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Canadian Medical School Profiles

Application and admissions criteria for 13 Canadian medical schools including: regular applicant profile and enrollment, strengths and special programs, tuition, and expenses.

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First Year
Tuition Application
Dalhousie U1183108503*3.7*$19,215.00Aug 15$70
McGill UNot available184Not Available3.8$7,058.92**Nov 2$144.37
McMaster5,271205Not available3$27,001.57Oct 1Not Available
MUN70080-84None3.7$6,250***Sept 15$75
NOSM2,13064Not Required3.83$22,317Oct 1Not Available
Queen's UNot Available100Not AvailableNot Available$26,182.72Oct 1Not Available
U of C1,600155No Minimum****3.2****$15,012.18Oct 1$150
U of M1,000112minimums have not been established3.3$8,700Oct 1$90
U of ONot Available164Not Required but recommendedNot Available$24,452.76Sept 15Not Available
U of SNot available10050678%$16,236.00Oct 1$125
U of T3,000259125 on each Section3.8$25,061.40Oct 1Not Available
UBC2,322288124 on each section75%17,407.24Sept 15$117.50†††
UWONot postedNot posted3843.70$25,209.74Oct 1Not Available

Minimum MCAT and GPA are lower for Maritime students than for Non-Maritime students.

** McGill tuition is $7,058.92 for Quebec residents, $17,348.08 for Non-Quebec Canadians, and $40,414.29 for International students.

*** MUN tuition is $6,250.00 for Canadian Citizens and $30,000.00 for international students. Supplementary fees will apply.

**** Minimum MCAT and GPA listed applies to residents of Alberta; the minimum GPA is higher for all other applicants.

† Minimum GPA required is 78% for residents of Saskatchewan, and 83% for all other applicants.

†† Minimum GPA of 75% for BC residents, and 85% for out-of-province applicants.

Application fee is $117.50 for BC residents, and $173.75 for Out-of-Province applicants + $33.50 fee for Out-of-Province transcripts.

Dalhousie University

Admissions & Student Affairs
Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
5849 University Ave, CRC Building, Room C-124
PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2
Phone: 902-494-1874 Fax: 902-494-6369 | Email:

Application Deadline:

August 15 for Online Application and Transcripts

September 1 to submit your online supplemental and essay forms

[$70 application fee]

MCAT scores must be from the new testing format

Class Size:

2015: 110 (99 for Maritime residents (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) and 9 for non-Maritime residents. Total applicants: 1183.

2016: 108 students annually. The Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick program will accommodate 30 of these students and the remaining 78 will attend the Halifax campus.


$19,215.00 [includes ancillary fees]


To apply to the undergraduate MD program, a four-year degree in any discipline from an accredited university is required. Although candidates with three-year degrees are occasionally admitted, a four-year degree is strongly preferred.


Maritime Students: Minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in each year assessed.

Non-Maritime Students: Minimum of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale in each year assessed.


Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island:

  • Minimum total score of 499.  Can have only one section score of 124, but the total score must still meet minimum.

Residents of all other Canadian provinces and territories & international students:

  • Minimum total score of 503.  Can have only one section score of 125, but the total score must still meet minimum.

Prerequisite Courses:

The Admissions Committee recognizes that the appropriate preparation for the study of medicine can be acquired through many varied educational backgrounds. There are no specific course requirements to apply to the MD program.

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McGill University

Office of Admissions, Equity & Diversity
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
1210 - 1010 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, QC H3A 2R7
Tel: 514-398-3517 Fax: 514-398-4631 | Email:

Application Deadline:

November 2 [$144.37 application fee]

First-Year Class Size:

184 - residents of Québec: Up to 169 available seats, Out-of-province Canadians: Up to 11 available seats, INTL: Up to 4 available seats


$7,058.92[Quebec residents],$17,348.08 [Out-of-Province Canadian residents], $40,414.29 [International residents]


Four-year Bachelor's degree, official transcripts, Academic Personal Workbook, Curriculum Vitae, Personal Narrative, List of Verifiers, Proof of your citizenship or residency status

The basis of admission degree is a 120 credit (4-year) or equivalent Bachelor's degree from a recognized, accredited institution, in any discipline OR a 90-credit program from a Quebec university where the applicant obtained a diploma of college studies (Diplôme d'études collégiales; "DEC") in a pre-university program.


