MD Program

Academic Requirements

Please review the academic requirements for application to the MD Program carefully. Should you submit your application but fail to meet any of the below requirements your application will be deemed ineligible. Please note that meeting the requirements for application does not guarantee admission.

  • Education

    All applicants to the Doctor of Medicine Program must be registered in a baccalaureate degree program and obtain their degree prior to admission or already have completed their degree program. We have no preference for which institution you attend nor which degree program you complete; you should be pursuing your own interests while fulfilling the requirements of your degree program. Applicants must have a minimum of 60 transferable ucw. We require that our applicants be registered in or have completed one academic year (September 1 through April 30) with a full course load; a normal full course load is 30 units of course weight (ucw), equivalent to 10 half-year courses. The purpose behind this requirement is to assess whether students will be able to handle the course load in the Doctor of Medicine Program.

    Courses from external institutions are converted to University of Alberta ucw. Labs that are co-requisites for lectures and are reported as separate courses on external transcripts will not be included in the total ucw; at the University of Alberta a course with a lab component is reported singularly as 3 or 6 ucw.

    IB/AP credits received towards your baccalaureate degree are not considered part of post-secondary coursework and will not be used towards your application.

  • cGPA and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

    All applicants must complete the MCAT and meet the minimum requirements for each section to be eligible to apply to the Doctor of Medicine Program.

    Meeting the minimum cGPA and MCAT scores for application does not guarantee admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program. We encourage our applicants to have an alternate career path in mind as the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of positions we have available in our program.

    To calculate cGPA, we include all transferable post-secondary coursework to which a grade was assigned while the student was enrolled full-time (by UofA definition) in a term. For those students who have completed three or more years of transferable post-secondary coursework, we will exclude the lowest academic year (September through April) from calculation, provided it is not the most recent year, nor the only year in which the student earned 30 ucw.

    MCAT scores must be released and verified within the Secondary Medicine Application by the October 1, 2017 deadline. As such, the last testing date we will accept for the 2017/2018 application cycle is August 25, 2017. You must release your scores to us via the THx system on the AAMC website. Please note that we are only accepting scores from the MCAT2015; scores from January 2015 or earlier will not be accepted. If there is a discrepancy between the information you provide to us and that available from AAMC we will contact you through your UAlberta email account to correct this.

    The MCAT2015 is comprised of four sections:

    1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (CPBS)
    2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
    3. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (BBFL)
    4. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour (PSBB)

    For course recommendations to complete the MCAT, please refer to the AAMC website.

    • Albertans

      The minimum cumulative GPA (cGPA) required to be eligible to apply for Albertan applicants is 3.30 on the UofA 4.0 grading scale.

      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 cGPA required to be eligible to apply for Non-Albertan applicants is 3.50 on the UofA 4.0 grading scale.

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

  • Graduate Students

    All applicants are subject to the same application requirements.

    Applicants who have obtained a Masters or PhD are eligible to receive additional points towards their rank score. For those nearing completion of their program, please have your supervisor provide a letter as proof of successful completion once you have defended your thesis with no required revisions.