Course requirements - MSc and PhD in Pharmacy
All graduate students in pharmacy are required to take:
- PHARM 601 MSc Thesis Proposal or PHARM 616 PhD Thesis Proposal
- offered in the winter, spring and fall terms
- register for this course in the term you will give your proposal presentation (normally term 2)
- for more information, see the thesis proposal page
- PHARM 610 Topics in Drug Development
- normally offered in the winter term
- should be taken within the first year of study
- students are responsible for ensuring that they complete this required course in a timely manner
- for more information about this course, see the Pharmacy course subject guide in the graduate studies academic calendar
- in very rare cases where students have significant work experience and background in drug development, permission to waive PHARM 610 Topics in Drug Development will be considered by the Pharmacy Graduate Officer and the Associate Director Graduate Studies and Research, on a case-by-case basis. If a course waiver is granted, students are required to make up the equivalent course unit by taking an alternate graduate level course of the same unit weight (i.e. 0.5 course unit).
Course requirements - MPharm
Core (required) courses for the MPharm program can be found on the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
All coursework is normally completed in the first two terms of the program, following the schedule below.
› PHARM 651 Advanced Principles of Medication Management 1
› PHARM 653 Methods in Clinical and Applied Research
› Biostatistics or quantitative data analysis course
› Elective course 1
› PHARM 652 Advanced Principles of Medication Management 2
› PHARM 654 Critical Appraisal and Evidence-based Practice
› PHARM 655 Physical Assessment and Clinical Laboratory Testing
› Elective course 2
Graduate course information and schedules
Adding or dropping courses
Some graduate courses require a permission number for you to enrol. When this is the case, you should contact the course instructor.
Students who wish to drop a course must complete the graduate studies course drop/add form, available on the graduate studies forms web page. Drop periods are posted on Quest. Students who miss drop deadlines will be subject to drop penalties, as posted on Quest.
'Audit' and 'Extra' courses
Normally, courses are taken 'for credit' and are counted toward your degree.
In the case where you wish to take a course in addition to your degree requirements, and you do not want to have the course counted toward your degree, you will have to complete and submit the Graduate studies course drop/add from.
There are two options for such cases:
- 'Audit': The course will appear on your transcript, but no numerical grade will be given. Instead, 'AUD' will be noted.
- 'Extra': The course will appear on your transcript, and you will receive a numerical grade but the grade will not be counted in your cumulative grade point average nor toward your degree. Should you decide to pursue an additional degree at Waterloo or elsewhere, the 'extra course' will be eligible for transfer toward fulfilment of the additional degree.
If you do not complete the course drop/add form to indicate an additional course as "audit" or "extra", the course will automatically be counted toward your degree requirements.
For further instructions, see How do I add classes on the Quest Help page.
Courses offered at external institutions
Graduate students may take courses from another university in Ontario under the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) program. Everything you need to know about the program and how to apply is posted on the Graduate Studies Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program website.
Accessing online course material
Pharmacy graduate course evaluations
At the end of each term, students are requested to complete an evaluation form for graduate courses in pharmacy. The fillable form is available on the pharmacy graduate student forms page and can be emailed to the administrative coordinator for graduate studies. Evaluation information is de-identified and aggregated before being provided to course instructors.