Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy.
There are 2 pharmacy schools in Ontario:
Be sure to visit each university’s website for more information on their program and specific admission requirements. Note also that there are 10 Canadian Council Accreditation of Pharmacy accredited Faculties of Pharmacy in Canada and two in the Middle East.
Visit each school’s website to learn about their application processes and register for an account.
Applications are typically due at the beginning of January every application year (December 1st is the early bird deadline).
Typical Application Timeline
Begin 1 to 2 years prior to your desired Fall start (refer to each pharmacy school's website for these details):
Application components vary by institution but may include:
Admission committees are looking for statements that demonstrate:
Pharmacy schools require a high GPA. Many look for demonstrated interest in pharmacy on your application.
Improve your GPA:
Visit the AA&CC and the Centre for Teaching & Learning to improve your academic skills.
Get to know a few professors early so that they write a strong reference letter for you.
Join volunteer and co-curricular activities that demonstrate your skills and ongoing interest in a career in Pharmacy.
All health care programs have a significant tuition cost, because hiring strong instructors and providing up-to-date facilities cost a great deal. Each institution’s fees are different. Annual tuition for Ontario students ranges $13,000-$16,000
Attend the Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, go to a Preparing for Professional & Graduate School workshop, or speak with a Career team member to learn how to get relevant experience!
Please Note: While this page aims to ensure accuracy, requirements do change. Consider it a starting point for your further research. Visit individual program websites for detailed, up-to-date information about admission requirements and application procedures.