Pharmacology and Toxicology

Graduate: 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 and follow up with your referees well in advance to ensure that the references have been submitted. 

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

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

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 (or send via email or regular mail). Submission of the Curriculum Vitae is optional, but highly recommended.

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