Information for Candidates who have studied outside Ontario (Non-Ontario and International)

All Qualified candidates may apply for admission to the PharmD program.  The class size of approximately 240 students will be comprised mainly of domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents).  International students who meet the published requirements are competitive within the applicant pool will be considered for admission.

The information provided below applies to candidates who have completed some or all of their education outside of Ontario, regardless of their status in Canada/Ontario.

Due to the large number of post-secondary institutions we regret that we are unable to publish listings of acceptable courses for all institutions. Prospective applicants who have completed academic subject requirements outside Ontario, whether in another Canadian province/territory or in various other worldwide educational systems, should follow the steps outlined below:

  • If you attended a Canadian university click here to access a PDF document which provides a listing of all Ontario universities and some non-Ontario universities, to see if your university is listed – universities are listed in alphabetical order. If your university is listed you will see columns with examples of acceptable course codes for eight of the specified required subjects.
  • If your university is not listed in the PDF document mentioned above, print and carefully review the information in the ‘Additional Information About Required Subjects’ section. This section provides details of each subject requirement as well as links to the descriptions of the University of Toronto (St George campus) courses that meet these requirements.   Use these as examples.
  • Compare the information provided (regarding the required courses) with the courses you have completed to determine, to the best of your  ability, if the courses align.
  • It is suggested that you print page 7 of the Worksheet (which lists the required subjects)  to help you organize your list (click here to access and print the Worksheet).
  • If you require further guidance, after completing a course-by-course comparison on your own, you may contact the PharmD Admissions Office directly with specific questions by sending an e-mail message to us at with the subject line ‘Course equivalence inquiry’.  If you attended a Canadian or American University, provide us with the course code for the course(s) in question along with a link to the official course descriptions, on the university website, if available.

Please note that, although we do provide guidance as needed regarding individual required courses, due to time and resource limitations the Faculty cannot conduct a formal full review of academic qualifications until after an official application has been submitted.

While every effort will be made to respond to e-mail messages in a timely manner, prospective applicants should understand that there are many factors that influence response times and therefore must send necessary inquiries well in advance of any applicable deadlines.

As well, remember that you must comply with all other admission requirements – academic requirements, Pharmacy College Admission Test, and admission interviews.  Applicants from outside Ontario must still register for and complete the PCAT test and must be willing and able to make travel and accommodation arrangements if selected to attend an interview; there are no exceptions.

We provide some general information below related to various educational systems.  Please click on the links below to be directed to the information relevant to you:

Applicants who have studied outside of Canada will be required to submit detailed course outlines/syllabi for any courses intended to satisfy the Chemistry, Calculus, Biochemistry, Human Physiology and Statistics subject requirements. This is to be submitted after submission of the online application. Course outlines for the remainder of the required subjects should be available in the event they are requested.

Non-Ontario (Canadian) Secondary School Credits

The following table outlines the secondary school credit guidelines for non-Ontario high school systems in Canada for the Physics subject requirement.

Alberta PHY 30
British Columbia Grade 12 Physics (provincially examinable)
Manitoba PHY 40S
New Brunswick PHY 121
Newfoundland & Labrador PHY3204
Northwest Territories PHY 30
Nova Scotia University preparation PHY 12
Nunavut PHY 30
Prince Edward Island PHY  621
Saskatchewan PHY 30
Yukon Grade 12 Physics (provincially examinable)

Grade 12 – Secondary School – International

A Grade 12 or equivalent is required to satisfy the Physics subject requirement. However, there are some exceptions where high school credits will not be considered including, for example, some South American and African countries where the secondary school system is not considered equivalent, as well as Iran (where a Pre-University credit is required) and the Philippines where only university level credits will be considered.

Information for Applicants from Quebec

Candidates who have studied in the Quebec high school system should note that grade 11 courses do not meet any of the academic subject requirements. Only CEGEP and university level credits are considered.  Candidates who have completed studies at a CEGEP must supplement the CEGEP studies with a minimum of one year of university level study.

