MD Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    No. Please refer to our Citizenship and Residency requirements.

  • 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.

  • Where do I send my transcripts?

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

  • How is residency determined?

    Please review the Residency requirements.

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

    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 rurality based on primary residence postal code.

    Applicants declare their geographic origins on the Secondary Medicine Application. Based on this information we would determine if they fit our rural criteria.

  • 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 UofA grading scale.

  • How do you look at repeated courses?

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

  • 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.

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

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


    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 required to be considered for an Indigenous quota position?

    Applicants who wish to be considered for the Indigenous quota positions in addition to their regular pool should contact Kenton Boutillier, Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program. There are two items we must receive if you wish to express your interest and suitability for these positions: 1) a personal statement that describes your involvement in or connection to Indigenous communications or organizations, submitted via the Secondary Medicine Application, and 2) notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry, submitted to the Admissions, MD Program office. If you feel it would strengthen your application you are welcome to submit an additional reference letter from someone who can attest to your involvement in or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations, submitted to the Admissions, MD Program office as well.

    Indigenous applicants who are invited for interview are invited to participate in the Indigenous Panel Interview in addition to the MD Program Interview.

  • When does the application open?

    For the 2018/2019 application cycle the application is anticipated to open July 3, 2018.

  • Do you accept transfer students?

    Generally, no; however, we will review all submitted requests for transfer on a case by case basis.

  • What is the deadline date?

    There are several major deadlines, the most important one being October 1. By October 1 you must have submitted your undergraduate application, your secondary medicine application, transcripts, and all required supporting documents as per your Bear Tracks To-Do List. You also must have your MCAT scores released and verified and registered for the CASPer.

  • What is the last MCAT testing date you will accept?

    For the 2018/2019 application cycle the last MCAT testing date we will accept is August 25, 2018. MCAT test scores must be released and verified by the application due date of October 1, 2018.

  • 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. The only exception will be for students who recently completed INTD 410 here at the University of Alberta.

  • Do you accept requests for special consideration?

    Applicants may request Special Consideration from the MD Admissions Committee. Requests for Special Consideration will only be accepted through the Special Consideration Request form during the specified time frames below. Please note that you must be logged into your email account to access the form and submit your request. You must submit a formal letter of request and relevant supporting documentation with all requests. Your formal letter of request should be no more than one page in length and describe the reason you are requesting Special Consideration as well as why you feel you should be provided an exception. It should clearly explain what happened, why it happened, what the outcomes were, and, if applicable, what precautions or measures the applicant has taken or will take to ensure that the issue will have no further impact on the applicant's academic performance.

    July 3, 2018 - September 17, 2018

    • Inability to meet minimum requirements
    • Alberta residency
    • Other

    March 18, 2019 - April 1, 2019

    • Extenuating circumstances that may have occurred during the application/interview process

    Please note that a request for special consideration does not guarantee admission, nor that any exception will be made towards your application.

  • 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 Student Accessibility Services.

  • 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.

  • How is cGPA calculated?

    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. To be considered full-time you must complete 9 transferable ucw in a single Fall or Winter term or 18 transferable ucw over the course of the academic year (September through April). For Spring/Summer terms full-time is equivalent to 6 transferable ucw in either a Spring or Summer term or 12 transferable ucw over the course of the Spring/Summer 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.

  • Can I apply to the MD Program if I am an International student?

    If you meet the Citizenship and Residency requirement as well as the Academic Requirements you are welcome to apply.

  • May I book an appointment to meet with an advisor?

    We no longer take appointments. You may call, email, or drop by the office during business hours to have your questions answered. We meet with students on a first come, first served basis; should we be busy when you drop in you will be required to wait or return at a later time.

    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 you application directly; you may ask any questions you have and we can answer generally.

  • I will be taking CASPer at an earlier date. Do I have to write it again?

    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 October testing dates are specifically for students who will not have written it at any point prior for any other institution.

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

    All requests for deferral are reviewed on a case by case basis. Once you have received your offer of admission please submit a detailed letter of request along with your offer documents to In the case where a "deferral" has been granted these are treated as a voluntary withdrawal from the MD Program for a period of one year only. You would not be required to submit a photo as an up-to-date photo will be requested upon your return. In the Spring of the following year you would be contacted to complete a paper application, which would include an application fee, as a declaration that you intend to begin the program.

  • What are each of the selection criteria weighted?

    It has not yet been determined what the weighting will be for our selection criteria. When it has been decided, should we choose to release that information, it will be made available on the Selection and Admission page.

  • How long is my MCAT score good for?

    MCAT scores are valid for fives years.

  • 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.

  • 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 preferred degree program for entrance into the MD Program?

    We do not have a preferred degree program; you should choose a degree program which interests you.

  • What are the pre-requisite courses for applying to the MD Program?

    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.

  • I have a criminal record. Am I able to apply to the MD Program?

    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 of the MD Program.