Admissions Information

Pharmacy has grown more complex in recent years, and the scope of practice for pharmacists has expanded. We have developed our Entry-to-Practice PharmD program to address this complexity. Below are the background courses that will optimally prepare you for this program at UBC.

This information pertains to the Winter 2020/21 admission cycle.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (E2P PharmD) four-year program, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and:

  • have completed 60 credits of transferable post-secondary coursework;
  • have completed all prerequisite coursework, with the exception of Humanities or Social Sciences and Elective credits, within the last 10 years at an approved college or university;
  • meet a minimum core average of 65%, or 2.50 GPA, calculated on all attempts at first-year prerequisites (Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics [Calculus]) plus English;
    • meet a minimum overall average of 65%, or 2.50 GPA, calculated on the last 30 credits of coursework completed;
    • have completed all prerequisite courses for graded credit; and
    • satisfy the prerequisite coursework:

Prerequisite Coursework1

Applicants who have completed academic requirements at other institutions are encouraged to refer to the course descriptions below to determine if the courses they have taken, or are planning to take, are suitable to satisfy the prerequisites. Prerequisite coursework must be taken for graded credit and transferable to UBC. Due to the complexity of transfer credit evaluations, we are unable to provide a listing of acceptable courses, or provide pre-admission evaluations. Applicants will receive a formal evaluation of their academic qualifications after submitting an application for admission. The course descriptions in the table should be treated as a guideline, and not a definitive or a fully comprehensive description of the courses that would satisfy the prerequisites. The Faculty reserves the right to refuse admission if it is determined that the prerequisites have not been met.

The UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool may be a helpful resource to learn how UBC recognizes external post-secondary courses.


Two semesters of first-year biology with labs. Must serve as prerequisites for further studies in biology/biological sciences. Human anatomy and physiology courses and general biology courses intended for non-science majors cannot be used to satisfy this prerequisite.


UBC Vancouver: BIOL 112 (recommended) or MICB 2012, plus BIOL 121 & BIOL 140
UBC Okanagan:
BIOL 116 and BIOL 125


Two semesters of first-year chemistry with labs. General or introductory chemistry. Must serve as prerequisites for further studies in chemistry.


UBC Vancouver: CHEM 121 or 111, plus CHEM 1233
UBC Okanagan: CHEM 121 or 111, plus CHEM 1233


One semester of first-year English writing or composition (for which UBC awards first-year English transfer credit), plus one semester of English at any year level (for which UBC awards English transfer credit). Technical writing, report writing, business writing, communications, creative writing, cultural studies, film/theatre/television studies, writing courses for university preparation and essay-heavy courses in another discipline are usually not accepted. UBC's English Language Admission Standard is a separate requirement.


UBC Vancouver: One of ENGL 112 or SCIE 113 or WRDS/ASTU 150 or WRDS 350, plus 3-credits of ENGL at any year level.
UBC Okanagan: One of ENGL 112, plus 3-credits of ENGL at any year level.


Two semesters of first-year calculus (differential & integral). Traditional first-year courses covering differential and integral calculus. Coursework should serve as prerequisites for further studies in calculus. Linear algebra and pre-calculus courses do not satisfy this prerequisite.


UBC Vancouver: MATH 102 (recommended) or one of MATH 100, 104, 110, 120, 180 or 184, plus MATH 103 (recommended) or one of MATH 101, 105 or 121
UBC Okanagan: MATH 100 (recommended) or MATH 116, plus MATH 101 (recommended) or MATH 142

Cell Biology

One semester of second-year cell biology (preferred) or genetics. First-year cell biology courses generally will not satisfy this prerequisite. Cell biology must be at least at a second-year level.


UBC Vancouver: BIOL 200
UBC Okanagan:
BIOL 200


One semester of second-year introductory biochemistry. Coursework should include the study of biological molecules, protein structure and enzyme action, energy transfer, and metabolism.


UBC Vancouver: BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 or BIOC 203
UBC Okanagan: BIOL 311 or BIOC 304

Organic Chemistry

Two semesters of second-year organic chemistry with labs. Less than two semesters of organic chemistry will be acceptable if the coursework receives transfer credit for UBC’s CHEM 203, or CHEM 233 & CHEM 235.


UBC Vancouver: CHEM 203, or CHEM 233 & CHEM 235
UBC Okanagan:
CHEM 203 & 204 or CHEM 213 & 214


One semester of second-year microbiology. Acceptable microbiology courses are typically offered at a second-year level, but higher-level courses may be accepted. Microbiology courses vary greatly in content, however coursework should include study of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms, and immunology.


UBC Vancouver: MICB 202
UBC Okanagan: BIOL 228


One semester of introductory statistics. Introductory statistics courses designed for other disciplines (i.e. social sciences, commerce, life sciences) may be accepted.


