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2022-2023 Edition: Breakdown of Canadian Medical School Application Requirements

Limiting yourself to Quebec medical schools might not be the best strategy if your goal is to become a doctor. By casting a wider net, broadening your school-list, and applying to multiple schools, this can increase your chances of getting in as different schools have different application requirements and cut offs. This article will provide you with a breakdown of the application components of all Canadian medical schools.




Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (McMaster University)


Degree status: must complete 2 years of undergraduate degree to apply

GPA: ~3.8/4/0

MCAT: only requires >123 on CARS section

CASPer: yes


Tuition:

Canadian students (Ontario residents): CAD$ ~26,000.00

Canadian students (Out-of-province residents): CAD$ ~29,000.00

Non-Canadian students (International residents): CAD$ ~96,000.00


References: 3

1 academic/ employment- related

1 non-academic

1 of your choosing


Course requirement: no specific course prerequisites required


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Extracurriculars

Volunteering & Research

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency:

Attended an English institution OR

Scored >86 on TOEFL (iBT) with a minimum of 20 on each section


Selection criteria:

GPA

CARS section of MCAT

CASPer score


2022-2023 Statistics:

Total applicants- 5868

Interviews- 600

Admitted (Ontario applicants)- 194 (~90%)

Admitted (Canadian applicants)- 11 (~10%)


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*For more information on McMaster University’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




Northern Ontario School of Medicine


Degree status: can only apply during final year (Fall semester) if undergraduate degree

GPA: ~3.82/4/0

MCAT: not required

CASPer: yes

Tuition: CAD$ ~24,000.00


References: 3

1 non-academic/ character referee

1 community referee

1 academic referee


Course requirement: applicants must have majored in Sciences and have taken 6 credits in Arts/ Humanities


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Extracurriculars

Volunteering & Research

Awards & Achievements

1. Considering NOSM University’s self-directed, small group, distributed learning environment, select ONE (1) entry from your autobiographical sketch and describe how it has specifically prepared you for being a medical student at NOSM University.

2. Select ONE (1) entry from your autobiographical sketch that has had a significant impact on your personal growth and describe how this experience has influenced your development and prepared you to be a medical student at NOSM University.

3. Considering NOSM University’s social accountability mandate, select ONE (1) entry from your autobiographical sketch and describe how this experience has prepared you to learn and work in Northern Ontario and/or rural/remote settings.

4 Supplementary questions:

1. Describe how you have developed resilience and coping mechanisms. How will you utilize these skills to support yourself during your medical training in making informed and rational decisions when faced with difficult circumstances?

2. Describe an experience you have had interacting with individuals from backgrounds different from yours. How would this experience translate to working within a health care environment and/or with patients?

3. Provide a specific example of when your work or performance was criticized. Explain how your responded to the criticism and how this experience contributed to your personal development/growth.

4. NOSM University’s Social Accountability mandate is to improve the health of the people and the communities of Northern Ontario. Describe how you plan to embody this mandate as a medical student and future physician, and how this has factored into your decision to apply to NOSM University.


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA (weighing 0.33%)

Autobiographical sketch (weight 0.33%)

Context score (0.33%)


2022-2023 Statistics:

1710 total applicants

334 applicants interviewed

69 applicants admitted - 91% from Northern Ontario & 9% from the rest of Canada


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*For more information on Northern Ontario’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




Queen’s University


Degree status: must complete 2 years of undergraduate degree to apply

GPA: ~3.85/4.0

MCAT: yes

CASPer: yes


Tuition:

Canadian students: CAD$ ~25,000.00

Non-Canadian students (International residents): CAD$ ~45,000.00


References: 3 (academic & non-academic referees)


Course requirement: no specific prerequisites required


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Extracurriculars

Volunteering & Research

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

MCAT score

CASPer score

Autobiographical score & Referee score

2022-2023 Statistics:

