PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists

Application Process

Please refer to the University of Alberta Calendar Section - Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for Practicing Pharmacists subheading.

Application Instructions

A. Submitting your Application Form

  • Applicants should apply on-line through the University of Alberta Admissions website
  • The application fee (credit card – MasterCard or Visa only) is $75 for University of Alberta students and alumni, and $125 for all other applicants

B. Submitting your Required Documents

  • Additional paper documents include the completed Cover Letter Form, your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and three letters of reference.
  • With the exception of your transcripts, all additional documents must be submitted to "Attention: PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists Admissions" to the address noted on the Application Timelines page. 
I. Cover Letter 
Please complete electronically and sign the Cover Letter Form.

We will not accept any additional cover letters. 

II. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Elements of your CV should include the following (where applicable):

1. Education and current studies (e.g. degrees, residency diplomas, certifications, practice development, professional workshops, etc.)

2. Employment history (e.g. clinical experience, certifications, etc.)

3. Awards, scholarships and achievements
  a. In pharmacy or other areas
  b. Briefly describe the award, the awarding body
      and value of the award (i.e. monetary or other)
      where applicable.

4. Scholarly Work
  a. Presentations
  b. Publications
      i. Peer reviewed papers
      ii. Non-peer reviewed articles
      iii. Abstracts
      iv. Chapters
      v. Posters

5. Professional involvement (e.g. pharmacy organizations, committees, volunteer work, leadership roles, rounds presentations, etc.)

6. Other activities (e.g. sports, volunteerism, leadership)

III. Reference Letters
Three letters of reference are required. No more than three letters will be accepted.

Please forward the Reference Letter Form electronically to three referees. Provide the referee with your contact information, as outlined on page one of the form, to enable the referee to complete this section on your behalf. The referee should be instructed to send the letter directly to the program (as per outlined on the Reference Letter Form). 

It is important to select referees who can assess your clinical, academic, professional, leadership and/or personal abilities and achievements. At least one letter must be from a practicing pharmacist. The other two letters may come from professionals in the field of Pharmacy (e.g. professors, supervisors, preceptors, employers), references in the health care field or a personal reference (a maximum of one personal reference is permitted). Only information included on the form will be considered and letters submitted instead of or in addition to the form will not be accepted.

IV. Transcripts
Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (with the exception of University of Alberta transcripts) must be sent directly from the respective institutions to the Office of the Registrar at the University of Alberta. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are received prior to the application deadline.

Students who have graduated from the University of Alberta are not required to request transcripts as the program will be able to access these independently.

C. Monitoring your Application

It is the responsibility of applicants to continuously monitor Bear Tracks and their U of A Email Accounts regarding the status of their application and to retrieve communications from the Faculty and the Office of the Registrar.

Selection Process

The Admissions Committee has the responsibility of selecting from among the applicants those individuals who have the highest levels of professional and academic achievement, and a demonstrated promise to successfully complete the program. The number of applicants is expected to exceed the number of available spaces and therefore not all qualified candidates will be selected for interview or offered admission. 

Applicants are ranked on academic achievement, professional experience, cover letter, letters of reference, and a personal interview. An interview will be granted to selected applicants after the initial screening and ranking of applicants have been completed.

Attendance Confirmation

A non-refundable, $1000 confirmation deposit (applied to tuition) will be required upon offer of Conditional Admission (fourth-year students) or Final Admission (practicing pharmacists). Payment will be required by the date specified in the letter of acceptance.