To be considered for admission to the Pharm Sci MSc program, we must receive your completed application by January 15. Read the following carefully to ensure you meet all deadlines and requirements.

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission to the MSc program in Pharm Sci at UBC, be sure to:

  1. Consult the descriptions of the faculty's research areas, and read up about individual researchers to determine if there is a research program in your area of interest. Identify the faculty you wish to work with.
  2. Consult the Minimum Academic Requirements on UBC's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. You'll find a link on the left for both North American and international credentials. International applicants: Use the drop-down menu to select the country where you earned your academic credentials.
  3. If you are an international student, consult the English Proficiency Requirements section on the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
  4. Consult the Application & Admission overview, and apply online on the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Pay the application fee (this requires a credit card). Canadian citizens and permanent residents: $112 CDN. International applicants: $168.25 CDN. Application fees are non-refundable and subject to change. Visit UBC's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information.


You are not required to have secured a supervisor at the time of application. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will make offers to potential candidates after a research supervisor has agreed to accept that candidate into his or her program. Please note that you must also meet the minimum academic requirement and the English language proficiency requirement set by the Faculty. If you have questions about how to apply that we haven't answered through the resources listed here, please direct them to the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs:


You are required to submit an official TOEFL or IELTS exam score if English is not the primary language of instruction at your home university. All students who have attended a post-institution in India must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. UBC Pharm Sci requires a higher minimum TOEFL and IELTS score than the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

100 iBT (minimum score of 22 in all categories) (250 computer-based; 600 paper-based) Use "Institution code 0965 Department code 47" when ordering TOEFL records.


The IELTS minimum requirement is a 7.0 overall band score with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (not general) IELTS test.

GRE is not required.

Note: Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time you submit your application. Electronic submission of the TOEFL and IELTS tests can requested to be sent to universities. Electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC is acceptable. Scanned copies and photocopies of test scores can be used for the initial evaluation but will be considered '"unofficial."

Required Documents

You are required to scan and upload electronic copies (.pdfs) of official required documents (i.e. all transcripts, IELTS or TOEFL scores, letter of intent, and cv) in the application system. These uploaded copies of your official documents will be used for the initial evaluation of the applicant. Please note that they will be considered "unofficial documents." We may offer "Conditional" admission based on documents uploaded to the application system. However, all required official academic records must be received and validated by the University for the admission offer to be finalized. Instructions about the scanned documents required and details of how to submit appropriate scanned copies are included within the online application. All supporting documents must be uploaded by the application deadline. Consult the Application Components and Required Documents page on UBC's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and follow the directions on document submission exactly.

Required documents, in addition to the online application, include:

  • an upload of the official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended;
  • a copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of intent (also identify the faculty you wish to work with and/or the research area of interest); and
  • reference letters from three referees who are familiar with your academic and research work. In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. (Please note that we are unable to accept free email accounts for referees, e.g. Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail etc.) A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document. Alternatively, you may use the reference letter form on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Paper forms must have original signatures in ink. If the reference letter form is used, referees may include an additional letter detailing their comments.

Additional documentation is required for applicants whose degrees are from institutions outside of North America:

  • Note that your transcripts must include each course you took toward your degree, as well as the final grade obtained in that course. For some institutions, this information is included on the marks sheet but not on the transcripts. In this case, you must submit both documents.
  • If your transcripts do not explicitly state the name of your degree and the date it was conferred, you must also submit your degree certificate.
  • If you have graduated from institutions where the transcripts are not issued in English, two sets of all official transcripts issued in their original language and a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service must be sent.
  • You are required to submit an official TOEFL or IELTS exam score. The paper or electronic exam score must be sent directly to the University from the testing centre.

Official transcripts are to be sent to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies directly. Only a complete application with all of the required supporting documentation will be reviewed.

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