Application Process


Application Steps:

Step 1 - Verify if you meet the Admission Requirements

All applicants require:

1. Admission Requirements:
  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 the specific English requirements found here. (NOTE: English language scores that are more than two years old are not accepted).
2. Identification of Supervisor:
Applicants must have a supervisor and funding in place before they can be accepted into the program.  Applicants must have previously corresponded with a Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member and have agreed to a tentative supervisory arrangement.  
However, acceptance by the supervisor does not guarantee admission into the program.  The final decision is administered by the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).
3. Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) 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 CAD 135 (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 mark sheets
  • 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
  1. Hard copies of transcripts are only required if you are admitted.
  2. The faculty does not notify applicants with regard to missing documents, so please check the applicant portal on a regular basis.
4. 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.
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:

 May 15 for September Admission

September 30 for January Admission 

Additional information for Canadian Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

International Applicants

Applicants are reminded that plenty of time (up to six months or 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:

 May 15 for September Admission
September 30 for January Admission 
Additional information for International Applicants is available at the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.