Master of Pharmacy in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (MPharm) Overview

Program description

Build your network and clinical experience through our streamlined MPharm program

MPharm is one of the first advanced pharmacy training programs in the country. This one-year course based master's program is designed to train pharmacists to become leaders with enhanced clinical knowledge, research, and teaching skills.

There is a need for an advanced pharmacist practitioner who have the expert knowledge to manage complex patients or complex drug therapy in specialized patient populations. These advanced practitioners require a higher level of knowledge and skill in order to make the best possible decisions regarding medication management based on clinical judgment, critical appraisal of evidence and treatment goals. 

Complete the program in 1 year

  1. 2024
    1. Term 1: Fall 2024

      • Academic integrity module
      • PHARM 651 Advanced Principles of Medication Management 1 
      • PHARM 654 Critical Appraisal and Evidence-based Practice
      • PHARM 653 Methods in Clinical and Applied Research
      • PHARM 655 Physical Assessment and Clinical Laboratory Testing
      • Research project

  2. 2025
    1. Term 2: Winter 2025

      • PHARM 652 Advanced Principles of Medication Management 2: Practicum
      •  Research project

    2. Term 3: Spring 2025

      • PHARM 658 Advanced Principles of Medication Management 3: Practicum
      • Research paper and presentation

    3. Congratulations graduate!

      After only 3 terms, you are now a proud graduate of the MPharm program.

Why create the MPharm program?

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What does the MPharm include?

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Sample courses

PHARM 651: Advanced Principles of Medication Management 1 

Students will learn advanced principles of drug action, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics and will apply these principles to identifying and resolving drug-related problems in a variety of therapeutic areas. A problem-based learning approach will be used to maximize student learning.

PHARM 655: Physical Assessment & Clinical Laboratory Testing 

Fundamental skills of physical assessment and the basic understanding and interpretation of diagnostic testing, imaging and clinical laboratory tests relevant to monitoring the effects and adverse events associated with the use of medications will be covered (lecture and laboratory).


Admission requirements

  • Minimum 78% in the final two years of accredited undergraduate Pharmacy degree program (BScPharm, or PharmD) or equivalent overall standing for internationally educated applicants.
  • Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Ontario.
  • It is highly desirable that applicants have completed at least one year of pharmacy practice or an accredited pharmacy residency program prior to entering the MPharm in Advanced Pharmacy Practice program.
  • An interview may be required.

Application material

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
  • Transcript(s)
  • References (professional or academic)
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
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Tuition and fees

The MPharm is a professional masters program hosted on campus

Scholarships

The school of Pharmacy offers a variety of scholarships to graduate students.

Other funding options

There are options beyond scholarships to help pay for MPharm.

Frequently asked questions

I already have a PharmD. Why should I apply to this program?

The combined effect of the discontinuation of post-baccalaureate PharmD programs and the lack of residency training opportunities in Canada is a shortage of pharmacists with the advanced clinical and research skills needed to meet the needs of health care institutions and universities for clinical practitioners, educators and scientists.  In the MPharm program you will gain a higher level of knowledge and skill in order to fill this shortage. You will also receive additional training in leadership, teaching, and research, opening up new career options for leadership positions in health care institutions.

Can I focus on a specific topic in the MPharm program?

Where possible, the MPharm research projects and placements can be customized to fit the interests of each student.

Possible research areas of focus include:

  • Immunization
  • Drug informatics
  • Public health
  • Travel health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Rural health
  • Various therapeutic areas
  • And many more

I am an internationally trained Pharmacist. How do I know if I am eligible for licensure as a Pharmacist in Ontario?