In most cases, candidates who have completed two years of study at a CEGEP are able to use their CEGEP courses to meet the Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Calculus, English and the Humanities/Social Science subject requirements if a minimum of two semesters of each was taken.  For consideration toward fulfilling the Humanities/Social Science subject requirement, transfer credit would normally need to have been granted at your home university.  If your CEGEP program included Biochemistry and Statistics these may also be considered in meeting these two subject requirements.  For purposes of meeting the English subject requirement please note that you must have courses coded with prefix ‘603’.

Note that the Physical Chemistry and Physiology requirements must be met through the completion of a university level course.  CEGEP courses are not acceptable in meeting these requirements. Click here to access a table with some examples of course codes.


International Qualifications

Advanced Placement

Candidates who have completed Advanced Placement courses must supplement these studies with at least one year of university study.  Advanced Placement credits, with an exam score of at least 4, may be used to meet the English, Physics, Introductory Chemistry, Introductory Biology, Statistics and (depending on the specific course/s taken) Humanities/Social Science subject requirements. For consideration toward fulfilling the Humanities/Social Science subject requirement, transfer credit would normally need to have been granted at your home university

Note that AP Calculus (AB or BC) is not acceptable in meeting the Calculus requirement.  However, if you have been granted admission to a university which awarded transfer credit for AP Calculus we will allow the AP credit in combination with successful completion of either the second half of the first year Calculus (Calculus II), or an advanced (2nd year) Calculus credit.  Students who completed the AP Calculus, but were not granted any transfer credit in Calculus at a university, must complete the required two terms of Calculus at a university.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate program should note that it is necessary to supplement the IB studies with at least one year of university level study.

An IB Standard Level may be used to meet the Physics subject requirement.

Exam scores of at least 5 in IB Higher Levels may be used to meet the subject requirements in English, Introductory Biology, Introductory Chemistry, Calculus and Humanities/Social Science. ‘Math Studies’ does not fulfill the Calculus requirement. For consideration toward fulfilling the Humanities/Social Science subject requirement, transfer credit would normally need to have been granted at your home university


General Certificate of Education (GCE/GCSE/IGCSE)

Applicants who have completed the General Certificate of Education Ordinary/Advanced levels must supplement their studies with at least one year of university level study.

Applicants who have completed a General Certificate of Education (GCSE or IGCSE), where the exams were conducted by an examination board located in the UK or equivalent authority based elsewhere (e.g. CXC, HKEA, WAEC) may use an “Ordinary” level credit to satisfy the Physics subject requirement.

“Advanced” levels are required to satisfy the English, Introductory Chemistry, Introductory Biology, and Humanities/Social Science subject requirements.  Note that if your university has granted you transfer credit for a half-credit equivalent in Organic Chemistry (Organic I), this will meet only half of the Organic Chemistry requirement. For consideration toward fulfilling the Humanities/Social Science subject requirement, transfer credit would normally need to have been granted at your home university

Note that “A” Level Mathematics cannot be used to satisfy the Calculus requirement (with the exception of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Mathematics which is acceptable).

“Advanced Subsidiary” levels cannot be used to meet university level subject requirements where a full-credit equivalent is required.


Candidates with Previous Registration in a Pharmacy program outside of Canada

Candidates who have graduated from a Pharmacy program outside Canada and who wish to become licensed in Canada must follow the procedures as set out by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).  If your credentials are recognized you will be eligible to write the relevant Board Exams (Evaluating and/or Qualifying Exams).  For more information on this process, please visit the PEBC website at The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy does not conduct evaluations of foreign Pharmacy degrees.

If your credentials are not recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, or if you have not been successful in the PEBC exams on the maximum allowable number of attempts, and you are therefore required to complete a Pharmacy program, you must meet all of the published requirements (e.g. prerequisite courses, cumulative university average, and minimums on PCAT) to be eligible for admission consideration to our PharmD program.

For additional information, please refer to Candidates with Previous Registration in a Pharmacy Program.