Students may choose to pursue a joint degree program to earn a Masters of Business Administration and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students typically apply to Goizueta’s One-Year MBA Program during their second year of school. The joint degree enables students to receive the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration degrees in four years rather than the usual five.
Most students complete Business School requirements in their third year and then return to the School of Medicine to finish remaining DPT requirements. In the One-Year MBA Program, students must complete the required 3 full-time semesters at the Business School consecutively, so all Business School graduation requirements are completed by the end of the third full-time semester.
This sequence allows students, if admitted, to enroll in the MBA Program after holding a summer internship in the healthcare field. The arrangement also allows students to return to the School of Medicine to apply the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA experience to their final year of clinical affiliations and DPT course work.
In addition to Statistics, DPT candidates are expected to have taken (or must complete before they enroll) the following business courses:
- Financial Accounting
With the exception of full-time work experience, physical therapy students are evaluated for admission in the same manner as all other MBA applicants. We consider the standardized test scores, GPA, essays, recommendations, internships and the interview when evaluating candidates.
Students must apply separately to the business school and Division of Physical Therapy.
Applicants to Goizueta Business School are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Candidates should prepare vigorously for the quantitative portion of the test as candidates are expected to exceed the 50th percentile on the quantitative section of the exam. Most of our students score at the 75-80th percentile. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions regarding test scores if you have additional questions.
Most students interested in a DPT/MBA degree do not possess the average five years of work experience of our typical MBA candidate. Many students proceed to the DPT program directly from their undergraduate program. However, this does not mean that work experience should not be addressed in your application. The Admissions Committee is most interested in hearing how your life and work experiences will add to MBA class discussions and why the MBA is relevant to your career. An internship, part-time job, or family business experience can provide relevant work experience to strengthen your file. MBA classes are highly participatory and lively class discussions are a key part of the learning process. Our recommendation is that you prepare your application in a way that highlights the skills you have gained from your work and organizational experiences.
Business decisions will have a broad impact on the delivery of healthcare in the 21st century and physical therapists equipped with the proper management and financial skills will be in a better position to effectively function in this environment. Whether managing an individual or group physical therapy practice, leading a corporate or non-profit hospital department, or contributing to the development of healthcare policy, the understanding of fundamental financial, management, and organizational practices is essential. The combined DPT/MBA degree focuses on giving future physical therapists this necessary skill-set for successfully integrating medicine and business.
Goizueta Healthcare Management Association (GHMA)
The Goizueta Healthcare Management Association focuses on healthcare issues and careers. Recent events have included: Biotech Venture Capital Panel, Healthcare Career Panel, and a networking event with Rollins School of Public Health.
Every applicant who submits a completed application by the Round 3 deadline and is admitted to Goizueta is automatically reviewed for merit-based, school-funded scholarships. Merit-based awards typically range from 20% to full tuition. No separate application is required. If a student receives a scholarship, it applies to the semesters they are enrolled in the Business School.