MD Program

Citizenship and Residency

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 Relations and Recruitment.

Residency Status

The MD Program uses residency to determine which pool an applicant is ranked within. As the admissions process is quite competitive and we reserve 85% of our positions for residents of Alberta, applicants may be required to present proof of residency.

  1. You must have physically resided in Alberta for the three years directly preceding the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought.

    However, if you have left the province but have previously lived in Alberta for an accumulated period of 15 years, you will be considered a resident of Alberta.

    If you have previously lived in Alberta for an accumulated period of less than 15 years and do not qualify under the three year condition, you will receive credit of one year toward the three-year requirement for every five years residency in the province. For example, if you have lived in the province of Alberta for a cumulative 10 years and have resided in the province for the one year prior to the date of which you are seeking admission you would be considered a resident of Alberta.

  2. An exception to the three-year ruling may be made for members of the Canadian Armed Forces or RCMP, or for an applicant whose spouse, parent, or guardian is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces or RCMP, who has moved to or away from Alberta due to being reassigned. In the case where applicants have moved to Alberta, the applicant must have resided in Alberta for at least 12 consecutive months directly preceding the application deadline and obtained written approval from the Admissions, MD Program office prior to the application deadline to waive the 3-year requirement.
  3. You can submit an application if you have been in four years of full-time study at a recognized post-secondary institution within Alberta directly preceding the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought. The Admissions, MD Program Office will verify this claim through official transcripts at the time of file review. If you establish your Alberta residency through this provision, but do not gain entrance to medical school in the final year of your baccalaureate degree at that institution, you must remain in the province to maintain your claim of Alberta residency for any subsequent application (see item 1).
  4. Individuals who meet the same criteria based on residency in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, or Nunavut will be considered residents of Alberta.
  5. To support the claim of Alberta Residency, under item 1 or 2 above, you must provide all of the following: (i) a valid Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Card (where residency will date from when documentation was changed to Alberta); (ii) an official letter from Alberta Health showing the years of coverage; and (iii) proof of employment in the province. For proof of employment any or all of the following may be required: pay stubs, letter from employer, record of employment, the assessment page from Revenue Canada showing that you have filed tax returns in Alberta. A residency claim under item 3 will be documented by an official transcript received directly from the issuing institution. If you claim residency under item 4, parallel Territorial documentation will be used. Documentation will be required to cover the entire period of time in question.
NOTE: An Alberta or Territorial drivers license is not accepted as proof of Alberta residency and, at the discretion of the Admissions, MD Program office, applicants may be required to provide further supporting documentation for their claim of Alberta residency. Applicants are encouraged to contact MDadmissions@ualberta.ca prior to application if they have questions concerning meeting the requirements for Alberta residency.