Jacob Thorp

Director of Physical Therapy Program, Professor of Physical Therapy
Health Science Building

Maxwell Rollins

Maxwell Rollins

Director of Graduate Programs and the Hans A. Nielsen College of Business

Christina Bruno

Executive Director of Graduate and CSU Online Enrollment
Hunter Center

About the DPT-MBA degree

The DPT-MBA is a dual degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management (MBA). Business decisions have a huge impact on the delivery of healthcare. A dual degree will equip physical therapists with the necessary management and financial skills to be an effective administrator. The understanding of fundamental management, organizational practices, and finances is crucial in managing an individual or group physical therapy practice, leading a corporate or non-profit hospital department, or participating in the development of healthcare policies. This combined DPT-MBA degree gives future physical therapists a skill set for effectively integrating medicine and business.

The Department of Physical Therapy and the College of Business unite to aid students in receiving their DPT and MBA degrees in 3 years rather than the usual 5 by allowing students to participate in the dual degree program. 


You will save approximately $7,000 in tuition pursuing this dual degree compared to completing the degrees independently

MBA Curriculum: Healthcare Management (30 Hours)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
BUSI 623Business Ethics from a Christian Worldview3
BUSI 625Advanced Managerial Accounting3
BUSI 635Financial Management Practices3
BUSI 648Strategic Marketing3
BUSI 649Advanced Economics and Business Analytics3
DPTE 680Administration for Physical Therapists3
HCMT 621Navigating the Healthcare System3
HCMT 623Improving Healthcare Quality and Equity3
HCMT 625Healthcare Project Management3
BUSI 650Strategic Planning and Analysis (last semester)3

What are the benefits of a dual degree?

  • Less time than doing two degrees independently
  • Less money (saves almost $7,000) Students enrolled in the DPT program receive dual credit for one course and are exempt from one of the MBA prerequisites
  • Additional job opportunities after graduation
  • Foundational knowledge to start own practice
  • Credentials to be a company administrator/leader
  • Earn DPT in 2.5 years, regardless of MBA progression
  • MBA curriculum is self-paced

Your next step to 
becoming a student
at Charleston

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from every university/college ever attended
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Academic Statement (300 – 500-word essay explaining why you chose to attend CSU and your academic and professional goals)
  • Resume
  • No entrance exam is required (such as GRE or GMAT)


Students can apply to the MBA program at any time (including after beginning PT school). Both degrees can be earned in under 3 years, however, the MBA is self-paced and has a ultimate time limit of six years.

There will be a rolling admission. Students can apply anytime during the year.

You can find additional information at the College of Business MBA page or by contacting Dr. Maxwell Rollins at 843-863-7956 or

Yes, there is one prerequisite that should be taken: Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance (BUSI 512).

The director of the College of Business (Dr. Maxwell Rollins) evaluates every applicant.

No, there is no entrance exam needed.

The accelerated program is 10 months; however, flexibility allows 17-45 months to complete the MBA.

No, there is no application fee.

Students will apply directly to the College of Business.