Admission to Graduate Pharmacology Programs

The Pharmacology graduate program receives a large number of applications for admission. This means that we are forced to be very selective in accepting students into our programs. In addition, available positions in thesis-based graduate programs can be limited by grant funding, laboratory space, or other factors. 

We do not confirm the receipt of applications. If you wish to know whether an item was received, please log into the application portal to view. You are responsible for ensuring that you have read and understood the application requirements, and that you have submitted all the necessary components of your application package prior to the applicable deadline. There will be no exceptions. Only complete applications where application fees have been paid will be reviewed.


Application Deadlines

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2019 admissions cycle. Please note that payment of your online application fee is due one month before your final application deadline (when all supporting documents must be received), which may depend on your citizenship and/or program of study. Application fees are non-refundable, and admission deferrals are not permitted.  

For International Applicants outside of Canada:

Your complete application must be submitted by February 1, 2019 for thesis-based programs or January 15, 2019 for Applied Clinical Pharmacology. Application fees must be paid by January 15, 2019.  No late applications will be considered.

International applicants who are studying outside of Canada or the US whose studies are still in progress at the time of their application will not be considered. Please do not apply if you have not completed your degree.  

For Domestic Applicants (Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents):

Domestic applicants of the Applied Clinical Pharmacology (ACP) program must submit their complete applications by May 15, 2019. This deadline also applies to international applicants who are studying in Canada or the US.

For domestic applicants of research-based programs at the masters and doctoral levels, your complete application is due by June 1, 2019. This deadline also applies to international applicants who are studying in Canada or the US.

Application fees for domestic applicants to any program must be paid by May 15, 2019.

PhD Applicants who wish to be considered for entry in January 2019 may make arrangements with submitting an application by contacting the Graduate Coordinator (Deadline November 15, 2018).


Admission Requirements - Domestic Applicants

Determining Your Eligibility

Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies in addition to the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology's additional admission requirements, as stated below.

In preparation, applicants are normally required to have taken courses in physiology, biochemistry, or allied sciences sufficient to form a foundation for their work in pharmacology. Admission will be based on the complete application package as well as an admission interview.

If your degree was obtained outside Canada, please consult the section Visa Applicants.

M.Sc. Programs

Applicants to the thesis- and/or course-based M.Sc. programs must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a minimum final year average of a B+ or its equivalent, based on a full year of senior-level courses.

Ph.D. Program

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold an appropriate Master's degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized university, with an average of at least B+ in their graduate degree courses. 

All students, once enrolled, will have their research ability and potential for their particular program of study reviewed after completion of one year.  In the case of Ph.D. students, the review will also include a recommendation from the Supervisory Committee to the Graduate Education Committee (GEC).

B.Sc. Entry into the Ph.D. Program (direct-entry)

Highly-qualified applicants may apply directly to the Ph.D. program provided that they hold an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized university, with a final year average of at least an A- (80%-84%), based on a full year of relevant senior-level courses, where at least 80% of the course load is composed of 3rd- or 4th-year level courses, and have demonstrated strong research potential. 

For detailed information regarding the School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements see Admission Requirements on the School of Graduate Studies webpage.


Admission Requirements - International Applicants

International applicants are eligible to apply after their degree has been conferred, unless they are in the process of completing degrees at institutions in Canada or the US.

Exceptional international applicants to the thesis-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs will be considered for nomination for the Connaught Scholarship.

See "What Happens After My Application is Received?"


These requirements apply to all applicants who obtained their degrees outside of Canada, regardless of their citizenship.

Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, all applicants must satisfy the graduate unit’s additional admission requirements stated below.

In preparation, applicants are normally required to have taken courses in physiology, biochemistry, or allied sciences sufficient to form a foundation for their work in pharmacology. Admission will be based on the complete application package as well as an admission interview whenever possible.

M.Sc. Programs:

Applicants to the Master's level programs must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university; with a final year average of at least a B+ (or its equivalent), based on a full year of senior level courses.  

Ph.D. Program: 

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold an appropriate Master's degree from a recognized university, with an average of at least B+ (or its equivalent) in their Master’s degree courses.  See Determine Your Eligibility below.

B.Sc. Entry into the Ph.D. Program (Direct-Entry):

Pharmacology will consider offering admission to highly qualified students holding an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a final year average of at least an A- (or its equivalent) based on a full year of senior-level studies and demonstrated research potential.


To assist you in determining your eligibility, qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar Admission Requirements "INTERNATIONAL DEGREE EQUIVALENCIES" web page. Normally these are recognized as equivalent to a University of Toronto four-year bachelor's degree if they have been awarded from an institution which is recognized by the School of Graduate Studies. 

The grades shown are equivalent to what is considered a mid-B range at the University of Toronto. Please keep in mind that the admission average for Pharmacology graduate programs is a B+ equivalent (or A- for PhD direct entry).  

An official transcript of your academic record from each university attended is required for admission.  The University of Toronto requires an official transcript from each post-secondary institution that you have attended and you are responsible to arrange for them to be sent by your academic institution directly to the Department. See Apply Now for more information on transcripts.


If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction is not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by completing one of the tests listed on the School of Graduate Studies website given below. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.  

For test scores, see English Language Proficiency Testing.  Test Scores must be less than two years old to be considered valid.

Exemptions: You are not required to complete an English-language facility test if you are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.

If you completed a program of study outside of Canada at a university where the language of instruction and examination has largely been in English, the language requirement may be waived. You must submit an official statement from your academic institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.

The final decision regarding the need for a English-language facility test is at the discretion of the Department. 


There is NO GRE requirement for applicants to the Pharmacology graduate programs who graduated from a non-Canadian university.


All international students require an entry visa and student authorization to study in Canada. This is normally obtained from the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's home country.

