Academic Requirements

The following admission requirements must be met in order to apply to the MD program. Please note that meeting the requirements outlined below does not guarantee admission.


Citizenship

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified individuals who:

  1. Are permanent residents of Canada, either as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Meet the eligibility criteria.
  3. Believe they would be competitive in the selection criteria.

We regret that we are unable to admit international students.

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Please refer to the following academic requirements which include Education, GPA and MCAT. No preference is given to any specific degree program.  There are no prerequisite course requirements; however applicants must have written the MCAT exam.


Education

  • All applicants to the MD program must be registered in or have completed a degree program.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to our program is the successful completion of at least two (2) full years of transferable post-secondary work (60 units of course weight - 10 full-course equivalents). Of this, 30 units of course weight - five full-course equivalents - must be taken during one academic year. An academic year is September 1 to April 30 inclusive. 
  • One academic year (fall/winter terms) must contain 30 units of course weight (ucw). The purpose behind the requirement of 30 ucw in one academic year is to assess whether students will be able to handle the course load when registered in the Medicine program.
  • In most University of Alberta programs where students complete the pre-professional study, a 30-ucw year typically includes five 3-credit courses per fall and winter term. Courses from other institutions are converted to the University of Alberta ucw. Labs that are taken as part of a co-requisite lecture and are reported as separate courses on other institutions' transcripts will not be included in the total course weight. At the U of A, a course with a lab component is reported together with the lecture in the 3 or 6 ucw.
  • Courses taken during the spring and summer sessions are not included in the cumulative GPA calculation.
  • IB/AP credit received are not included in the units of course weight or in the cumulative GPA calculation.

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GPA

  • The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for applicants with four or more years of post-secondary transferable course work is 3.3 for Alberta residents and 3.5 for non-Alberta residents on the University of Alberta 4.0 scale.
  • The minimum cumulative GPA for two- and three-year applicants is 3.7.
  • The number of years completed is determined by how many years you will have completed by April 30th of the year following the submission of your application.
  • The cumulative admissions academic average is composed of all transferable post-secondary study done during a regular academic year (i.e. fall and winter terms) while registered as a full-time student (at least 18 units of course weight per academic year).
  • For applicants who have completed four or more full-time years of post-secondary transferable course work, the admissions cumulative GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest-year GPA, provided it is not the most recent completed year, nor the one and only year where 30 transferable units of course weight (five full-course equivalents) have been completed.
  • Courses taken during spring and summer sessions are not included in the cumulative GPA calculation.
  • IB/AP credit received is not included in the units of course weight or in the cumulative GPA calculation.
  • Meeting the minimum cumulative GPA does not guarantee admission to medical school.  Be sure that courses taken will satisfy your undergraduate program.  We encourage having an alternative career in mind, as the number of well-qualified applicants for medical school is far greater than the number of spaces available.  

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Post-Secondary Education Completed Outside of Canada

  • Official transcripts showing courses and marks/grades, and degree certificates showing completion of programs must be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar's Office at the University of Alberta.  WES evaluations are not accepted.
  • Further information regarding the number of lecture hours or number of credits, and the start and end dates of courses taken may be required.  Once application is made to the MD program, check your Bear Tracks account regarding further information required.
  • Evaluations will be conducted only when a complete application form is submitted and all transcripts and requested information is received.  

Graduate Students

  • For applicants in a graduate program, you are subject to the same admission requirements as applicants with Bachelor degrees.
  • For applicants who have completed four or more full-time years of post-secondary transferable course work, the admissions cumulative GPA is calculated with the deletion of the lowest-year GPA, provided it is not the most recent completed year, nor the one and only year where 30 transferable units of course weight (five full-course equivalents) have been completed.
  • Courses taken during the graduate program are only used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA if the unit of course weight during an academic year is 18 units of course weight or higher.
  • Applicants who have obtained a Master's or PhD by thesis may be asked to have their supervisor provide a letter as proof that they successfully defended their thesis.
  • When confirmation of successful completion of a Master's degree by thesis or PhD by thesis is received in our office prior to the June 15 deadline, additional points may be allocated to the application as follows:
    • Master's – 1 point
    • PhD – 3 points

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Transcripts

We require an official copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including current year registration (Fall and Winter terms). Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the Office of the Registrar of the home school to the Registrar's Office, University of Alberta (**see note below). Photocopies or hand delivery from the applicant will not be accepted even if provided in a sealed envelope.

Any questions regarding reception of transcripts should be forwarded to the Registrar's Office at 780-492-3113 or check your BearTracks account under the "To-Do List" section.

Mailing address for the Registrar's Office:

Registrar's Office
201 Administration Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2M7

**Note: University of Alberta students DO NOT need to order transcripts. They are provided for you by the Registrar's Office.

Through ApplyAlberta, the University of Alberta may be able to obtain transcripts from participating Alberta post-secondary institutions on the applicant's behalf. The applicant will need to check Bear Tracks to learn which transcripts will need to be requested.

TRANSCRIPT DEADLINES

  • October 1:
    • All post-secondary transcripts including current year registration indicated (Fall/Winter terms) must be received by the Registrar's Office by October 1.
  • February 1:
    • First term transcript of current year must be received by the Registrar's Office by February 1.
  • June 15:
    • Current-year transcripts must be received by the MD Admissions Office by June 15.
      (1-002 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1)

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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

For the 2016/17 Admissions cycle (September 2017 Admission): The last accepted MCAT2015 test date is August 25, 2016.  MCAT scores from January 2015 or earlier will not be accepted.

  • Deadline for verification of MCAT scores is October 1, 2016
  • Minimum acceptable MCAT2015 scores for AB applicants will be 124 (scoring range 118-132) in each of the 4 categories: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Minimum acceptable MCAT2015 scores for nonAB applicants will be 128 (scoring range 118-132) in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; and 124 (scoring range 118-132) in each of the remaining 3 categories: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • What is on the new MCAT2015 Exam?
    • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section
    • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section
    • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour Section
    • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section

All applicants must write the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Applicants choose their best scores from one exam sitting.  When completing the Secondary Medicine Application, you will be required to enter your AAMC ID number along with your MCAT scores.  

Detailed information regarding MCAT exam test dates, the format of the MCAT, the purchase of study materials and how to register are available on the MCAT website.  Students must release their MCAT scores on the THx system through the AAMC's website.   MCAT Score Online Release System

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Special Consideration Requests

  • The Admissions Committee does not accept letters or documents from applicants requesting special consideration. All applicants must meet all admission requirements and go through the same selection process.

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