Graduate students

The Master of Science in Pharmacy (MSc, Pharmacy) and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (PhD, Pharmacy) programs at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy empower the understanding and application of scientific concepts, collaborative discovery, and leading-edge research.  
Through research-intensive and thesis based study, our MSc and PhD programs educate graduates who will make significant contributions to global scientific, academic, and healthcare communities. 
The objective of the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) program is to develop advanced pharmacist practitioners who will serve as medication experts in the provision of health care, educators in the classroom and clinical setting, and researchers contributing to the generation and transfer of knowledge related to the optimal use of medications.
Graduates of the MPharm program will have the clinical practice skills as well as the research and educational training to serve as  advanced pharmacist practitioners and medication therapy experts. 
All students in our graduate programs have the opportunity to learn the latest research methods in our state-of-the-art facilities, and benefit from the mentorship of faculty members who are engaged in exciting new research designed to improve health by prevention of disease, identification of new therapeutic options, and optimization of drug use in disease treatment.

The MSc and PhD in Pharmacy programs do not qualify graduates to practice Pharmacy in Canada; aspiring Pharmacists should check out the PharmD program.  The MPharm program is intended for students who previously completed a PharmD or equivalent degree and are already eligible for licensure as a Pharmacist.


Graduate studies and research program administration

The pharmacy graduate studies and research program is administered by the following faculty and staff. The administrative coordinator is the initial contact for general questions in all areas. See the graduate officer for specific program or supervisor questions and the associate director for research specific inquiries.
Andrea Edginton

Andrea Edginton
Associate Director, Graduate Studies and Research

Praveen Nekkar Rao

Praveen Nekkar Rao
Graduate Officer

Melinda Recchia

Melinda Recchia
Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies and Research