Apply Now


The application for graduate study at the University of Toronto is available through an online application system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documents are submitted by the posted deadlines. It is recommended that documentation be submitted weeks in advance of the deadlines to avoid any disappointment. 

We would also recommend that you monitor the status of your documents in the online application portal and request your references well in advance to ensure that the letters of support are submitted on time. 

The online application system allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information as well as upload specific documents (e.g., Proposed List of Supervisors). Applicants can edit an "in-progress" application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and Userid.

A valid email account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will only correspond with applicants via e-mail.

Transcripts submitted should NOT be printouts from your institution's student portal. When uploading your transcript, please ensure that the legend on the back page is included.

Applications will be processed only after all documentation is received by the graduate unit (this includes payment of the application fee; scanned transcripts; 3 letters of reference; and the List of Proposed Supervisors). All documentation must be received at the Graduate Unit by the advertised "Document Deadline" date.  Please read and be familiar with all deadlines which apply to the 2 distinct stages of the application. 

Payment of Application Fee: You are required to pay the online processing fee online via valid credit card. If you are unable to pay online, you must contact the School of Graduate Studies to arrange offline payment. Keep in mind that mailed-in payment must reach the School of Graduate Studies in time for the payment to be processed and posted. We would, therefore, recommend that you contact the School well in advance of the posted deadlines. 

The School of Graduate Studies mailing address is: School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, 63 St George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2Z9; Telephone: 416-978-6614.


Be aware of the two deadline dates for application fee payment and document receipt. 

1. Log in to the online application at the URL provided below.

2. Provide the biographical and education information requested.

3. Submit your payment by the posted Application Deadline. (Online payment is preferred but offline is available - see "Payment of Application Fee" above).

4. Be prepared to submit contact information for three (3) referees. Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by email.  You are also responsible to inform them of your particular reference deadline since the default date is June 1st.  See: References and Transcripts.

All applicants for the Ph.D. degree who have completed a Masters degree MUST include a reference from their M.Sc. program supervisor.

5. Upload your scanned OFFICIAL transcript(s), not student printouts. (Remember to use low resolution (72-75 dpi). You may use an “Issued to Student” transcript but it must be up-to-date and the scanned copy must include the transcript grade "legend” on the reverse of the transcript.
If you have transcripts from multiple institutions, please ensure that they are in chronological order (most recent first) in the scan. Alternatively, in lieu of scanned transcripts, you can arrange for your academic institution to mail us official transcripts.  Applicants studying at UofT are not required to submit official UofT transcripts.  However, a ROSI printout must be uploaded.

Please note that in ALL cases where the Admissions Committee has recommended conditional acceptance, applicants (with the exception of UofT students) are required to arrange for official transcripts to be submitted before all conditions can be said to have been met.  The Department will verify the scanned documents against the official transcript(s) that you submit.  See: References and Transcripts.

6. Upload the “Proposed Supervisor List" (thesis-based stream) and/or "Statement of Interest" (Applied Clinical Pharmacology stream). The on-line system will allow you to upload this document only afteryou have submitted payment. [See below for more information.]

7. Submit Curriculum Vitae as an addendum to your Proposed Supervisor List/Applied Clincal Phamacology Statement. Submission of the Curriculum Vitae is optional, but highly recommended, particularly if you have publications and/or other relevant experience.

CHECK to ensure that you have completed all parts (biography, education, program of study, reference contact and payment) of the online application by the posted dates. 

Please note, Programs of Study in Pharmacology are:

PC  MSC for applicants to the Masters program in the research stream;

PCACPMSC 2 for applicants to the Masters program in the field of Applied Clinical Pharmacology;

PC  PHD for applicants who have completed (or are in the process of completing) a graduate degree (e.g., M.Sc.), and

PC  PHD U (or "PhD Direct Entry") for applicants who have completed (or are completing) an undergraduate degree (e.g., B.Sc., B.A.).


Thesis-Based Stream: Proposed Supervisor List

For the thesis-based stream, pharmacology M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are research degrees that require you work under the close supervision of a thesis research supervisor. Therefore, it is important that you identify your major research interests at an early stage in the application process, to determine whether in fact you are making the right choice in terms of program and research area.

All applicants to the Ph.D. or M.Sc. thesis-based program are required to submit in their application dossier a statement (List of Proposed Supervisors and Research Areas) indicating their proposed area(s) of study, and the names of at least three (3) potential supervisors from the list of potential supervisors on the department's website. The Proposed Area(s) of Study should include a brief paragraph as to why you are interested in each of the faculty members' research.  

You are not required to contact these 3 potential supervisors before submitting their applications, but this is useful for two reasons:

it helps applicants to narrow their choices and identify their specific area(s) of interest, and

it assists the Department in determining the availability of potential supervisors. 

Naming potential supervisors does not disqualify you from approaching other graduate faculty members. In the event that none of the 3 potential supervisors you named are able to accept you into their laboratory, you are free to approach other faculty and be considered by other laboratories. 

To obtain information on all Pharmacology graduate faculty and their areas of research, see Graduate Faculty and Their Research.

Applied Clinical Pharmacology Stream: Statement of Interest

For students enrolling in the Applied Clinical Pharmacology program, a statement of interest is required that briefly outlines  why you are interested in pharmacology and the ACP field of study, your career aspirations, and any relevant background and/or personal qualities that make you a suitable candidate for ACP. This letter will generally be 1-2 pages, and should not exceed 1,000 words.


Late payment of the application fee, or late submission of application documents, will jeopardize your application.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees well in advance of deadlines to ensure that the references have been uploaded.

Feel free to direct any other questions regarding the application process to the Department 

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Room 4207, Medical Sciences Building 
1 King's College Circle 
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8 
Telephone: 416-978-5244

Back to Top