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Executive Online Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives

Stephen Porth, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Executive Director Graduate Business Programs

George P. Sillup, Ph.D., Chair, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing

Terese W. Waldron, Director

Jonathan B. Dart, MBA, Program Administrator/Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing Communications

Christine Anderson, Senior Manager, Executive Relations & Industry Outreach

Mission Statement

The mission of Saint Joseph’s Online Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives is to provide industry programs for all segments of the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, diagnostics,allied partners and healthcare industries, delivering these programs to the life-long student in a flexible and convenient format via three/four residencies, 18 online courses, and web-based technologies.


The objectives of the Online Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives are:

  • to provide managers and executives employed in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, diagnostics, allied partners and healthcare industries with advanced education and developmental experiences.
  • to provide highly qualified faculty of Saint Joseph’s University, complemented by domestic and international business and marketing experts retained as executive lecturers
  • to provide modular format for the delivery of business concepts and skills specific to this industry
  • to provide a web-based experience that offers a more globally-focused business model that eliminates geographic barriers and time zones

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Students are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Students applying for admission to the On-line Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Admissions criteria:

  • four (4) years of industry experience
  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts of all course work from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. International students need an official course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) of undergraduate and graduate education
  • a letter of recommendation from their current employer
  • a resume
  • either GMAT or GRE scores. In lieu of GMAT or GRE, complete a structured personal interview

Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Arrangements should be made by writing directly to TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 08541-6151. Students already in the Philadelphia area who do not have a TOEFL score may be admitted following satisfactory performance on the English test administered at the ELS Center on the Saint Joseph’s University campus. A minimum score of 550, internet based TOEFL 79, or 213 on computerized test on the TOEFL is required to take any course in the Program. An IELTS score of 6.5 or an official PTE score of 60 is also acceptable. Qualified students who complete Level 112 at the ELS Language Center and receive a strong, positive letter of recommendation from the Center can begin their graduate studies without the official TOEFL score. Applicants are also required to register with the Word Education Services (WES) to have an official course-by-course evaluation of their undergraduate work. Additional information on WES transcript evaluation can be obtained by visiting them at

Tuition and Fees: Online Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives

All students enrolled in the courses are charged on a per course basis. All charges are due and payable upon receipt of the invoice. Invoices will be sent electronically upon registration.. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain their account in a current status. Corporations will be billed directly only when appropriate authorization has been made by the corporation. Please check with Hawk Central on procedures for corporate billing.

Students who are financially delinquent will forfeit the privilege of attending classes and the University has the right to withhold grades, transcripts, and diploma until such indebtedness is paid.

Fees are paid by check or money order, or they may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. For the current academic year the tuition per 2 credits is $3,125.

Matriculated Students

Students who have met all entrance requirements and are working in the MBA program are classified as matriculated students.

Academic Dismissal

Students enrolled in this program who receive a grade of C or below for two (2) credit hours will receive a warning letter. Students who receive a grade of C or below for six (6) credit hours will be placed on academic probation and will be so advised by letter. Students who receive a grade of C or below for ten (10) credit hours will be dropped from the program. The Program Director monitors student progress throughout the course of the program.

The university reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student when, in its judgment, the general good of the university requires it.

Admissions Committee

The decision for accepting applicants into the program will be made by the Director with the advice of the Admissions Committee after they have reviewed completed applications. Members of the Admissions Committee are:

Terese Waldron, M.S., Chair of the Admissions Committee

George P. Sillup, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing

Thani Jambulingam, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing

Joseph Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting

Ginette McManus Ph.D., Professor of Finance

Vipul K. Gupta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Decision and System Sciences

John Yi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Decision and System Sciences

Anthony DelConte, M.D., Visiting Professor or Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing

Ronald K. Klimberg, Ph.D., Professor of Decision and System Sciences

Bill Trombetta, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Healthcare Marketing

David Steingard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management

Morris Danielson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance

Carolin Schellhorn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance

Location and Time of Required Residency Courses

During Residencies, the two-day course format accommodates the personal and professional demands of individual online students. Courses are completed during one Friday/Saturday session with pre- and post-assignments. Students may attend as often as their schedule permits, completing the degree requirements within six years.

In-person courses are offered at ACE Center, Lafayette Hill, PA (15 minutes from Main Campus). The capstone course, MPE 795 is a three-day course offered on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit the web site at for more information about the ACE Conference Center.


The Online Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives requires the completion of 24 courses. All courses are 2.0 credits each for a total of 48 credits. The core business courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have that common body of knowledge necessary for advanced study in business.

The following courses are required:

MGT 520

Empowering Individuals and Groups for the Practicing Executive

ACC 510

Accounting Foundation

FIN 501

Economics Foundation

FIN 504

Finance Foundation (It is strongly recommended to take FIN 501 first)

MPE 530

Marketing Foundation

FIN 551

Managerial Finance (pre-requisite FIN 501, FIN 504)

ACC 560

Managerial Accounting (pre-requisite ACC 510)

MGT 581

Leadership & Development (pre-requisite MGT 520) (Required Residency)

DSS 591

Contemporary Information Technology

MGT 582

Business Ethics (Required Residency)

MPE 710

Product Management

MPE 670


MPE 620

Supply Chain Management

MPE 640


MPE 700

Strategies for Managed Care (pre-requisite MPE 620)

MPE 610

Drug/Device Regulations

MPE 660

Sales Management (pre-requisite MGT 520)

MPE 650

Competitive Analysis

DSS 592

Business Statistics

MPE 630

Marketing Research (pre-requisite DSS 592)

DSS 593

Sales Forecasting (pre-requisite DSS 592)

MPE 720

Global Corporate Strategy

MPE 795

Capstone Must have completed 36 credits including all quantitative and foundation classes, as well as MPE 650 and MPE 710 (Required Residency)

Choose One (1) Elective:

MPE 711

Strategies for Market Access

MPE 625

Creating Effective R & D

MPE 780

Future Issues

MPE 781

Health Policy

MPE 770

Independent Study


Ms. Christine Anderson

Senior Manager, Executive Relations & Industry Outreach

Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives

392 Mandeville Hall

Saint Joseph’s University

5600 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

(610) 660-3157

(800) SJU-EMBA