MD Program

Academic Requirements

NOTICE: We are currently updating content for the 2019/2020 Application Cycle. The following information is not complete and contains information that may or may not be applicable for the upcoming cycle.

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 the year admission is sought 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 units of course weight (ucw). We require that our applicants complete one academic year (September 1 through April 30) with a full course load prior to being admitted; the definition of full course load as ascertained by your accredited home institution must also be recognized by the University of Alberta. For example, the University of Alberta recognizes a full course load as 30 transferable 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 in a single test sitting 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. 

    MCAT scores must be released and verified within the Secondary Medicine Application by the October 1, 2019 11:59:59PM MST deadline. As such, the last testing date we will accept for the 2019/2020 application cycle is August 31, 2019. You must release your scores to us via the THx system on the AAMC website by this deadline. 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 prior to the October 1 deadline.

    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 who wish to have these points added to their score, please have your supervisor provide a letter as proof of successful completion once you have defended your thesis with no required revisions.

    For those completing a Masters by coursework we will require a letter from your faculty indicating that you have completed the required coursework and have applied for and been approved to graduate.


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 Bear Tracks To-Do List and Comments for details on what, if any, required supporting documentation as these documents 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 and your file subsequently closed.


Please be aware that your file will not be evaluated until your application has been submitted and all transcripts and supporting documents have been received by the Office of the Registrar. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of the Registrar has all required documents; you can determine this based on your Bear Tracks To-Do List, as well as if your cGPA appears in your Secondary Medicine Application. For items on your Bear Tracks To-Do List which are marked as "Incomplete," please read the "Details" section of that item for updates from the Office of the Registrar.

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


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

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


The University of Alberta may be able to obtain transcripts from participating Alberta post-secondary institutions on the applicant’s behalf via ApplyAlberta. You must agree to this process when completing the Undergraduate Application for Admission. Please check your Bear Tracks To-Do List 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.

Major Deadlines

  • October 1, 2019

    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) or if you are not yet able to register in 2nd term courses (ie. Harvard), please contact the Office of the Registrar to arrange to send your course registration directly. We suggest requesting transcripts in early September for all domestic institutions and in August for international institutions.

    Please refer to your BearTracks To-Do List and Comments for document status and details on required supporting documents. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in review of your application.

  • February 1, 2020

    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, 2020

    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. We highly recommend requesting your transcripts in May, as soon as all grades are available, so as to not delay any changes to your admission decision.