We have recently conducted a full review of our admissions process and significant changes have been made in the requirements for admission to the PharmD program for September 2021.

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. 

For admission in September 2021 applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program are considered based on three key factors:

  • Academic Performance;
  • CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test score, and;
  • an online admissions interview.

Academic Performance 

  • Applicants must successfully complete a minimum of 1.5 FCEs *  in Chemistry, 1.0 FCE in Biology, 1.0 FCE in Mathematics (including 0.5 in Calculus)  and 1.0 FCE in Humanities/Social Science at the university level, by the end of April of the year for which application has been made.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a total of at least 8.0 FCEs (full-credit equivalents) at the university level by the end of April of the year for which application has been made.
  • Applicants must achieve a cumulative university average of no less than 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto).

*(FCE = Full-credit equivalent.  1.0 FCE= 2 terms/semesters, 0.5 FCE = 1 term/semester)

CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) 

All applicants must complete the CASPer Test, an online situational-judgement test used to assess non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. This test is administered online, and may be completed anywhere you have a reliable internet connection.  You may refer to www.takecasper.com for details.

Admission Interviews  

Applicants who meet minimum required thresholds in the academic requirements, and in the CASPer Test, will be invited to participate in an online interview, which will be facilitated through a video-enabled interviewing platform.  The online interview format is new for 2021 and replaces the in-person MMIs (multiple mini-interviews).  A maximum of approximately 500 candidates will be invited to participate in the online admission interviews.  Minimum thresholds in academic performance and CASPer scores will be set to determine interview candidates. Each selected applicant must participate in the admission interview process to remain eligible for further admissions consideration. Additional details related to process and interview dates will be available  at a later date.

Selection Process

  • All applicants will be screened on academic criteria (as noted above) as well as performance in the CASPer Test.  It should be noted that although 70% is the minimum published average, the actual minimum to proceed to the online interview stage may be higher depending on the applicant pool. Eligible applicants, who meet the required threshold in the academic criteria, and in the CASPer Test, will proceed to the online interview where a minimum threshold must also be met.
  • 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