Do you want to be a leader in pharmacy? The MPharm in Advanced Pharmacy Practice is a clinical pharmacy program designed to build future leaders by enhancing the clinical, research, and teaching skills of pharmacists.
Graduates of the program will be positioned to become Canada’s next leaders of pharmacy departments in hospitals, executive directors of family health teams, educators in pharmacy schools, and more.
The two-year program consists of:
- Eight one-term (0.50 unit weight) graduate level courses; 6 required and 2 electives*
- 750 hours of clinical experiences involving direct-patient care in one or more health care settings
- Master's Research Paper
- Fundamentals of University Teaching workshop series
- Leadership workshops
- Academic Integrity Workshop and Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
*Students are required to be on site at the School for 8 months while they complete their coursework. The clinical experience and research components of the degree can be completed off site
Learn more about admissions and program requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar. Hear more from Program Co-ordinators Tejal Patel and Feng Chang in this news article on creating the MPharm program.
Frequently asked MPharm questions
Why create this new program?
Undergraduate pharmacy programs in Canada train pharmacists who serve the medication and health requirements of patients with a broad range of medical conditions. However, there is a need for an advanced pharmacist practitioner who has 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 judgement, critical appraisal of evidence and treatment goals.
The majority of academic and clinical pharmacists working in Canada completed post-baccalaureate PharmD training at universities in North America. As pharmacy education evolved, a modified version of the original PharmD has become the entry-to-practice degree for pharmacists and post-baccalaureate PharmD programs have been discontinued. In Canada, pharmacists interested in advanced clinical practice complete a one-year program residency. However, there are few of these programs and they do not include formal coursework and research training is limited.
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.
How will an MPharm benefit my career?
The MPharm helps open career doors that may not be available to graduates with an entry-to-practice PharmD.
The MPharm positions graduates for leadership positions. Typically, pharmacists who hold positions as directors of pharmacy departments in hospitals, executive directors at family health teams, or in academic roles at universities have some form of advanced pharmacy training. The MPharm puts graduates on a pathway to achieve these senior leadership roles.
If you are interested in leading a team, building and delivering a unique health care initiative or becoming a clinical expert and go-to resource for pharmacists, the MPharm is right for you.
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:
- Drug informatics
- Public health
- Travel health
- Vulnerable populations
- Rural health
- Various therapeutic areas
- And many more
What are unique skills I’ll gain from completing this program?
- Through courses in advanced medication management: skills in critical appraisal and evidence based practice, physical assessments and laboratory testing, research methods, and biostatistics
- Through additional training opportunities: skills in teaching and leadership
- Through research project: skills in advanced health care research as well as verbal and written communication skills
- Through 750 hours of direct patient care: skills in advanced patient care
What kinds of students are you hoping to attract?
Pharmacists who wish to become leaders in advanced pharmacy practice, who want to 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.
What are the application requirements?
- Be graduates of an accredited have graduated from an accredited undergraduate pharmacy program leading to the BScPharm or PharmD degrees
- Be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Ontario. Students who are not licensed at the time of acceptance into the MPharm program will be required to obtain licensure prior to beginning the clinical practicum since they will be expected to engage in the full range of professional activities associated with the scope of practice for pharmacists in Ontario.
- Have minimum average of 78% in the final two years of their undergraduate pharmacy degree
- Have outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English (assessed by personal interview)
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 program. Learn more about admissions and program requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
How much are tuition and fees?
Projected tuition and fees for the MPharm program are as follows:
Total cost/term (year)
Canadians and Permanent residents
Actual tuition and fees will be posted on the Tuition Fee Schedules.
Am I eligible for any scholarships or funding?
Students in professional degree programs are not funded by the university, department, or supervisor, but are encouraged to apply for any awards and scholarships for which they may be eligible.
See Minimum funding for graduate programs for details about at the University of Waterloo.
Do I need to find a supervisor before I can apply?
No. See the Pharmacy admissions FAQs for more information.
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the fall 2020 admit term is February 1 for international applicants, and May 1 for Canadians and permanent residents.
I am an internationally trained Pharmacist. How do I know if I am eligible for licensure as a Pharmacist in Ontario?
See the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for information on having your prior credentials evaluated.
How many spaces are available?
We anticipate accepting 4-5 students into the first cohort of the MPharm program.
Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
Initially, we will only be accepting students for full-time studies.