Significant changes have been made in the requirements for the September 2021 admission cycle for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. The academic subject requirements are fewer and less specific than in past years.  These new requirements align well with the 1st and 2nd year subject requirements of many Life and Physical Science programs.

To be eligible for admission consideration into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, candidates must:

  1. have obtained a cumulative university average of at least 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto)
  2. have successfully completed, (or have successfully completed by the end of 2nd term of the year for which application is made) a minimum of 8 FCEs (full-credit equivalents)* at the university level
  3.  have successfully completed (or have successfully completed by the end of 2nd term of the year for which application is make) the minimum required number of FCEs* in all required subject areas as follows:
  • 1.0 FCE Biology
  • 1.5 FCEs Chemistry
  • 1.0 FCE Math ( which must include at least 0.5 FCE/1 term in Calculus)
  • 1.0 FCE Humanities / Social Science

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

The above requirements would normally require two years of university level study.

It is recommended, but not a requirement, that at least one academic year (September to April) be successfully completed with a course load of 5.0 FCEs.  This is to help candidates prepare for the challenging course load in the PharmD program, which includes up to 6.5 FCEs per year. 

All required FCEs must be completed by the end of April 2021 (i.e. end of the second term of the 2020-21 academic year) to ensure the final grades will be reported to our office no later than the final transcript deadline of May 28, 2021. 

Summer courses taken in the same year for which you are applying cannot be considered as the grades are issued after the final transcript deadline. 

In addition to other published criteria, and regardless of other academic credentials and/or work/personal experience, candidates with previous registration in a Pharmacy program must have been in good standing during the most recent session/year of the Pharmacy program to be eligible for admission consideration

Required Subject Areas

The following provides explanation of each subject requirement, as well as examples of courses offered at the University of Toronto downtown (St George)  campus which will satisfy these requirements. The courses given are examples are those that would typically be completed by Life and Physical Science students within 1st and 2nd year of university study. To see a list of examples of suggested  courses from all Ontario universities (and a select number of other Canadian universities), view our Acceptable Courses at Canadian Universities page. 

You may also refer to the PharmD Application Handbook which includes  an Application Worksheet, to help you organize your information.  The Handbook is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Academic Subject Requirements for September 2021

Biology
  • Minimum of 1.0 FCE (2 terms/semesters) at the university level
  • Laboratory component not required. (Note: Although a lab component is not required, most universities offer courses that automatically include labs which will make up part of your mark in the course.  In these cases you cannot opt out of  the lab component.  Only at universities where lectures and labs are offered independently of each other, i.e. as separate courses for which separate grades are reported, may you opt to take only the lecture portion.)  
  • Any year level  – this includes a broad range of subject material, but excluding courses in Anatomy / Physiology.
  • High school upgrading courses do not meet this requirement
  • Biology credits offered for non-science students do not meet this requirement

Example of acceptable courses:
BIO120H  + BIO130H (or former BIO150Y) at University of Toronto St George campus

Chemistry
  • Minimum of 1.5 FCEs (3 terms/semesters) at the university level
  • Laboratory component not required.(Note: Although a lab component is not required, most universities offer courses that automatically include labs which will make up part of your mark in the course.  In these cases you cannot opt out of  the lab component.  Only at universities where lectures and labs are offered independently of each other, i.e. as separate courses for which separate grades are reported, may you opt to take only the lecture portion.)  
  • Any year level
  • High school upgrading courses do not  meet this requirement
  • Chemistry credits offered for non-science students do not meet this requirement

Example of acceptable courses:
Chem CHM135H1 (or former 139H1) + CHM136H1  (or former 138H1) + CHM247H at U of Toronto St. George campus

Mathematics
  • Minimum of 1.0 FCE (2 terms/semesters) at the university level
  • At least 0.5 FCE (one term) must be Calculus 
  • You may take 1.0  FCE Calculus or combine 0.5  FCE Calculus with another 0.5 FCE in  another ‘Math’ credit such as Algebra/ Geometry
  • Math courses geared to science programs will meet the requirement. Courses in statistics, financial math, or various math courses specialized for non-science programs do not meet the requirement.
  • Advanced Placement and GCE ‘A’ level Math do not meet this requirement..
  • High school upgrading courses do not meet this requirement

Example of acceptable courses:
MAT135H1MAT136H1 (or former MAT135Y1) at University of Toronto St George campus

Humanities / Social Sciences
  • Language courses are not acceptable in fulfilment of this requirement 
  • Minimum of 1.0 FCE (2 terms/semesters) at the university level
  • Courses can be introductory or advanced level
  • You may combine one term/semester of Humanities with one term/semester of Social Sciences, or two terms/semesters in the same discipline or subject area

A wide range of Humanities and Social Science courses are acceptable - any non-math, non-science related courses, including English Literature/Composition credits but excluding language course. Interdisciplinary courses that are part science/math with Humanities/Social Science will not meet the requirement

Refer to the Handbook for additional details and examples