STLCOP Offers Path Toward Advanced Business Degrees

Published on 01 December 2014

To better prepare our future pharmacy innovators for diverse roles in the profession, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has partnered with University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to create a collaborative program that will allow student pharmacists the ability to work toward a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or an MBA degree at UMSL while still enrolled at the College.

“This agreement with UMSL is an incredible opportunity for our students to take the next step in advancing their careers,” says College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “The UMSL College of Business Administration is a recognized leader in outstanding business education. By working together, we can give students an opportunity to expand their skills in business and management.”

Once students graduate from the College, they will be able to continue classes at UMSL on their own schedule in order to complete the graduate certificate or MBA. Some courses taken at the College will be transferrable into UMSL. Likewise, select courses taken at UMSL can be used to fulfill graduation requirements at the College.

Drew Steppleman, a P3 student at the College, is taking advantage of this opportunity and working toward a graduate certificate from UMSL. “I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds,” Steppleman says. “My dream is to open my own independent pharmacy. Whether I enter into community or clinical pharmacy, developing my management skills will help me work with my peers and patients. I am able to learn some business skills on the job, but having a strong business background is going to help me be more successful.”

As the first enrollee in the collaborative business program, Steppleman received the William and Carol Mattson Endowed Scholarship for Master of Business Administration. This scholarship fund will provide ongoing support in the form of an annual scholarship for one student in the business program each year.

The collaborative program is an innovative opportunity for students to grow professionally. “As part of the College’s mission to prepare our students to positively impact patients and society, we recognize the importance and value a graduate certificate or MBA from UMSL provides,” Pieper says. “St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been graduating pharmacists who have quickly distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession for almost 150 years. This tradition continues with our collaboration with UMSL.”

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