Frequently Asked Questions

General

Can I book an appointment to meet with an advisor?

We are unable to take personal advising appointments. Our preference is to receive admission inquiries via email. Phone inquiries may be made between the hours of 7:30AM-12:00PM MT on Monday and Tuesday during the week if we are available. Please note that we no longer take in person inquiries.

Note: For unsuccessful applicants, we do not provide any additional feedback on your application beyond the information available in your feedback letter. Personal activities are evaluated by three separate committee members and as such requests for re-evaluation will not be considered. Admission decisions are final. There is no formal appeal to any other body or person within a Faculty or the University. We therefore cannot discuss your application directly; you may ask any questions you have and we can answer generally.

Why can't I see my Personal Activities Forms in Launchpad?
Forms, including Personal Activity 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. You must submit and pay for the AFA in order for these forms to populate. 
Why haven't I received my Student ID?
You will receive an email with your unique 7-digit UofA Student ID number once you submit and pay for the AFA. This will remain constant each year that you apply. It may take some time to be assigned to you, after which you will also find it at the top of your UAlberta Launchpad. If it is blank then one has not yet been assigned to you.
When does the application open?

For the 2023/2024 application cycle the application is anticipated to open July 1, 2023.

When is the application deadline?

There are several major deadlines, the most important one being October 4, 2023. By October 4 at 1:00:00PM MT you must have submitted your application as well as all required checklist items and forms via your UAlberta Launchpad. You also must have your MCAT scores released and verified in your UAlberta Launchpad and be prepared to register for the CASPer test, if you haven't done so already.


Citizenship and Residency

How is residency determined?

Please refer to the University of Alberta Calendar for the residency definition. If you feel that this definition reflects your current and expected residence, you may claim Alberta residency on your application. We reserve the right to correct your residency claim should we feel that the information in your application does not support your claim and would refer the applicant to the Code of Applicant Behaviour. Any inquiries related to residency will be directed to the above statement.

Can I apply if I am not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident?

No. Please refer to our application requirements requirements.

Can I apply if I am an International student?

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

  1. Are 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. Should you wish to attend another program at our institution please contact International Student Services.


Education

Are there pre-requisite courses?

No, we do not have any pre-requisite courses for application to the MD Program. You should be taking courses which meet the requirements for your degree program and interest you. You may wish to take some coursework to help prepare yourself for the MCAT. Please refer to the AAMC website for MCAT topics.

Is there a preferred degree program?

No, we do not have a preferred degree program; you should choose a degree program which interests you.

Will I get credit for the difficulty of my program?

No, we only take into account the grades as they show on your transcript and how they convert to the U of A grading scale.

Will my previous coursework completed in a health science program transfer to the MD Program?

No, all students who gain admittance to our program must complete all four years.

I have a Withdrawal on my transcripts how will this affect my application?

Transcripts are reviewed on a case by case basis, but generally a Withdrawal will only affect your application if it occurs during the current year in which you are applying. For example, if it affects your a) full-time status, b) your ability to graduate, or c) your ability to meet our requirements for application.

How are repeated courses looked at?

We do not acknowledge repeated courses; we only use the first instance in which you successfully completed a course.


Transcripts

Where do I send my transcripts?

Unofficial interim transcripts can be uploaded via your UAlberta Launchpad.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar.

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
What are Final, Official Transcripts and Why is there a Red X?

“Final, Official Transcripts” are required from all post-secondary institutions you have attended in the past. All “Final, Official Transcripts” must be sent to the Office of the Registrar by your issuing institution. There may be a delay in updating checklist items at peak processing times. Please be patient and continue to monitor your UAlberta Launchpad.

Please note that official transcripts submitted with any “In Progress” grades are not considered “Final.” So, if you have a Transcript with 1st and 2nd Term Registration, your final, official transcript, associated with that institution, will not be checked off until you complete the academic year and send updated transcripts. However, applicants are encouraged to have their issuing institution send these transcripts as soon as they are available. 

For applicants currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution, June 19, 2024 is the deadline for ‘Final, Official Transcripts’ (i.e. showing 1st and 2nd term grades as well as proof of degree conferment from the institution you are currently enrolled in) to be received by the Office of the Registrar.

Unofficial interim transcripts can be uploaded via your UAlberta Launchpad.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar.

