How to apply to the PharmD program

Current university students or university graduates should reference the following information when preparing to apply to the PharmD program.

Application Timeline - January 2021 (Applications are now closed)

Date Event
Aug 12, 2019

Applications open.

Applications will be acknowledged by email approximately one week after submission and further information will be provided.

Aug 20, 2019 Canadian Professional Health Sciences CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) HS2 test dates begin. Specific details are posted on the CASPer website.
Sep 5-22, 2019

OUAC shutdown

Applications are unavailable during this time. All applications that have been started but not submitted prior to September 5, will be deleted. The application system will be available once again on September 23.

Dec 24, 2019 -
Jan 2, 2020

Holiday break

Acknowledgement emails will resume the first week of January 2020.

Jan 2, 2020 Deadline to submit the January 2021 application and pay the application fee (midnight EST).
Jan 20, 2020 Deadline to submit Admission Information Form (AIF).
Jan 26, 2020 Canadian Professional Health Sciences CASPer HS2 last test date. Specific details are posted on the CASPer website.
Feb 6, 2020

Deadline to submit the following items (details will be provided in the acknowledgement email you will receive after you apply to the program):

  1. Interim post-secondary transcript(s) showing final grades up to the end of the fall 2019 term as well as any course enrolment for the winter 2020 term
  2. Reference Form
  3. Confirmation of English Language Requirements (if applicable)
Apr 9, 2020 Invitations for interviews and FSA sent by email. Those not invited will be notified by email.
Apr 16, 2020 Deadline to confirm attendance for your interview and FSA. If you fail to respond by this date, your interview time may be assigned to another applicant.
May 1-3, 2020 Interviews and FSA.
May 29, 2020 Deadline to submit post-secondary transcripts with final winter 2020 grades.
Jun 11, 2020 Admission decisions communicated to all interviewed applicants.
Jun 18, 2020 Deadline to accept Offer of Admission.
Jan 2021 Classes begin.

Academic requirements

The entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is a second-entry professional program requiring that students complete a specific set of courses at the post-secondary level prior to entering the PharmD program. In order to complete the required courses you will normally need to have been enrolled in a university-level undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) program.

The courses required for admission provide a foundation of knowledge that the PharmD program builds upon.

Students can complete the course requirements at any accredited post-secondary institution. No preference will be given to Waterloo students. Students planning to apply from another institution are required to ensure that the courses taken are equivalent to those listed below. To obtain a list of course equivalents for other institutions, prospective applicants are strongly advised to email

Due to the rigorous nature of the PharmD program, the Admissions Committee prefers that applicants show evidence of taking a full course load (five lecture courses per term) during their previous or current BSc studies.

The Admissions Committee discourages applicants from opting to have required courses assessed on a credit/no credit (CR/NCR) basis, where this is permitted by their home institution. For further information on how such courses are handled from an admissions perspective, please consult our Frequently asked admissions questions.


Non-academic requirements

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