5540 total applicants

512 applicants interviewed

108 applicants admitted

75.9% from Ontario

17.6% from the Northern Territories & Western Provinces

5.6% from Quebec & East Coast Provinces


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*For more information on Queen’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




University of Ottawa


Degree status: can only apply during final year (Fall semester) if undergraduate degree


GPA: ~3.85/4.0

MCAT: no

CASPer: yes

Tuition: CAD$ ~24,000.00

References: none


Course requirement:

6 credits in Humanities

6 credits in Biology or Anatomy/ Physiology

3 credits in Organic Chemistry

3 credits in Biochemistry

3 credits in Statistics


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Extracurriculars

Volunteering & Research

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency: Anglophone & Francophone stream


Selection criteria:

GPA

CASPer score

Autobiographical sketch


2022-2023 Statistics:

4823 total applicants

580 applicants interviewed

168 applicants admitted

70% Anglophone stream

30% Francophone stream


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*For more information on Queen’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




University of Toronto


Degree status: must apply during final year (Fall semester) of undergraduate degree

GPA: >3.94/4.0

MCAT: yes (must score minimum 125 on each section)

CASPer: yes


Tuition:

Canadian students: CAD$ ~24,000.00

Non-Canadian students (International residents): CAD$ ~92,000.00


References: yes (academic, non-academic, professional & community referees)


Course requirement:

6 credits in Life Sciences

3 credits in Humanities


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Write about an impactful experience from your Autobiographical Sketch that demonstrates your personal growth, character, and values. How did this experience prepare you for medical school?


2 Brief Personal Essays: yes

(1) The COVID-19 pandemic imposed obligatory changes in all our lives. What have you learned and how has this changed you as a person? Are there ways that you adapted that you would keep going forward?


(2) What is the purpose of a mentoring relationship? What are the 3 most important elements of a mentoring relationship? Discuss a mentoring situation that you experienced in relation to these qualities.


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

CASPer score

Autobiographical score

Personal essays score

Referee score


2022-2023 Statistics:

4320 total applicants

638 applicants interviewed

163 applicants admitted

58% applying with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree

31% applying with a Master’s degree or PhD

5% applying with a 3-year Bachelor’s degree


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*For more information on Queen’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




Schulich School of Medicine (Western University)


Degree status: must apply during final year (Fall semester) of undergraduate degree

GPA: ~3.87/4.0

MCAT: yes

CASPer: yes


Tuition:

Canadian students: CAD$ ~26,000.00

Non-Canadian students (International residents): CAD$ ~120,000.00


References: 3 (academic, non-academic & professional)

Course requirement: no specific requires prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents: autobiographical sketch

Teamwork & leadership

Respect for diversity & equity & inclusion

Self-accountability & responsibility

Self-directed learning, problem solving & critical inquiry


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

MCAT score

CASPer score

Autobiographical sketch

Referee score


2022-2023 Statistics:

171 admitted applicants

18% from small, rural, remote towns

30% from Southwest Ontario

75% of applicants 20-24 years old

25% of applicants 25 years or older


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*For more information on Queen’s medical school admissions please consult OMSAS




Dalhousie University


Degree status: must complete 2 years of undergraduate degree before applying

GPA: ~3.8/4.0

MCAT: yes- must score minimum 123 on each section

CASPer: yes


Tuition: CAD$ ~22,000.00

References: none

Course requirement: no specific prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents:

Personal statements consisting of 5 short answer questions

Supplemental information including information on extracurricular activities, personal interests, volunteering experiences, paid employment and/or work training experiences, awards/ research/achievements


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA (weighs 15 points)

MCAT (weighs 10 points)

Supplemental Essays (weigh 30 points)

MMIs (weigh 40 points)

Academic Context (weighs 5 points)


2022-2023 Statistics:

1777 total applicants

132 admitted applicants

81 applicants from Nova Scotia

30 applicants from New Brunswick

6 applicants from PEI

9 applicants from non-Maritime provinces


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*Click here for more information on Dalhousie’s medical school admissions process