Submission of MCAT results is compulsory for:

  • Applicants in the Quebec University, Out-of-Province Canadian and International University categories whose degree for the basis of admission is from a non-Canadian university.

Submission of MCAT results if optional for:

  • Applicants in the Quebec University, Out-of-Province Canadian University and International categories whose degree for the basis of admission is from a Canadian university.
  • When optional MCAT results are submitted they will only be used if they render the application more competitive.

Submission of MCAT results are NOT required of:

  • Applicants to the Med-P program;
  • International Medical Graduates who have completed the Medical Council of Canada’s Equivalence Exam (whether applying to MDCM with advanced standing or MDCM four-year program;
Non-Traditional Pathways applicants.

Prerequisite Courses:

Full-year university-level courses, with laboratory work, in each of biology, general chemistry, and physics Courses in Organic Chemistry should be the basic or introductory courses into the world of organic chemistry. Though not required, university-level courses in biochemistry, physiology, cell and/or molecular biology are strongly recommended.

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McMaster University

MD Program Manager, Cathy Oudshoorn
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
1280 Main St West, MDCL - 3107
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Tel: 905-525-9140 ext. 22141 Fax: 905-546-0349 | Email:

Application Deadline:

Closed for Fall 2016.

2017 Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Candidates planning to apply to Ontario medical schools must register/create an online COMPASS OMSAS application by September 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Several hundred applicants will be invited for interviews in Hamilton in March or April.

First-Year Class Size:

2015 - 205 [194 Ontario residents; 10 Out-of-Province Canadian residents; 1 Other]; 5,271 applicants


$27,001.57 including supplementary fees


Minimum Three-year Bachelor's degree, official transcripts, autobiographical submissions, and a Multiple Mini Interview.

Applicants must also complete a 90 minute computer-based test called CASPer, which assesses interpersonal skills and decision-making abilities. Successful completion of CASPer is required to maintain applicant eligibility.

By October 1st of the year of entry, applicants must have achieved an overall OMSAS converted average of 3.00 on the 4.00 point scale.


All applicants to the MD Program are required to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to, and within five years of, the application deadline date and must release their scores to OMSAS by November 1st of the application year.

Prerequisite Courses:

No prerequisite courses, although many successful applicants come from scientific backgrounds.

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine

West Campus
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Tel (West Campus): 807-766-7300 Fax: 807-766-7370

East Campus
Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Rd
Sudbury, ON   P3E 2C6
Tel (East Campus): 705-675-4883 Fax: 705-675-4858 | Email:

Application Deadline:

The deadline to register for/create an account for the COMPASS.OMSAS online application is September 15, 2016 (4:30 p.m. ET)

The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 entry will be October 1, 2016 (4:30 PM ET)

The online application for Fall 2017 entry will be available through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) in mid-July.

First-Year Class Size:

2015 - 64 [57 students from Northern Ontario]; 2,130 total applicants [36 assigned to Laurentian Campus and 28 to Lakehead Campus]


$22,317 for year 1 [$799- $1,100 university-specific ancillary fees will apply


Four-year Bachelor’s degree [mature students may apply with only a three-year degree] The applications are initially screened and scored based on 3 components: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context.  The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada.  

Average GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale

MCAT: Not required [will not be considered by selection committee]

Prerequisite Courses:

No specific courses required, though it is recommended that applicants present in their applications a broad-based undergraduate education. Applicants with majors in science should have completed at least two full course equivalents in the Arts, Social Sciences and/or Humanities, while applicants with majors in Arts, Social Sciences and/or the Humanities will be expected to have completed at least two full course equivalents in science within their degree program.

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Queen's University

Undergraduate Medical Education
Queen's University 
80 Barrie Street
Kingston, ON K7L3N6
Tel: 613-533-3307 Fax: 613-533-3190 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 [must register your intent to apply by September 15] is the deadline for all transcripts, academic documents and confidential assessment forms to be received by OMSAS.

