About the Program

The Master of Clinical Pharmacy (Psychiatry) degree is a training program for pharmacists who are seeking advanced clinical practice skills and experience in the care of people living with mental health conditions.  It is a two-year program (with part-time options available).  The first year involves academic courses followed by advanced clinical practicums in challenging and high-paced environments. The courses can be attended virtually to enable students outside of Saskatoon to attend more easily. Six full-time, in-person clinical rotations are precepted by advanced practitioners in pharmacy. 

This program accepts pharmacists practicing in Canada who have completed a pharmacy practice residency or obtained equivalent clinical practice experience in their employment setting.  In other words, we are recruiting practicing pharmacists who have demonstrated an aptitude for clinical practice.  Graduates of the program will be prepared to undertake independent clinical practice, leadership roles, teaching, and mentoring roles in the profession. This program also has an appealingly low tuition rate of under $8000 CAD per year (for domestic students).

Program Prerequisites

  1. Language proficiency requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  2. Cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  3. Entry-to-Practice pharmacy degree (i.e., 4-year bachelor’s degree OR a Doctor of Pharmacy degree), from a recognized college or university
  4. Active license to practice pharmacy in Saskatchewan
  5. Pharmacy practice residency certificate and/or evidence of an established clinical practice
  6. An interview may be required

Program at a Glance

MCP Calendar - Psychiatry Stream


Reasons to Complete the Program

Specialized Training: The program offers focused training in psychiatric pharmacy, providing students with specialized knowledge, skills, and experience tailored to the care of individuals with mental health conditions. This specialized expertise can enhance career prospects and opportunities for advancement in the field.

Advanced Clinical Practice Skills: Participants gain advanced clinical practice skills through academic coursework and intensive clinical practicums in challenging and high-paced environments. This hands-on experience allows students to develop confidence and proficiency in managing complex psychiatric patients.

Career Advancement: Graduates of the program are equipped to undertake independent clinical practice, leadership roles, teaching, and mentoring positions within the pharmacy profession. The advanced training and skills acquired through the program can open doors to new career opportunities and professional growth.

Professional Recognition: Completing a specialized master's program in clinical pharmacy, particularly in psychiatry, can enhance a pharmacist's professional reputation and credibility within the healthcare community. It may also increase opportunities for collaboration with other healthcare providers and organizations specializing in mental health care.


Katelyn Halpape
Associate Professor and MCP Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Psychiatry),
Dube Centre for Mental Health

Phone: 306-966-2814
Email: katelyn.halpape@usask.ca

David Blackburn
Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs

Phone: 306-966-2081
Email: d.blackburn@usask.ca

Academic Advising