How to Apply
To be considered for admission to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program, we must receive your completed application by the deadline. Read the following carefully to ensure you meet all deadlines and requirements.
The 2019/20 Winter application is now open.
Step 1: Apply to UBC
Deadline: January 15, 2019
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD program requires a UBC application or Change of Program/Readmission application (for UBC students).
Applicants from outside UBC can access the UBC application online at: https://account.you.ubc.ca/ubc/apply/apply_now.ezc.
Current UBC students can access the Change of Program application online, via the Student Service Centre (SSC): https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/servlets/SRVSSCFramework. The Change of Program form is located under the Registration tab.
Former UBC students can apply online to be readmitted via the Student Service Centre (SSC): https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/servlets/SRVSSCFramework. The Readmission form is located under the Admissions tab.
As a part of the online application, applicants to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program are required to complete a Personal Profile. The Personal Profile is an opportunity for you to tell us more about your experiences and achievements that are not shown through your academic transcript. Applicants are required to provide the contact information for two referees. Referees are individuals who can verify the information you provided on your application. Referees will not be asked to provide reference letters. Please do not submit reference letters.
Step 2: Academic Transcripts
Deadline: January 15, 2019 (or otherwise communicated by the Undergraduate Admissions Office)
After submitting your UBC application, your application will be checked by a member of the Undergraduate Admissions team. This process may take some time, but once that process is completed, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your academic transcripts and other required documents. Please refer to this email for your transcript deadlines. For the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program, you are required to submit:
- Current official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, or are currently attending. If you are enrolled as a student by the time you submit your application, you will need to submit a transcript that includes final grades for coursework completed up to December 2018.
- Additional required transcripts or test scores, as requested by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Note: UBC and UBC Okanagan students do not need to submit UBC transcripts.
All transcripts must be submitted to:
The University of British Columbia
Undergraduate Admissions Office
2016-1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Any questions concerning transcripts should be directed to (604) 822-3014, or toll free within Canada at 1-877-272-1422. Please do not send transcripts to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Step 3: Evaluation
Your application will be evaluated after all required documents are received. Admission evaluators will review your academic qualifications to determine if you meet the minimum admission requirements of the program, and will determine your admission averages. Two averages are calculated:
- Core average – An overall average of all attempts at first-year prerequisites (English, Biology, Chemistry, Math [Calculus]).
- Last 30-credit Average – An overall average of the most recently completed 30 credits of coursework (equivalent to one full year), regardless of subject area or year level.
Notes on admission averages:
- Only graded transferable undergraduate coursework can be included in admission averages.
- In-progress grades are not included in admission averages (i.e. grades for coursework taken in the current January-April term after the application deadline), but are reviewed once completed to ensure that conditions of applicable admission offers are met.
- Admission averages do not include IB, AP, or A-Level exam grades.
- Admission averages do not include courses that were formally withdrawn (W) with no academic penalty.
- Grades from graduate coursework, diplomas, or coursework that is not transferable to UBC will not be included in the evaluation.
- Only coursework completed within the last 10 years of the start date can be included.
- Grades for coursework that falls within both categories will be included in both averages.
Please recognize that the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program receives many more qualified applicants than the available number of spots. Applicants should be aware that satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission. Applicants can expect to present much higher admission averages to be competitive in the admission process.
Step 4: Interviews
Interviews follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format, where each applicant rotates through a number of different interview stations. Interviews are held in person in Vancouver, British Columbia, and alternate interview dates cannot be accommodated if a candidate is not available.
Interviews for selected Winter 2019/20 applicants will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Admission Offers and Acceptance Deposits
UBC will extend offers of admission to approximately 224 well-qualified students who demonstrate the academic potential and motivation to become caring and competent pharmacists.
Most admission decisions are made by early June of each application cycle. Successful candidates given a deadline to respond to their admission offers. Acceptance deadlines cannot be extended. Admission offers cannot be deferred.
Final transcripts including outstanding grades for recently completed coursework are to be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by May 15, 2019. Admission offers are subject to confirmation by the Undergraduate Admissions Office that all final transcripts have been received, and the entrance requirements have been met. Offers may be revoked if these requirements have not been met.
A $2000 non-refundable acceptance deposit fee is required to hold a spot in the program. This deposit is payable upon accepting an admission offer. Acceptance deposits will not be partially or fully refunded if a candidate changes their decision after accepting an offer.
It is mandatory for all newly admitted students to register with the College of Pharmacists of BC, and to be in compliance with current immunization requirements. More information can be found here.