First-Year Class Size:





A minimum of 15 full or 30 half credits in any university program by the end of the academic year (September–April) in which application is made.

Three Confidential Assessment Forms from referees, an autobiographical sketch, official transcripts, police check, proof of immunizations, personal information form, proof of Canadian citizenship, and an interview.

GPA: Two undergraduate grade point averages (GPAs) will be calculated for each candidate:

  • cumulative GPA  (CGPA) and
  • most recent two full-time years GPA (2YGPA).

MCAT: As of May 2017, Queen’s School of Medicine will no longer be accepting any MCAT scores prior to the 2015 MCAT. Therefore applicants applying in the fall of 2017 will be required to submit scores from the latest version of the MCAT.

Prerequisite Courses:

There are no prerequisite or recommended courses.

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University of British Columbia

MD Undergraduate Admissions
Faculty of Medicine, Dean's Office
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604-875-8298 Fax: 604-822-6061 | Email:

Application Deadline:

September 15, 2016, noon Pacific Time - Deadline for submission of applications (including online application, all application fees, all transcripts, and proof of BC residency (if required)).

October 1, 2016 - Deadline for receipt of MCAT scores via THx system. Valid test dates January 1, 2012 - August 25, 2016.

$117.50 fee for applicants from BC; $173.75 fee for Out-of-Province applicants, plus a $33.50 fee for Out-of-Province transcripts.

Class Size:

288 [2322 applicants]


$17,407.24 [plus additional student fees]


minimum requirement of 90 credits must be 90 university-transferable credits with grades taken at a post-secondary institution. 

The Faculty of Medicine considers students from a variety of backgrounds; no preference is given to any particular degree program.

GPA: 75% for BC applicants and 85% for out-of-province applicants

MCAT: Minimum Score, Numerically Scored Sections = 124

For the 2016/2017 application cycles applicants will be allowed to submit MCAT scores from three exams: 1) the “old” MCAT with four sections including the Writing Sample, 2) the “revised” MCAT with three sections, not including the Writing Sample and 3) the “new” MCAT 2015 with four sections (Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour; Critical Analysis and Reasoning). Please note that if MCAT 2015 is written the MCAT 2015 scores will be used in evaluation.

Prerequisite Courses:

All applicants must complete 6 credits of English coursework by April 30 of the year of entry into medical school (April 30, 2017 for the 2016/2017 application cycle). Courses in biology, chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended but are not required for application.

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University of Calgary

Office of Admissions
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
G740 - Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 4N1
Tel: 403-220-4262 Fax: 403-210-8148 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 for students starting in September of the following year [$150 application fee]

All applications must be submitted online. The deadline for receipt by the Office of Admissions of the online application, all official transcripts, official MCAT scores, three letters of reference, and the application fee of $150.00 is posted on the U of C website.

First-Year Class Size:

155 Canadian students or permanent residents. 1,600 applicants in 2015-2016 cycle.


$15,012.18 [plus additional student fees]


Minimum of two full years of university

GPA: Minimum of 3.2 [Alberta residents]; 3.8 [residents outside Alberta]

MCAT:  Minimum of 127 scores for non-Albertan residents.

Prerequisite Courses:

No specific courses are required for application or acceptance to the MD program. The admissions committee recommends that applicants consider taking as many of the following courses as their schedules allow, as the content of these courses will be helpful in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and during the MD program: biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, English, statistics, biochemistry, physiology and psychology.

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University of Manitoba

Undergraduate Medical Education Admissions
 Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba
S204, 750 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2
Tel: 204-789-3499 Fax: 204-272-3169 | Email: 

Application Deadline:

October 1 – Applications are accepted and fees are due.  If applicable, documentation of Aboriginal heritage and evidence of English or French language proficiency supplied with application.

November 1 - Official transcripts from all universities attended are due.  All other application documentation is due, including MCAT scores.

