Admissions Process

Phase 1: Academics

Admission to the program is not direct entry from high school -- and it is competitive. Applicants must complete 10 specific courses (30 credit hours) prior to being eligible for admission. The average of the 10 courses and the cumulative average determines each applicant's Academic Score. 

The Academic Score is very important. It determines whether or not one advances to phase 2- the Interview. The Academic Score is calculated as
the prerequisite average + cumulative average (taken as of the end of the fall semester the year before you apply) divided by 2. (To calculate your own Academic Score, click on the above link).

Academic scores are ranked from highest to lowest in each applicant pool:

Applicants with an Academic Score of less than 70% are not eligible to advance to the interview stage.

Phase 2: Face to Face Interview 

Those with the highest Academic Scores in each pool advance to phase 2 - the interview stage. The interview consists of an oral and written component with both having behavioral type questions. Behavioral type interview questions ask candidates to talk about an experience from their past. For example, tell us about a time when you had to solve a challenging problem.

The oral component is a face-to-face interview with a panel of three people including faculty members and at least one practicing pharmacist. The written component consists of multiple choice questions and possibly a short essay question.

Interview responses are scored resulting in an Interview Score.  

Offers of Admission
An Admission Score is then calculated for each applicant as follows:
Academic Score = 65% + Interview Score = 35%.

Admission scores for candidates are ranked highest to lowest in each pool of applicants. Normally, 35 seats are offered to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and the remaining five to out of province applicants. Within the 35 seats, one seat is reserved for an eligible applicant of Aboriginal ancestry from Newfoundland & Labrador.  

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page offers a wealth of information.

If you have questions, please contact us at or (709)777-3981.


School of Pharmacy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000