Admission Requirements for the PharmD program:

Pharmacists occupy a special place in the community and in the healthcare system. To be successful in this multifaceted role, individuals must be effective communicators, collaborative, empathetic and possess strong problem-solving skills. 

Applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program are considered based on three key factors:

  • Academic performance
    • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses
    • Minimum cumulative average of 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto) or higher
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Admissions Interview

Academic Performance 

To be eligible for admission to the PharmD program which starts in September each year, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete all prerequisite courses by the end of April in the same calendar year
  • Possess a cumulative university average of 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto) or higher

Pharmacy College Admission Test  (PCAT)

  • All applicants must write the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) – a specialized test that includes sections on Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reading, as well as a writing sub-test to assess applicants’ ability to think and write effectively.
  • Applicants must achieve minimum standards on each of the PCAT sections to proceed to the interview stage.
  • To learn more about the Pharmacy College Admission Test, register to write this test, or determine upcoming PCAT test dates, please visit the PCAT website

Admission Interviews  

Applicants who meet minimum required thresholds in the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and the other academic criteria, will be invited to the Faculty to participate in an interview session. A maximum of approximately 500 candidates may be invited to participate in admission interviews. Each selected applicant must participate in the admission interview process on their assigned date and time.

For the 2020 admission cycle, all interviews will take place at the Faculty on one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020 (preference given to out-of-province applicants who enter this date as their first choice on the application)

Selection Process

  • Once the admission interviews have occurred and final grades have been submitted, a composite score (Index) will be calculated for each eligible applicant based on the cumulative university average, interview performance and the PCAT composite score.  We will use the Index score to rank candidates for selection.
  • A sufficient number of offers of admission will be made in June to the top candidates to fill a class of approximately 240, while some remaining qualified candidates may be placed on a waiting list. 

Important Dates