First-Year Class Size:

College of Medicine Class of 2019 Applicant Statistics

112 Enrolled (Including deferrals) = 97 (Manitoba), 5 (Out of province),  10 (Aboriginal) 

110 [approximately 95% Manitoba residents, 5% out-of-province applicants].  Each year, U of M receives over 1000 applications.


$8,700 [Approximate - not including books, resources, and other general fees]


Bachelor’s degree completed no later than the end of June in the year of admission from a university recognized by the University of Manitoba. 

Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 3.30 or higher.  An AGPA is calculated based on undergraduate university degree level courses including those taken in a spring or summer session and during part-time studies.


  • The  Admissions Committee has minimum standards for score results. Eligible applicants must have scored a minimum of 7 in each of the VR, PS and BS sub-tests and a minimum of M on the WS in a single session (if applicable). The WS will be converted on a scale where M=7, N=8, O=9, P=10, Q=11, R=12, S=13 and T=14.
  • There are no exceptions.
  • Given the recent introduction of MCAT 2015, minimum eligible scores have not been established. The total score will be used in the composite score calculation.

Prerequisite Courses:

Biochemistry. Minimum of 6 credit hours (full year or two academic terms) completed in Biochemistry at the university degree level with minimum grade of C in each course. Courses must be complete and a grade assigned no later than June 30, 2016. Biochemistry courses must be completed at a second year level or higher learning.  Introductory biology, chemistry and organic chemistry are not acceptable equivalents.

Humanities/Social Sciences. Credit hours completed in the Humanities/Social Sciences. Applicants with a BSc (General) or BA (General) must complete 18 credit hours in humanities/social sciences. Applicants who complete a 4 Year Major or Honours program may waive up to 12 credit hours of the humanities/social sciences prerequisite.

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Admissions Office, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Room 2M202A, Health Sciences Centre, 300 Prince Philip Dr.,
St. John’s, NL  A1B 3V6
Tel: 709-864-6328 Fax: 709-864-6365 | Email:

Application Deadline:

September 15, 2016 at 17:00 NDT [$75 application fee]

First-Year Class Size:

80-84 [57 Newfoundland (3 Aboriginal), 4 Prince Edward Island, 10 New Brunswick, 5 non-Maritime residents, 1 Yukon] – 700 applicants

The following is a breakdown of the approximate number of applications and places:

Student spaces reserved for:
Newfoundland and Labrador: 57 [200 applications]
Aboriginals residing in Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 [15 applications]
New Brunswick: 10 [85 applications]
Prince Edward Island: 4 [40 applications]
Yukon Territory: 1 [10 applications]
*Other Canadian Provinces/Non-Canadian: 5 [350 applications]


$6,250 [Canadian citizens], $30,000 [International students]
[Supplementary fees will apply]


Entry to medical school is on the basis of competition for a fixed number of places. The Admissions Committee takes account of an applicant's academic background, performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and information on an applicant's personal characteristics and achievements as given by the applicant, by referees' reports and, in some cases, by personal interviews. 

Applicants need to be aware of the policy related to Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine.

Does not have a minimum cumulative GPA or MCAT scores (except for the Other Canadian Provinces/Non-Canadian competition).   

For previous entering classes, the average MCAT scores have been approximately 10's on each section and Q on the Writing Sample and an overall academic average/GPA of approximately 3.70.


Prerequisite Courses:

Six credit hours in English at a recognized university or university-college.

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University of Ottawa

Admissions - Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa - Roger Guindon Hall
451 Smyth Rd, Room 2044
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5
Tel: 613-562-5409 Fax: 613-562-5420 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 [must register your intent to apply by September 15]

[These deadlines are both for the OMSAS application; the University of Ottawa does not set its own deadlines as applicants are directed to provide the OMSAS with all supporting documentation] 

First-Year Class Size:

164 [116 English, 48 French]




Three-year Bachelor’s degree, CASPer Test [computer based assessment for sampling personal characteristics], proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, a detailed autobiographical sketch, and an interview.

Minimum GPA: 3.5 [on a scale of four]


Candidates are recommended to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The university will be accept applications without the MCAT for this cycle of admission. The MCAT scores this year will not be factored into the criteria for acceptance.

