Earn your MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Pursue your research in a collaborative and inspiring environment centered in the heart of Canada’s innovation and health research ecosystem.

MSc students at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy have the opportunity to explore a diverse research landscape spanning biomolecular, clinical, and social sciences, encompassing all aspects of drug therapy.

Our flexible program lets graduate students take the lead on completing their degree, with options to complete the program full-time (within 3 years) or part-time (within 6 years) with a variety of combined honours, including our Hospital Pharmacy Residency/MSc combined program, as well as a number of collaborative specializations.


Degree Deadlines and Time Limits

 Students must submit an annual request for program extension beyond this time limit.
Degree Type MSc-PhD Transfer Examination Typical Program Length
MSc (full-time) 15-18 months 2 years 
MSc (part-time) 24 months  4 years


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences must have:

  • A completed four-year BSc or BA degree in Natural/Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, or Health Profession such as Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy from a recognized University.
  • A minimum B (75%) average, or its equivalent, in each of the last two years of full-time study in a completed four-year undergraduate program.
  • Secured a potential supervisor within the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The supervisor must hold a Graduate Appointment at the Faculty as well as at the School of Graduate Studies.


  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee considers the applicant's background and accomplishments, academic standing, and financial support from the potential supervisor.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:
    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)
    • internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.
  • If the undergraduate degree was not obtained from a recognized Canadian or US university, the applicant must write and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test).

International Student?

Learn more about admission requirements for international students here

Hospital Pharmacy Residency/MSc Combined Program

Students accepted into an accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program may register simultaneously with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) as an MSc student. During the period of residency in the hospital, students will register in the part-time program for the first year of the MSc. With approval from the MSc supervisor and the Hospital Residency Director, students can choose to register full-time in the second year of the program or continue with part-time registration until the completion of their MSc requirements. The full-time and part-time requirements of the Hospital Pharmacy Residency/MSc Combined Program are the same as the MSc program requirements.

In addition to the Hospital Pharmacy Residency/MSc Combined program, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy offers a variety of programs for practicing pharmacists.

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How to apply
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Awards & Financial Assistance
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