Application Process

Applicants to MD Program must first complete and submit payment for the Application for Admission (AFA). Following this you will complete required checklist items and forms in your UAlberta Launchpad.

Application for Admission

The application itself is supported by the Office of the Registrar. Any questions about the AFA should be directed to:

Office of the Registrar
Telephone: 780-492-3113
Email: StudentConnect@ualberta.ca

We recommend that you use an internet browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when completing the application as some versions of Internet Explorer are not compatible.

Steps
  1. Click 'Apply Now'
  2. Choose the corresponding button for whether you ARE or ARE NOT currently attending UAlberta under the heading of Professional Programs
  3. Register for an account
  4. Complete the first four pages in their entirety; if you do not you cannot move on
  5. Select Undergraduate 2021/2022, below which should appear 2021/2022 Professional Programs
  6. Complete each section of the Application for Admission (AFA) in order, reading closely and following all instructions
  7. Pay the application fee
  8. Review and complete your required checklist items and forms in your UAlberta Launchpad
Application Fee

The application fee to apply to the MD Program is paid upon completion of the AFA:

• $180 for undergraduate students new to the UofA (includes $125 general undergraduate application fee plus $55 supplemental MD Program application fee).

• $130 for current or former UofA undergraduate students (includes $75 general undergraduate application fee plus $55 supplemental MD Program application fee).

Please note that the nonrefundable application fee is payable online only.

Ensure that you review your AFA for completeness and correctness before clicking 'Finalize Application and Pay.' Once you click this button you cannot make anymore edits.

Applicant/Application Reference

You will be assigned an Applicant/Application Reference number when you begin your application. This is a 9-digit number, typically starting with 0. This number can be found at the top of the right hand menu in your Launchpad. Please reference this number when requesting help with your application.

Student ID

You will receive an email with your unique 7-digit UofA Student ID number. This will remain constant each year that you apply. It make take some time to be assigned to you, after which you will also find it at the top of your Launchpad. If it is blank in your Launchpad then one has not yet been assigned to you.

CCID

All students and applicants are assigned a University of Alberta Campus Computing ID (CCID). Your CCID is used to access UofA email and Bear Tracks (student service system).

The first time you apply to the UofA you will receive an email with your new CCID and password. You will use this information to log into your ccid@ualberta.ca email account.

For more information on your CCID and help with obtaining your CCID or password, contact IST.

For more information on how to interpret messages in Bear Tracks, refer to the Bear Tracks User Guide or contact the Office of the Registrar.

UAlberta Email

Your ccid@ualberta.ca assigned by the university is the email address to which all official communications will be sent. Check your e-mail at least once per week. Communication from the University is sent to UAlberta email accounts only, not personal email accounts. Failure to receive or read University communications sent to your UAlberta email address in a timely manner does not absolve an applicant from knowing, responding to, or complying with the content of the communication.

The UAlberta uses the Gmail platform; you can log in through google.ca using your full ccid@ualberta.ca account name, which will redirect you to ualberta.ca to authenticate with just your CCID and password.

If you already use a Gmail account you will need to log out of that one first or link your accounts. To link your accounts, while logged into your primary account, select your user icon in the upper right hand corner. In the menu that pops up select "Add Account" and follow the instructions. You will then be able to access both email accounts at the same time, either by having a tab open for each account or by toggling between the two accounts as required.

If you do not already have a Gmail account and would prefer to keep your primary email account, you may forward your ualberta.ca email to your primary account.


Launchpad

Questions specifically regarding the content you are required to provide is supported by Admissions, MD Program. Any questions about the this should be directed to:

Telephone: 780-492-6769 or 780-492-9524
Email: MDAdmissions@ualberta.ca

Forms

Forms are automatically populated based on the responses you submitted in the AFA. As such, your Forms may take up to 60 minutes to fully populate. The average Form population time is 30 minutes.

All required Forms must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be considered completed. Failure to do so will result in the closure of your file.

MCAT Scores

For admission for Fall 2021, we are accepting MCAT scores written October 1, 2015 through September 28, 2020.

Enter your official MCAT scores from a single testing date. If you have written the MCAT more than one time, choose your best set of scores from a single test with the highest average keeping in mind the minimum scores required, as described in the application requirements.

Ensure that you release your scores to the University of Alberta through the AAMC website. You will not be able to edit your scores after we have verified them.

Scores will are verified 1-2 times per week, after they have been released to the University of Alberta. If your scores do not verify there is likely a discrepancy between the information you have provided and that available to us from AAMC. Please determine the discrepancy and rectify it. Your MCAT scores must be verified prior to the deadline of 11:59:59PM MT October 15, 2020.

Responsibilities
  1. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have read the Applying to Medicine website in its entirety and understand the minimum requirements for application.
  2. It is your responsibility to ensure that your Application for Admission is submitted completely and accurately. If the validity of the information you have provided comes into question your application may be negatively impacted. Please review the Applicant Code of Behaviour to ensure that you are not jeopardizing your application; our expectation is that our applicants behave in a professional manner at all times.
  3. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have made your referees aware that they may be contacted at any point in time during the application process AND that they must submit their reference by October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59PM MT.
  4. It is your responsibility to ensure that your UAlberta Launchpad forms are submitted completely and accurately by the application deadline of October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59PM MT. Should you discover you have entered something incorrectly it is your responsibility to contact us to reopen the form in question; we will only accept these updates until the application deadline of October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59PM. If the validity of the information you have provided comes into question your application may be negatively impacted. Please review the Applicant Code of Behaviour to ensure that you are not jeopardizing your application; our expectation is that our applicants behave in a professional manner at all times.
  5. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have made your verifiers aware that they may be contacted at any point during the application process to verify the information you have provided on your application. It is also your responsibility to make them aware that we will ask questions to support your application and that they may opt out of answering these questions if they do not know you well enough to do so.
  6. It is your responsibility to ensure that your MCAT scores are released through your AAMC portal AND verified within your UAlberta Launchpad by the application deadline of October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59PM MT.
  7. It is your responsibility to ensure that all official post-secondary transcripts are sent to AND received by the Office of the Registrar by the following deadlines. Receipt of your transcripts will be noted on your UAlberta Launchpad Checklist. Should you fail to meet any one of the below deadlines your application may be closed for failing to meet the requirements of application.

