Program information

Department/School School of Pharmacy
Faculty Faculty of Science
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May - August)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

February 1 (for admission in September)

June 1 (for admission in January of the following year)

October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)

Delivery mode On-campus (Kitchener campus)
Program type Doctoral, Research
Length of program

48 months (full-time)

Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis
Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy Practice and Health Services Research

Pharmacoepidemiology and Health Outcomes Research

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A 78% overall standing in a two-year Master of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree, in a relevant field.
  • We expect that most students entering our program will have previously graduated from a thesis based MSc degree. There is a possibility to be admitted to the PhD program in the absence of a thesis based MSc and equivalency will be established on a case-by-case basis. The Admissions Committee however, will require evidence that the student has fulfilled the expected MSc outcomes even in the absence of the MSc degree.
  • Students in the MSc in Pharmacy program at the University of Waterloo may apply to transfer to the PhD in Pharmacy program after their first year in the MSc program but not later than the end of the second year. To be eligible to transfer, the following conditions must be met:
    • The student must have completed at least 2 courses (a total of 1.00 credit units) at the graduate level, including PHARM 601, and have achieved a score of at least 75% in each course.
    • The student must be in good academic standing, including not being on probation or carrying incomplete grades.
    • The student must demonstrate good progress in a research project that the Advisory Committee considers could be expanded to a PhD project.
    • The student must demonstrate superior academic, research and scientific writing and oral presentation skills such that the experience of conducting research, collecting and analyzing data and preparing and defending a thesis at the MSc level could be bypassed. Implicit in this is that the student must demonstrate the necessary potential for research skills and knowledge to successfully complete a PhD.
  • Enrolment in the PhD program for transfer students will be counted from the date of initial registration in the MSc in Pharmacy program. The student may begin work on the PhD only after the transfer is approved.


Application material

  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Three references are required, at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

  • Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
  • Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
  • Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the School of Pharmacy graduate students
  • Strategically located in the Innovation District in Downtown Kitchener, the School of Pharmacy is the anchor institution of the Health Sciences Campus at Waterloo
  • Review the School of Pharmacy website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Melinda Recchia at 
519-888-4567, ext. 21353