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

All qualified candidates may apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.  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 and are competitive within the applicant pool will be considered for admission. Candidates from outside Ontario must comply with all admission requirements which include writing the PCAT test and the in-person admissions interview.

Candidates 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 view examples of acceptable courses for eight of the specified required subject prerequisites from Ontario and some non-Ontario universities.
  • If your university is not listed, please refer to the “Additional Information about Required Subjects" section of the PharmD Application Handbook. Due to the large number of post-secondary institutions we are unable to publish listings of acceptable courses for all institutions.
  • 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.
  • Print page 23 of the Handbook (which lists the required subjects) to help you organize your list
  • If you require further guidance, please email the PharmD Admissions Office adm.phm@utoronto.ca with the subject line subject line ‘Course equivalence inquiry’. If you attended a Canadian or American University, please provide 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, we cannot conduct a formal review of academic qualifications until after an official application has been submitted. We strongly encourage applicants to send inquiries well in advance of application deadlines.
 

Submitting Detailed Course Outlines

Candidates 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 may also be requested.
 

Additional Information

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)
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

Non-Ontario and other qualifications including AP, IB, GCE

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 (second 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)

Candidates 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)

Candidates 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).

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