Since 2006, this dual degree has been one of the leading programs of its kind.

Further your career in industrial science with the 63-credit Ph.D. in biological sciences/MBA dual degree.

This combined program is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

For full details, including admissions and financial aid information, visit the joint degree page on the UD Department of Biological Sciences website.

Program Requirements

Suggested course sequence.

Ph.D. Courses (31 credits)
BISC 827 – Graduate Research Seminar (1 credit per semester, minimum of 4 semesters required)
First Semester Concentration Requirement (4 or 6 credits; see concentration policy)
Second Semester Concentration Requirement (3 credits; see concentration policy)
BISC 864 – Research Tutorial (two 2-credit tutorials required)
Second Year Concentration Requirement (6 credits; see concentration policy)
BISC 964 – Pre-candidacy Study (four semesters)
BISC 969 – Doctoral Dissertation (9 credits)
MBA Courses (32 credits)
ACCT 600 – Financial Reporting and Analysis
BUAD 620 – Fundamentals of Analytics
BUAD 631 – Operations Management and Management Science
BUAD 640 – Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments
BUAD 670 – Managing People, Teams and Organizations
BUAD 680 – Marketing Management
BUAD 690 – Corporate Strategy
ECON 603 – Economic Analysis for Business Policy
FINC 650 – Financial Management
International elective

Professional Development Seminars (1 credit each):
BUEC 601 – Building Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking
BUEC 603 – Communicating, Branding and Career Networking

International Business elective (3 credits)
Choose one 3-credit elective with an international perspective. Choices include, but are not limited to:
BUAD 678 – Leading Across Boundaries
FINC 615 – International Finance
BUAD 641 – Managing the Global Enterprise
BUAD 682 – International Marketing
Alumna Rani Al-Shami, V.P. Business Development at Clinart MENA United Arab Emirates
“[My job] requires a strong scientific training which I had acquired from my Ph.D. and also an understanding in business which my MBA had provided me with. I am able to utilize many of the concepts I learned during my MBA education and apply them to an industry that is very challenging and very unique in its components, regulations and dynamics such as the biotech and pharma industry.”

Admissions Information

Learn more about MBA admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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