Admission Information

Pharmacy has grown more complex in recent years, and the scope of practice for pharmacists has expanded. The Faculty developed the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program to address this complexity. Below are the prerequisites that will optimally prepare students for this program.

This information pertains to the 2024W admission cycle. Applicants to future cycles are reminded that changes may occur so admissions information for the appropriate cycle should be reviewed prior to launching an application.

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Academic Requirements

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

  • have completed a minimum of 60 credits of transferable undergraduate post-secondary coursework, including the specific prerequisite coursework listed below, for graded credit1;
  • have completed all prerequisite coursework within 10 years of the desired program start date at an approved college or university, with the exception of Humanities or Social Sciences and Elective credits;
  • have completed all prerequisite coursework by the end of the regular academic session prior to your desired program start date. For example, if you are applying to the 2024 Winter Session intake (i.e., September 2024), your prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of Term 2 of the 2023 Winter Session (i.e., by April 2024);
  • in addition to meeting the requirements stated in the UBC Calendar for applicants from a college or university, meet a minimum average of 70%, or a 2.80 GPA calculated on the most recent 30 credits of coursework completed (on interim and final transcripts);
  • have applied by the application deadline of December 1st (information on the PharmD program application fees can be found in the UBC Calendar); and
  • have submitted all required transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the specified deadlines (please note, academic transcripts are not reviewed by the Faculty and should not be sent to the Faculty).

1Prerequisite coursework completed for Credit/Pass during the January-April 2020 term will be accepted.

Other notes:

  • Only transferable undergraduate coursework will be considered. 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 are 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, you may be asked to provide the course syllabi.

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 is considered. The number of applications to the program well exceeds the annual quota of seats available, making admission competitive. Applicants should be aware that satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission.

The most academically qualified applicants are invited to participate in an interview process where they have the opportunity to demonstrate their qualitative traits and suitability for the program. Final admission decisions are primarily based on the interview; however, final admission averages may also be considered where candidates are otherwise equally ranked . Final transcripts are reviewed to confirm that all prerequisites, including the minimum academic average requirement (e.g., 70% on most recent 30 credits), are satisfied. Offers of admission will be revoked if these admission requirements are not satisfied upon receipt of a final transcript.

Acceptance Deposits

A $2,000 non-refundable acceptance deposit is required to hold a seat in the program. This deposit is payable upon accepting an admission offer and will be credited towards PharmD program tuition fees. Acceptance deposits are not transferable to other UBC programs.

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