Information for

Pharmacy graduate program admissions

This page describes the following aspects of applying to our graduate program:

Pharmacy admission requirements

Admission to the pharmacy graduate program is subject to university-wide minimum requirements. Additional details about eligibility specific to the MSc and PhD in Pharmacy programs can be found on the graduate studies academic calendar. Access information about these requirements using the links below:

Identifying a supervisor

All students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy must secure the support of a research supervisor to be admitted into our program.

Admission is competitive. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our research supervisor profiles and contact the supervisor(s) with whom they wish to work, to see the supervisor(s) have the funding, resources, and interest to consider them for admission to their research group.  

Contacting potential supervisor(s) does not guarantee an offer of admission, but significantly increases your chances of success. 

Application process and deadlines

Everything you need to know about the admission process for graduate programs at the University of Waterloo is available on the Discover graduate studies application process web page

At the University of Waterloo, the calendar year is divided into three academic terms. The School of Pharmacy accepts applications for admission to our graduate program in all three terms, however, spring admissions are less common.

  • Application forms and supporting documents are due by the deadlines in the table below.
  • Students who meet these deadlines will be eligible for consideration for any major awards and scholarships (OGS, tri-agency scholarships and internal uWaterloo awards) to which they have applied
Admit term Application deadline*

Fall (Sept - Dec)

Winter (Jan - Apr)

Spring (May - Aug)

February 1 (same year)

June 1 (previous year)

October 1 (previous year)

* Domestic student (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) applications will be considered after these deadlines, although this may impact your eligibility for major awards and scholarships in your first year.

Information for international students

International students (i.e. students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada) are required to have a study permit.  For more information, see the international student experience web page.

International students must also have a minimum level of English language proficiency (ELP) to be considered for admission to graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. Information about this requirement and any exemptions can also be found on the following graduate studies academic calendar and discover graduate studies web pages:

Frequently asked admissions questions