Information for

How to apply

This page contain information on the following:

Application deadlines

At the University of Waterloo the calendar year is divided into three academic terms: Fall (September-December), Winter (January-April) and Spring (May-August.)

The School of Pharmacy accepts applications for admission to our graduate program in all three terms, although Spring admissions are less common.

  • Application forms and supporting documents are due by the deadlines outlined 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 UW awards) to which they have applied. 
Starting semester Application Deadline**

Fall (Sept - Dec)

Winter (Jan - Apr)

Spring (May - Aug)

February 1  March 1 

June 1 (previous year)

October 1 (previous year)

** For Domestic students (Canadians 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.

How to apply

Step 1: Review our admission requirements

Prospective students are encouraged to review the School of Pharmacy's graduate program admission requirements Graduate to confirm that they are eligible for admission based on the academic requirements (and English proficiency requirements where appropriate.)

Step 2: Contact a research supervisor

Prospective students should review the profiles of our research supervisors and contact the individual you wish to work with to see if they will consider you for admission to their research group.

Admission to a research group in contingent upon the availability of research funding (faculty members guarantee financial aid to graduate students they supervise) and changes each term as students in our program complete their research projects and new positions become available. Admission to our program is highly competitive (we receive over 100 applications per year and typically admit 15 students per year.)

If a faculty member indicates that they will support your application for admission, then they will encourage you to submit an application and request that the Graduate Studies and Research Committee review your application at their next meeting.

If you do not receive a response from a Faculty member that you have contacted, you may still apply. However, we advise that admission is unlikely without prior Faculty support.

Step 3: Apply online

Review the information on the University of Waterloo Discover Graduate Studies web pages, and follow the Application Process as it is outlined. 


If you have questions about the School of Pharmacy review process or any other matters, please visit our frequently asked questions website or contact the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies and Research

Please note that we do not advise applicants of their admissibility via email.  Our graduate programs are research intensive and thesis-based.  Please review the all of the information provided before making further inquiries. Inquiries that lack clarity or that request information that is readily available in these web pages will not receive a response.

We thank all candidates for their interest in the graduate programs at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, and for choosing to apply to our School, and we greatly appreciate your patience during the admissions process.

Back to top