Application Process

How to apply:

Instructions for successful application to MSc and PhD programs:
Applying to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program is a two-stage process:

  • Stage 1: Complete a preliminary application (no application fee involved).
    Stage 2: Submit a formal application through the FGSR Graduate Studies Management Solution (requires a $135 application fee).

All graduate students in the program require a supervisor. An application will not be admitted until a qualified faculty member has agreed to supervise and take the applicant as a student.

Application Steps:

Step 1 - Verify if you meet the Admission Requirements

All applicants require:

  1. At least a baccalaureate or its academic equivalent. (Since degrees vary greatly from institution to institution and country to country, the University of Alberta will examine course content to establish equivalencies to a U of A baccalaureate degree. For a list of minimum academic requirements by country, please click here.)
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years of study, or an equivalent qualification.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate admission at the University of Alberta. Please refer to specific English requirements found here. (NOTE: English language scores that are more than two years old are not accepted).

Step 2 - Complete a Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Preliminary Application

Fill out the preliminary application form. This form provides faculty members with information about the applicant's academic background, employment experience, refereed contributions to the literature and research interests. Applicants will also be asked to list the names of up to three faculty members whose area of research is of interest. Applicants are encouraged to review the supervisor profiles/research websites of our faculty members. Use the space provided in the application form to answer each question; additional pages and attachments will not be accepted.

Step 3 - Identification of Supervisor

All applicants require a supervisor for admission to the graduate program. Faculty members will review information provided in the preliminary application and contact prospective students whom they may be willing to supervise. Applicants may or may not be contacted by faculty members identified in the preliminary application form. If there are no qualified faculty members willing to supervise an applicant, they will not be contacted for further consideration. Please refrain from contacting the Graduate Office regarding status of your preliminary application. Do not proceed to the next step until a qualified faculty member has agreed to supervise and take you as a student.

Our ability to accept students into our graduate programs is limited by the number of supervisors available, research facilities and funding. We receive far more preliminary applications to our program than we can accommodate. We thank all preliminary applicants for their interest in applying for graduate studies admission in our Faculty. Our review process for preliminary applications normally takes six to eight weeks, although this can vary with the number of applications being received.

If you have not heard from us within that time period, it’s because we receive far more applications for admission than the number we can admit, your application was not successful in the existing pool of applicants, nor was a satisfactory match of supervisor available.

Step 4 - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Application and Application Fee

Only proceed with this step if a qualified faculty member has agreed to supervise and take you as a student.

Access the application page here. NOTE: there is a $135 CAD (Non-Refundable) application fee.

During the application process, you will be required to upload the following information directly to the online application.

  • official transcripts or marksheets
  • degree certificates from each university or post-secondary institution previously attended
  • curriculum vitae or resume (do not use the University of Alberta's CV Form)
  • proof of English language proficiency (if necessary)
  • three letters of reference


  • Hard copies of transcripts are only required if you are admitted.
  • The faculty does not notify applicants with regard to missing documents, so please check the applicant portal on a regular basis.

Step 5 - Final Decision

Once the file is completed, it will go for review by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Studies Committee. Once a decision is reached the applicant will be notified through the applicant portal.

Applicants who are ADMITTED must refer to the applicant portal to retrieve their admission letter, and to either accept or refuse the admission offer. If the offer is not accepted, the offer is not finalized. The offer is only finalized once the accept offer button has been clicked.

Application Deadlines (for those selected to move on to Step 4, above)

Canadian Applicants

Applications from Canadian citizens and permanent Residents may be accepted up to the start of the term. However, applications should be submitted as early as possible. We recommend submitting the application and ALL supporting documentation according to the following schedule:


Additional information for Canadian Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

International Applicants

Applicants are reminded that plenty of time (up to six months of more) may be needed to make arrangements to enter Canada. We encourage prospective students to submit their application and ALL supporting documentation well in advance of the recommended submission deadlines below:


Additional information for International Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.