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
Note: Students do not need to request University of Alberta transcripts; we have access to them through the Office of the Registrar.
Why has my 2nd Term Registration been deemed Insufficient?
If your institution does not show 2nd term registration on transcripts at this time (ie. McMaster, University of Lethbridge etc) or if you are not yet able to register in 2nd term courses (ie. Harvard etc), please submit via your UAlberta Launchpad: a letter/timetable/screenshot/etc. indicating your 2nd term registration status. Please ensure you include your name, the name of the institution, the term, course numbers/names, and the number of credits for each course that you plan on registering for during the 2nd term if available. Should you upload a 1st and 2nd term unofficial transcript without the 2nd term registration status documentation with the aforementioned information, your transcript will be deemed insufficient and you will need to provide an updated submission on Launchpad.The 2nd term registration should be uploaded to Launchpad by early January, at the latest, as it must be processed by February 1, 2024. The lack of a 2nd registration will not impact the submission of your application on October 4, 2023. Applicants should upload this information as soon as it is available.
Will you accept electronic transcripts from my institution?

Electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution are accepted and encouraged. Please have your institution send them to transcripts@ualberta.ca.

Are High School transcripts required?
High School transcripts are not required regardless of the prompts in the AFA and/or Launchpad. These platforms automatically request High School transcripts due to the nature of the AFA, however, the MD program does not require High School transcripts.
Can I submit a WES evaluation for an international transcript?

We do not accept WES evaluations. Please have an official transcript sent from your institution directly to our Office of the Registrar.

Can I submit transcripts via MyCreds?
Yes, you may send them via the email option in MyCreds. Please use the following email: transcripts@ualberta.ca.
Do you provide transcript pre-assessment?
No, we are unable to provide transcript pre-assessment. This includes, but is not limited to, the transferability of courses, recognized degrees, and cGPA calculations.

MCAT and Additional Testing

What is the minimum MCAT score required to be eligible to apply?

Albertans

The minimum MCAT score to be eligible to apply for Albertan applicants is 124 in all categories (CPBS, CARS, BBFL, PSBB)


Non-Albertans

The minimum MCAT score to be eligible to apply for Non-Albertans is 128 in CARS and 124 in CPBS, BBFL, and PSBB

What is the last MCAT testing date you will accept?

For the 2023/2024 application cycle the last MCAT testing date we will accept is September 2, 2023. MCAT test scores must be released and verified in your UAlberta Launchpad by the application deadline, October 4, 2023 at 1:00:00PM MT.

Am I allowed to rewrite the MCAT?

AAMC will limit the number of times you write the MCAT; at this point we have no preference for how many times you write it.

How is the MCAT used?
Starting in the 2022/2023 cycle, for Fall 2023 admission onward, the MCAT will be used as a threshold; MCAT scores will no longer be used competitively. Once applicants meet our MCAT eligibility requirements, their scores will not be used to assess their application.
How long is my MCAT score good for?

The MCAT must have been written within the last five years prior to application deadline. As such, we will not be accepting scores from test dates prior to October 1, 2018.

For the 2024/2025 application cycle, test dates prior to October 4, 2019 will not be accepted.

I will be taking CASPer on a different date in Fall 2023. Do I have to write it again?

Applicants who will be taking the CASPer on a different testing date than those mentioned on our website will not need to retake the test. The testing dates noted are specifically for students who will not have written it for any other institution. Please note that CASPer tests are only valid for one year and must be completed each year you apply. You may only write the CASPer once per year. 

Do I need to do the CASPer Snapshot?

We do not require that you do the CASPer Snapshot for the 2023/2024 application cycle.


Quota Positions

Are there quota positions for Albertan/Non-Albertan applicants?
A quota exists in Medicine. 85% of the positions are reserved for Alberta residents and 15% of the positions are for Non-Alberta residents.
What is required to be considered for an Indigenous quota position?

All Indigenous applicants who meet the Application Requirements and who are successful in the Indigenous admissions process will be recommended by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee to the MD Admissions Committee for admission.

Applicants who wish to be considered for an Indigenous position should submit the following supporting documentation by the application deadline:

  1. A personal statement that describes your involvement in or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations, submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.
  2. If you feel it would strengthen your application, you are welcome to provide us with a reference letter from someone who could also attest to your involvement or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations. This should be submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.
  3. Notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry as outlined in the University of Alberta Calendar, submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.

All Indigenous applicants who are interested in the Doctor of Medicine Program are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Health Program.

Indigenous Health Program
2-07 Heritage Medical Research Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada   T6G 2E1

Tel: 780-492-9526
Email: ihi@ualberta.ca

What is the criteria to be considered for a Rural quota position?