UBC Vancouver: STAT 200 or STAT 203 or BIOL 300
UBC Okanagan:
BIOL 202 or STAT 230

Humanities or Social Sciences4, 5

Two semesters of humanities or social sciences. Acceptable coursework must be awarded UBC transfer credit for humanities or social sciences subjects to be considered as such. The following are examples of subject areas that are acceptable under this category: Anthropology, Archaeology, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies (i.e. African Studies, Asian/East Asian studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Near Eastern Studies), Economics, Film Studies, First Nations Studies and Languages, Geography, History, Languages (foreign languages that are taken for undergraduate credit), Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Some subject areas that are not accepted include, but not limited to: Music performance, Visual Arts/Design, Theatre/Technical Theatre/Drama/Film Production, Dance.


Sufficient credits to bring total to at least 60 once transferred to UBC.

1 Acceptable in lieu of first-year requirements is the UBC Science One Program (plus 6 credits of first-year English and BIOL 140). There may be additional alternate courses that satisfy the requirements listed in this table. Consult the Science Credit Exclusion List for more information.

2 BIOL 112, if taken, will be calculated in the first-year core average. MICB 201 is not equivalent to BIOL 112 and will not be calculated in the first-year core average (and should not be taken for this purpose). MICB 201, if taken within the last 30 credits, will be included in that GPA calculation.

3 CHEM 113, if taken, will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 123.

4 ENGL courses used to satisfy the first-year English requirement cannot count toward satisfying the humanities or social sciences requirement.

5 Humanities/social science and elective courses completed outside the 10-year timeframe will be considered.

Other notes:

  • Only transferable undergraduate coursework will be considered. Graduate coursework and pharmacy technician diplomas will not count towards the admission prerequisites.
  • IB, AP, or A-level subjects that are eligible for UBC transfer credit may be used to satisfy admission prerequisites. For more information about UBC’s policy on first year credit, please visit:
  • If you have further questions pertaining to specific coursework that is not addressed on this page, you may contact the Office of Student Services by emailing Your inquiry should include the institution's name, course code (i.e. ENGL 100), and year that courses were completed. In some cases, course outlines may be requested.

Applicant Groups

BC Residents
Preference is given to qualified applicants who are residents of British Columbia. For the purpose of applying to the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program, applicants are considered BC residents if they hold a currently valid BC Services Card by the document deadline. Residents will be required to show proof in the form of a valid BC Services Card. Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are treated as BC residents and will be required to provide equivalent documentation. More information on providing proof can be found on the Application Timeline page.

Indigenous Applicants
The Program welcomes applications from qualified, self-identified, Canadian Indigenous people. Indigenous applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are invited for an interview.

Applicants from Underrepresented Areas of BC
In an effort to serve the health care needs of British Columbians who reside in underserved communities, the Program gives special consideration to applicants who come from communities outside of the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. The Program invites all applicants from underrepresented areas of British Columbia meeting a minimum threshold of 70% or equivalent on their combined admission average for an interview.

Out of Province Applicants
Given the prioritization of BC residents, a small number of out of province applicants are offered admission interviews. Fifteen percent (15%) of interview spots are offered to the most academically competitive out of province applicants.

Selection Criteria

In an effort to select well-rounded, mature, and motivated individuals, the admissions committee embraces a broad-based admissions philosophy where a combination of academic and non-academic criteria are considered. The number of applications to the Program well-exceeds the quota of 224 spots, making admission highly competitive. Applicants should be aware that satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission.

The admissions committee first considers an applicant’s academic qualifications by considering two admission averages: a core average, and an overall average of the most recent 30 credits (or equivalent) of completed coursework. The most academically qualified applicants are then invited to participate in the interview process where they have the opportunity to demonstrate their qualitative traits and suitability for the program. The final admission decision is based solely on the qualitative criteria and admission averages are not carried over to the final ranking. Admission averages are checked again before final offers are made to the program to confirm that all prerequisites are satisfied.

Admission averages

  • Core average – An overall average of all attempts at first-year prerequisites (Biology, Chemistry, Math [Calculus]), and English.
  • 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:

  • Both admission averages are considered equally.
  • The stated averages are the bare minimum requirements for admission consideration. Given the competitiveness of the program, applicants can expect to present higher admission averages in order to be invited for an interview. See FAQs page.
  • Only graded transferable undergraduate coursework can be included in admission averages. Grades from graduate coursework, diplomas, or coursework that is not transferable to UBC will not be included in the evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Only coursework completed within the last 10 years of the start date can be included (i.e. if applying to the Winter 2020/21 intake, only coursework taken from September 2010 is eligible to be included in the admission averages)
  • Grades for coursework that falls within both categories will be included in both averages.

Multiple Mini Interviews
In addition to a strong academic background, the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program seeks applicants who possess non-academic traits that are suitable for the practice of pharmacy. Selected applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate these traits by participating in the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviews are held in person in Vancouver, British Columbia, and alternate interview dates cannot be accommodated if a candidate is not available.

The interview dates for 2020 are:

  • Saturday, May 2, 2020
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020

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