    • October 15, 2020 - Deadline for receipt by the Office of the Registrar of all up-to-date transcripts, including showing 1st and 2nd term registration for those applicants currently enrolled in post-secondary. If your institution does not show 2nd term registration on transcripts at this time (ie. McMaster, UWO, University of Lethbridge) or if you are not yet able to register in 2nd term courses (ie. Harvard), please submit your course registration through your UAlberta Launchpad. We suggest requesting transcripts in early September for all domestic institutions and in late August for international institutions.

    • February 1, 2021 - For applicants currently enrolled in post-secondary, updated transcripts showing 1st term grades and 2nd term registration must be received and processed by the Office of the Registrar by this date. If you fail to meet this deadline your application may be considered incomplete and result in the closing of your file.

    • June 15, 2021 - For applicants currently enrolled in post-secondary, June 15 is the deadline for receipt by the Office of the Registrar of updated transcripts showing 1st and 2nd term grades as well as proof of degree conferment; proof of degree conferment must show on your transcript.
  8. It is your responsibility to complete any and all Checklist items listed in your UAlberta Launchpad. New Checklist items may appear after its initial population if more information is required; it is your responsibility to keep yourself informed on the information available to you in your UAlberta Launchpad.
  9. It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the CASPer test in the Fall of 2020 and that your scores are released to us by January 1, 2021.
  10. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of the Registrar has calculated your cGPA prior to the February 1, 2021 deadline.

By submitting your application you are affirming its completeness and correctness and agreeing to the responsibilities listed above.

Checklist Items

Checklist Items are automatically populated based on the responses you submitted in the AFA. As such, your Checklist Items may take up to 60 minutes to fully populate. The average Checklist Item population time is 30 minutes.

All Checklist Items must be completed by their respective deadlines. Failure to do so will result in the closure of your file.

Transcripts

Applicants must send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions ever attended directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar. Photocopies, hand-delivered copies, unofficial copies, and WES evaluations will not be accepted. Students who have attended an international institution may be required to provide further supporting documentation, such as course descriptions. Please refer to your UAlberta Launchpad for required checklist items and forms. Required supporting documentation must be received by the Office of the Registrar before they are able to evaluate your file. Failure to provide these may result in your application being deemed incomplete, resulting in the closure of your file.

For concerns regarding your transcripts and supporting documentation please contact the Office of the Registrar directly.

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to transcripts@ualberta.ca.

Transcript Mailing Address:

Office of the Registrar
201 Administration Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2M7

Phone: 780-492-3113
Toll-Free: 1-855-492-3113
studentconnect@ualberta.ca

Note: Students do not need to request University of Alberta transcripts; we have access to them through the Office of the Registrar.

ApplyAlberta

The University of Alberta may be able to obtain transcripts from participating Alberta post-secondary institutions on the applicant's behalf via ApplyAlberta. You will have agreed to this process when completing the Application for Admission. Please check your UAlberta Launchpad for details of which transcripts the Office of the Registrar has requested on your behalf. Please be aware that there are instances where your institution may refuse to send transcripts to us, typically due to unpaid fees or if there is a discrepancy in your identifying information. If this occurs you must settle your account with that institution and request a transcript be sent to us yourself.

Additional Testing

All applicants who successfully complete and submit their Application for Admission AND complete all required checklist items and forms AND meet the minimum academic requirements for application will be required to do additional testing in Fall 2020. The online assessment (CASPer), provided by Altus Assessments, will cost approximately $60. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test using your UofA Student ID Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID.

CASPer test results are valid for one application cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will, therefore, be expected to re-take it. Applicants who will be taking the CASPer at an earlier testing date than those mentioned on our website will not need to retake the test. The testing dates listed below are specifically for students who will not have written it at any point prior for any other institution.

October 7, 2020 8:00PM ET
October 22, 2020 5:00PM ET
October 22, 2020 8:00PM ET
November 19, 2020 5:00PM ET
December 8, 2020 5:00PM ET

Please note that these are the current dates and times as we know them to be true. You can begin registering for the CASPer when fall dates become available. If you are already completing the CASPer on a date not listed above for a different Canadian institution we will accept the score from that test date. Direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the CASPer website.

CASPer test results must be released to us by January 1, 2021.

cGPA Calculation
Once your cGPA has been calculated in will be available in your Forms for you to complete an acknowledgement form. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of the Registrar has calculated your cGPA and that you have acknowledge it prior to the February 1, 2021 deadline.
Interview

The interview for the 2020/2021 application cycle will be virtual. Interview notifications are sent in early to mid February. Applicants who receive an interview invitation will find out more information about the weekend, including social events, on the Candidate Information website. Please note that anything you have included in your application may be discussed with you during the interview process. We recommend that you review your application prior to arrival. We understand and respect that you may choose to share highly sensitive personal information either on your application or during the interview process; this information is kept in the strictest confidence and is unlikely to negatively impact your application. We do appreciate the strength that is required to discuss these topics.

If you become aware of a potential scheduling conflict please let us know as soon as possible as it is easier to alter the schedule before we send out invitations.

2020/2021 Application Cycle Interview Dates

March 20-21, 2021