complete the remainder of the DPT coursework while initiating coursework in the MBA program.  At the completion of the third year, the student will graduate from the DPT program.   During the final year, students will complete the coursework to obtain the MBA.  Please refer to the curriculum for specific sequence and courses taken throughout the program. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are there any prerequisite courses I should take that would help with the MBA component of the program?

    Prior to matriculation, students must have complete the prerequisites needed for matriculation into the MBA program.  

    When does the MBA component occur and how long is the DPT-MBA program?

    The MBA component occurs in the third year and fourth year of the combined program.  The student will complete the DPT in the first three years and the MBA during the fourth year. 

    When can I begin the application process for the dual DPT-MBA program?

    You have to submit separate applications to the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Shields School of Business and be accepted by each program. You may apply to Shields School of Business during your first or second year of the DPT program.