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About Pharmacology at University of Alberta

The Department of Pharmacology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology.

Our graduate programs offer opportunities to investigate the molecular and biological processes that regulate cellular and organ functions and the mechanisms underlying diseases and drugs in the cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and neuroscience areas.

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The Department of Pharmacology offers financial support to students in the form of graduate research assistantships, scholarships and awards. The Department may contribute to payment of tuition.

Entry requirements

Students are accepted into the graduate program with degrees in the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacy, neuroscience, medicine, and dentistry. The program is of particular interest to students with background in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and neuroscience.

For the MSc program, the Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last *60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

For the PhD program, the Department's minimum admission requirements are an MSc degree in pharmacology or a companion discipline with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last *60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework

Students can be directly admitted to the PhD program without a master's degree if, in addition to the minimum admission requirements, they possess exceptional qualifications in pharmacology or a related discipline at the undergraduate level, as demonstrated by GPA, awards, publications and/or strong letters of references.

Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement). Any one of the following is acceptable:

  • TOEFL with a minimum total score of 95 (Internet-based) with at least 23 on each of the speaking and writing skill areas;
  • IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6 on each band.

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