Prerequisite Courses:

One full-year course in General Biology/Zoology including laboratory session; one full-year course in Humanities or Social Sciences [or two semester-long courses from two separate disciplines]; the equivalent of two full-year courses from the following Chemistry courses: i) General Biochemistry without laboratory session, ii) General Chemistry with laboratory session, iii) Organic Chemistry with laboratory session. Medical students must have completed a Basic Rescuer Level C [Adult, Child, and Infant] CPR course within a year prior to registration in the medical program. 

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University of Saskatchewan

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Suite 5B53, Box 17 Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Rd
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5E5
Tel: 306-966-4030   Fax: 306-966-2601 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 [$125 application fee]
MCAT (2013 earliest) – most recent score in either test 

First-Year Class Size:

100 - 10% of Saskatchewan seats are reserved for Aboriginal applicants


$16,236.00 [additional student fees will apply]


A 4-year Baccalaureate degree, official transcripts, proof of Canadian citizenship, interview, criminal record check, and three reference letters.

Average GPA (2015):

• 78% minimum University Academic Average (UAA) over all courses for Saskatchewan resident and self-identified Aboriginal applicants

• 83% minimum University Academic Average (UAA) over all undergraduate courses for Out-of-Province resident applicants

Minimum MCAT (2015):

A Minimum total score of 506.

Minimum Section Scores:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems >127
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills >127
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems >126
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior >126

Prerequisite Courses:

Standard First Aid certificate. Prerequisite courses are mandatory for students who wish to apply under the “prerequisite” requirement, determined according to the undergraduate institution attended (contact admissions for more information).

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University of Toronto

Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building, Room 3157, University of Toronto,
1 King's College Circle
 Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8
Tel: 416-978-7928 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 [Last date to register for an account with OMSAS is September 15)

First-Year Class Size:

259 (approximately 3,000 applications received annually).


$25,061.40 – St. George Campus
$25,371.01 – Mississauga Campus


Completion of at least three years of undergraduate study (equivalent of 15 credits) towards a Canadian university bachelor's degree, four brief personal essays, an autobiographical sketch, three autobiographical sketch statements, three letters of reference, proof of immunization, vulnerable persons criminal record check.

Average GPA: Undergraduate – 3.6 minimum undergraduate OMSAS GPA requirement (3.8 is competitive).  Graduate – 3.0 minimum graduate OMSAS GPA requirement

Average MCAT: 125 - Minimum MCAT score (in each section)

Prerequisite Courses:

Minimum of two full-course equivalents in any Life Science and one full-course equivalent in any of the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Languages. Standard First Aid, and a CPR "Basic Rescuer" course are required.

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University of Western Ontario

Admissions Office
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Health Sciences Addition, H103
London, ON N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-3744 Fax: 519-850-2360 | Email:

Application Deadline:

October 1 at 4:30 PM EDT (must register your intent to apply by September 15).

First-Year Class Size:

Not posted


$25,209.74 (Year 1 Tuition/Ancillary Fees)


Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada you must submit a copy of the front and back of your current Permanent Residency card to OMSAS by the application deadline to be considered.

Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of a program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university, and expect to have obtained your degree by the end of the academic year in which application is being made.


Applicants must meet the minimum GPA in each of the two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.


Minimums for the 2015-16 Cycle for Admission in Fall 2016

Minimums for Southwestern Ontario Applicants in Fall 2016

GPA: 3.7

GPA: 3.7





BBFLS: 127

BS: 10

BBFLS: 124

BS: 8

CPFBS: 127

PS: 10

CPFBS: 125

PS: 8

CARS: 130

VR: 11

CARS: 135

VR: 8

Total: 384

Total: 31

Combined Total: 384

Combined Total: 31

Effective July 1, 2017, for the 2017-18 application cycle, all applicants must have written the MCAT test introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT test will no longer be valid.

Prerequisite Courses:

Schulich Medicine no longer has prerequisite courses.  A mixture of biological/medical science courses and social science/humanities courses is recommended.

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