Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program
The College of Pharmacy is transitioning from a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) made the decision to cease accrediting B.Sc. (Pharmacy) programs in Canada by December 31, 2020. The College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba is required to comply with the CCAPP accreditation standards and implement a PharmD program to replace the current B.Sc. (Pharmacy) program before this deadline.

The new curriculum will expand the breadth and depth in clinical and advanced therapeutics, scientific literature evaluation, pharmacogenetics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, patient care-related practice skills laboratories, simulation training and Indigenous health. The experiential learning components of the program will increase to 1600 hours (40 weeks) from 640 hours in the B.Sc. (Pharmacy) program.

Admission for Fall 2020

Intake into the PharmD program using the new admission criteria (see below) will take place for the fall of 2020. The prerequisite credit hours for applying will increase to 60 credit hours (minimum 2 years) and the PharmD program will be 4 years in length (2+4 years).


There are two important implications to students:

  1. Students will be required to complete two years of pre-requisite courses, followed by 4 years in the PharmD program for a total of 6 years (2+4 years). 
  2. The 2019-20 PharmD program includes a program tuition rate of $15,500, a Clinical fee of $3,600 and other compulsory university fees set by the Registrar’s Office. As fees may vary from year to year, please check the websites below where updated fees are posted for each academic year.

PharmD Admissions Criteria for Fall 2020 


All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as listed in the table below (core courses and electives) with no grade less than a “C” by April of the year of application,
  2. Complete a minimum of 2 Regular Fall/Winter sessions (Sept-April) where each Regular Fall/Winter session contains a minimum of 24 new credit hours of university level degree- credit courses, with no grade less than a “C”,
  3. Achieve an AGPA of 3.50 or higher, 
  4. Achieve the minimum required essay score in the written critical skills essay, 
  5. Achieve the minimum required Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®) score.

Applicants who have completed some of their core courses through an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) program must still complete two regular sessions (Sept-April) where each session contains a minimum of 24 new credit hours of university level degree-credit courses.
No credit will be given for any course which was completed more than 10 years before the year of application.  For the first intake of 2020 this means any course taken before Sept 2010 will not be used.

*Acceptable subject fields can be found here:

Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA)

The Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) will be calculated as follows:
(0.55 x Core GPA)   PLUS   (0.45 x Elective GPA)  = AGPA


The Core GPA represents the average grade for the 12 required core courses (36 credit hours). 

  • For a maximum of two repeated three credit hour core courses the higher grade(s) obtained will be used. 
  • If more than two core courses are repeated, the two repeated course grades chosen will be the ones giving the applicant the greatest advantage. 
  • In all other cases of repeated attempts of core courses, the grade obtained on the initial attempt will be used.

The Elective GPA represents the average grade for all other courses (i.e. all courses except the core courses) completed at the university level in the past 10 years including the original grades of repeated courses.  

Written Critical Skills Essay

The written critical skills essay must be completed by all applicants. The Admissions Committee establishes the minimum essay score required for an applicant to be eligible for admission each year, based on that year’s applicant pool. Only the students who meet the minimum essay score will be ranked for admission. Essay scores are only valid for the application year in which they are written.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT ®)

Information regarding the PCAT® should be accessed at:

The PCAT® must be completed by January 17, 2020. Your score must be released to the University of Manitoba by March 15, 2020 or your application will be withdrawn by the Admissions Office.

If multiple test scores are received, the best single overall PCAT® attempt obtained from the official submitted score reports within the last three years (until mid-January),  will be used to calculate the overall score for admission. The Admissions Committee establishes the minimum PCAT® score each application year. The minimum required score may fluctuate from year to year based on the applicant pool.   

All applicants are ranked for selection using an overall score according to the following criteria (subject to eligibility provisions):

  1. Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA)  60%
  2. A written critical skills essay    10%
  3. PCAT®      30%