Pharmaceutical Sciences

Program Overview

Pharmaceutical Sciences encompass all aspects of the delivery, development, administration, and utilization of therapeutic drugs. The programs provide a stimulating and productive environment for graduate education and research for students with degrees in physical, biological, and social sciences. Research-intensive programs of study are offered in a wide range of areas leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Graduate students may also participate in a wide variety of collaborative specializations offered at the University of Toronto and/or internships which provide the opportunity to gain experience in a pharmaceutical or biotech company or in global health placements around the world.

 


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MSc, PhD:

15-Jan-2020

MSc, PhD:

15-Jan-2020

Supporting documents deadline MSc, PhD:

30-Jan-2020

MSc, PhD:

30-Jan-2020

Minimum admission average MSc:

mid-B average in each of the last two years of undergraduate study

PhD:

overall B+ average

MSc:

mid-B average in each of the last two years of undergraduate study

PhD:

overall B+ average

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes

PhD:
Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MSc, PhD:

Before

MSc, PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MSc, PhD:

Applicant

MSc, PhD:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) MSc:

6 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry

MSc:

6 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry


Master of Science​

Program Description

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy offers students in the physical, biological, clinical, and social sciences a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to the MSc degree. The result is an educational program that encourages multidisciplinary approaches to problems and collaboration between students and faculty members. Graduate students participating in this process are immersed in a challenging program that equips them with new ways of thinking and provides them with multiple tools to approach problems.

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. All admission and program requirements are the same for the full-time and part-time options. A limited number of students will be admitted to the part-time option.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least a mid-B average in each of the last two years of undergraduate study.

  • 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).

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory committee, with the approval of the graduate director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • One poster presentation given to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP).

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance at a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars as well as student group seminars for two years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • An oral presentation of the student's own research work is given in the student seminar series after the first 12 months of registration in the program.

  • Final seminar to be given during the thesis defence.

  • A thesis based on an approved research problem in an area of pharmaceutical sciences.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)**;
14 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

**Applicants may apply to the Fall or Winter session only.



​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to the PhD degree. Students in the program are immersed in pharmaceutical sciences, working and collaborating with world-renowned researchers while gaining profound depth and experience in their area of study.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an appropriate bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum overall B+ average.

  • 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 the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, as well as with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) within the first three years of registration.

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 24 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students entering the program with an MSc degree must complete one poster presentation.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance at a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars as well as student group seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • In the student seminar series, students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Students who have a high academic standing and a clearly demonstrated ability to do research at the doctoral level may be eligible to transfer to the PhD program after one year in the MSc program. The student must have completed at least 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) with an average grade of A- during Year 1 of the master's program, and must have financial support.

  • A transfer from the MSc program to the PhD program occurs normally within 15 to 18 months of the student's first registration in the MSc program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • Successful completion of the MSc to PhD transfer examination.

  • The transferred student must complete all remaining course requirements of the MSc program, except the thesis, in addition to the requirements of the PhD program. Credit is given in the doctoral program for research and graduate courses completed prior to the transfer.​

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete two poster presentations, one of which may be a peer-reviewed conference.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance at a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars as well as student group seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • In the student seminar series, students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Under exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted directly to the PhD program with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum A- (80%) average, or its equivalent, in senior-level courses.

  • 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 the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, as well as with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 24 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete two poster presentations, one of which may be a peer-reviewed conference.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance at a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars as well as student group seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • In the student seminar series, students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

The department offers a flexible-time PhD program option for selected students. This program benefits professionals with career obligations and whose employment is closely related to their intended area of research. Applicants must meet all the admission requirements for entry to the full-time PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program requirements for the flexible-time PhD option are identical to those for the full-time PhD program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum overall B+ average.

  • 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 the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

  • A letter of support from the employer.

  • The departmental admissions committee reviews the applications; admission is highly selective with preference given to applicants who ​​​​are members in good standing of a regulated profession or scientific society.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 32 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete one poster presentation.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance at a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars as well as student group seminars in each academic year for four years. Students whose current professional background is such that they would be deemed to have fulfilled a significant portion of the requirements contained in the department seminar series may be eligible for a reduction of four seminars upon consultation with the Director.

  • In the student seminar series, students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must ensure that they have adequate time on campus to attend classes and to fulfil the academic requirements.

  • Full-time registration is required for the first four years and thereafter, students may register part-time.

Program Length

8 years

Time Limit

8 years



Master of Science​ in Pharmacy

This program will start on January 1, 2020.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Pharmacy (MScPhm) program is designed to train future academic clinical pharmacist leaders. As members of patient care teams and as pharmacy practice researchers, graduates of the MScPhm program will influence the provision of pharmaceutical care at the patient and population level. As teachers, they will shape the development of current and future pharmacists.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have status as a pharmacist, based on one of the following:

    • a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or a PharmD degree, or equivalent, from a Canadian pharmacy program accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharamcy Programs (CCAPP) or an American pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE); or

    • a license to practise pharmacy (any Canadian jurisdiction); or

    • a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or a PharmD degree, or equivalent, from any international pharmacy school and successful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exam.

  • Applicants with pharmacy practice experience, including completion of a Year 1 Pharmacy residency program, are preferred. Applicants must also have an equivalent of a University of Toronto B+ (77 to 79%) in the last two years of study and have identified a primary graduate supervisor for the program.

Program Requirements

  • Each student's program will be tailored to suit the student's background and interests and will be planned in consultation with the supervisor and graduate advisory committee, with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 9.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including a clinical practicum (3.0 FCEs) and a research project (3.0 FCEs).

  • Graduate advisory committee meetings will be held at minimum once each year.

  • One poster presentation given to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students will attend GRIP yearly.

  • Regular attendance at the graduate departmental and student group seminars for two years.

  • An oral presentation of the completed research work will be submitted and assessed at an oral examination.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)**

Time Limit

3 years full-time

**Applicants may apply to the Fall session only.



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