Doctor of Pharmacy

The entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is designed to prepare students who are beginning their pharmacy education for careers primarily in community and hospital settings, as well as pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy organizations, and educational environments.

A graduate of the program will be eligible to apply to be licensed as a pharmacist across Canada after successful completion of provincial and national examinations.

Admission requirements

Direct admission from high school to the Pharm.D. program is not available. Offers of admission take into account academic grades and personal and professional characteristics. Assessment of interpersonal characteristics may involve a face to face interview and/or completion of an on-line computer based test. Priority for admission is given to applicants who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. One seat is reserved for an Indigenous student from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

To be eligible for admission to the entry-to-practice Pharm.D. program, you must complete 5 courses per semester in at least two semesters and successfully complete the following 10 prerequisite courses or their equivalent:

  • Biology 1001 and 1002
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (St. John's campus) or Chemistry 1200 and 1001 (Grenfell campus)
  • six credit hours in English or three credit hours in English and three credit hours in a Memorial University critical reading and writing (CRW) course.
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001
  • Physics 1020 or 1050 and Physics 1021 or 1051

Application fee

In addition to the University’s general application fee, Canadian applicants are also required to pay an additional pharmacy application fee of $125 CAD and international applicants $175 CAD.

Sample first year 

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for students planning on applying to the doctor of pharmacy.

Sample Pharm.D. courses

PHAR 2250 - Pharmacy Practice I
PHAR 3410 - Leadership and Health Promotion
PHAR 3270 - Pharmacotherapy I

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Pharm.D. program, pharmacy graduates have many exciting opportunities for beginning their careers, including a variety of practice settings. Some career choices include:

  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Government
  • Pharmacy associations
Program Information

School of Pharmacy


Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



• 1+ year of prerequisite courses + 5 years (final year consists of all practice rotations)


Fall semester only

Application Deadline:

February 1

Supplementary Application:


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