We reserve up to 10 positions each year for qualified Albertan rural applicants. Applicants are determined to be rural based on geographic information submitted in the Application for Admission. For Fall 2024 intake, there will be an additional 20 positions for a total of 30 protected rural positions.

To be considered for one of our rural positions, you must be considered a resident of Alberta and have lived for 3+ nonconsecutive years between the ages of 12 and 18 in a community within Canada which meets rural criteria. If you feel that you should be considered for one of these positions please indicate so on your application and your geographic details will be reviewed.

What is the criteria to be considered for a MMTP position?

At the request of the Department of National Defence (DND), the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has completed arrangements with DND to create up to six seats in the MD Program above the quota class size. These seats are available only to currently serving Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who are eligible to apply for the MMTP. To determine eligibility, Reg F members are directed to the MILITARY MEDICAL, DENTAL, LEGAL, AND PHARMACY TRAINING PLANS (M PLANS) COMPETITION CANFORGEN.

MMTP applicants will identify themselves as applying as part of the MMTP on the Application for Admission and in doing so consent to the sharing of their name and contact information with DND. Applicants must meet all minimum requirements and be competitive within the entire pool of applicants to be considered for selection for admission.

All MMTP applicants must contact the Staff Officer Attraction at Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Maj Tina Lipcsey. The CAF will confirm with the U of A MD Program the names of all MMTP applicants who have applied to our program and are eligible for the MMTP.

Military Medical Training Program
Maj Tina Lipcsey
Email: CFHSAttractionCell-CelluledattractionSSFC@forces.gc.ca

For the purpose of admissions, applicants who are confirmed to be participating in the MMTP process will be considered residents of Alberta.


Selection Criteria

How is cGPA calculated?

cGPA Calculation for 2023/2024 Application Cycle

To calculate cGPA, we include all transferable post-secondary coursework to which a grade was assigned while the student was enrolled full-time (by University of Alberta definition) during the academic year (September through April) or full-time during the Spring and Summer terms (May through August).

For undergraduate students, to be considered full-time you must complete 18 transferable units of course weight (ucw) during the academic year (September through April) or 12 ucw during the Spring and Summer terms (May through August).

All coursework completed as part of a course-based graduate program will be evaluated based on the above guidelines.

All coursework completed as part of a thesis-based graduate program to which a grade and course weighting was assigned will be included in the calculation of cGPA.

For information regarding how Winter 2020 coursework and grades are factored into cGPA calculation, please see the Use of Winter 2020 in cGPA Calculation notice.

For applicants presenting 4 or more full-time academic years (September through April) of transferable post-secondary coursework, we may exclude the lowest academic year from calculation, provided that it is not the most recent full-time academic year. 

What are each of the selection criteria weighted?
Please refer to the Selection & Admission page.
How does age or educational background factor into my application?

Age and educational background have no bearing on your application. We welcome all applicants who meet our minimum requirements for application.

What is the MD Admissions Committee's role in the selection process?

Under the authority of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, reporting to the Dean through Faculty Council, the MD Admissions Committee establishes the admissions policy for the next year of the MD Program and selects the successful candidates for admission into the MD Program.


Special Circumstances and Accommodations

I have been offered admission. Can I request a deferral?

Deferral of admission may be requested. Requests for deferral of admission must be made at the time the offer of admission is accepted.

A very limited number of deferrals may be granted each year. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the University of Alberta MD Program when they are ready to begin their medical studies.

Individuals who are at an advanced stage of a Master’s degree, PhD, or professional degree may request to defer admission, and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Outside of such academic reasons, deferrals are typically considered only in unforeseen and exceptional circumstances, such as family medical emergencies or personal medical illness.

Requests will be reviewed by the Associate Dean, MD Program and the Assistant Dean, Admissions, MD Program.

Deferrals, when granted, are for a set length of one year’s time.

Do you accept transfer students?

Please refer to the Medical Student Transfer Policy.

Do you accept requests for special consideration?

We do not have a Special Consideration process for the current application cycle.

I have a disability. Can I apply?

We welcome all qualified applicants who meet the requirements for application. Please be aware that there is a Technical Standards Policy with respect to skills and abilities required to complete the MD Program. Should you gain entrance and require special accommodations we are able to support them as outlined by Academic Success Centre.

I have a criminal record. Can I apply?

All students admitted to the MD Program are required to produce a negative Police Information Check (PIC) with Vulnerable Sector Check. If you are not able to do so you will not be able to complete the requirements for admission to the MD Program.