Memorial University of Newfoundland


Degree status: must complete 2 years (60 credits) of undergraduate degree before applying

GPA: >3.0/4.0

MCAT: yes- must score a minimum score of 123 on each section

CASPer: yes


Tuition: CAD$ ~70,000.00 (Canadians citizens ONLY)


References: 2 (academic & non-academic/professional)


Course requirement: no specific course prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents: none

Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

CASPer score & Snapshot

Reference letters


2022-2023 Statistics:

Newfoundland & Labrador applicants: 62 seats available

Indigenous applicants: 3 seats available

Prince Edward Island applicants: 4 seats available

Other Canadian provinces applicants- 6 seats available


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University of Alberta


Degree status: must complete one year of an undergraduate degree to apply


GPA:

>3.3 Albertans

>3.5 Non-Albertans

MCAT:

>124 overall score for Albertans

>124 overall score & >128 on CARS section for Non-Albertans


CASPer: yes


Tuition: CAD$ ~18,000.00


References: 2


Course requirements: no specific prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents: Personal activities form

Extracurriculars

Volunteering & Research

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

MCAT score

CASPer score

Referee score

2022-2023 Statistics:

*Click here for information on Alberta’s medical program admissions statistics

*Click here for more information on Alberta’s medical school admissions process




University of British Columbia


Degree status: must apply during the final year (Fall semester) of undergraduate degree


GPA: >3.5/4.0


MCAT: 124 per section


CASPer: no


Tuition: CAD$ ~30,000.00


References: 3 (only for applicants invited for interview)


Course requirement: no specific prerequisites needed


School-specific supplemental documents:

Employment history

Publications

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

MCAT score


Statistics:

33% Out-of-province applicants

51% British Columbia applicants


*Click here for more information on UBC’s medical school admissions statistics

*Click here for more information on UBC’s medical school admissions process




University of Calgary


Degree status: must complete 2 years of an undergraduate degree before applying


GPA: >3.8/4.0


MCAT: must score >128 on CARS section


CASPer: no


Tuition:

Canadian students: CAD$ ~21,000.00

Non-Canadian students (International residents): CAD$ ~80,000.00


References: 3


Course requirement: no specific prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents:

Employment history

Publications

Awards & Achievements


Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA

MCAT score (only CARS section)

Academic Merit

Intellectual Curiosity

Scholarship & Research

Communication Skills

Maturity & Insight

Commitment to Community

Management & Leadership


2022-2023 Statistics:

*Click here for information on Calgary’s medical program admissions statistics

*Click here for more information on Calgary’s medical school admissions process



University of Manitoba


Degree status: must complete 2 years of an undergraduate degree before applying


GPA: >3.3/4.0


MCAT: yes


CASPer: yes


Tuition: CAD$ ~11,000.00


References: 3 (only for applicants invited for interview)


Course requirement: no specific prerequisites


School-specific supplemental documents: none

Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

GPA (weighs 20%)

MCAT score (weighs 50%)

CASPer score (weighs 30%)


2022-2023 Statistics:

Manitoba total applicants: 404

Out-of-Province total applicants: 152

Applicants invited for interview: 284

Available seats: 110

*Click here for information on Manitoba’s medical program admissions statistics

*Click here for more information on Manitoba’s medical school admissions process



University of Saskatchewan


Degree status: must complete an undergraduate degree before applying


GPA: no specific grade score required


MCAT: yes


CASPer: yes


Tuition: CAD$ ~20,000.00


References: none


Course requirement: no specific prerequisites required


School-specific supplemental documents: none

Language proficiency: none


Selection criteria:

MCAT score

CASPer score

Academic grades


2022-2023 Statistics:

737 total applicants

91 admitted applicants (in province)

9 admitted applicants (out of province)


*Click here for information on Saskatchewan’s medical program admissions statistics

*Click here for more information on Saskatchewan’s medical school admissions process






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