To qualify for entry into the School of Medicine, candidates are required to have a minimum of 30 half courses or 15 full courses (or in combination) at the undergraduate university level. This would typically equate to a total OMSAS course load weighting of 30 (see OMSAS Weighting in the table below). This requirement must be fulfilled by the June 30th prior to possible entry into the program.
At the time of application:
Applicants must have completed a minimum 20 half or 10 full courses (or in combination) of the 30 half courses or 15 full courses at the Undergraduate level in a University program as described by the OMSAS Weighting at the time that their application is submitted.
Transfer credits (i.e., International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and CEGEP programs, exchange credits) appearing on your university transcript are not included in your GPA calculation but are considered in the credit requirement totals provided all other requirements are met.
Credit/No Credit and Pass/Fail Courses
An applicant can have no more than one credit/no credit course in a semester to be eligible for a GPA calculation.
If the structure of your program does not allow for this, then you must submit official documentation from the institution as to why the student does not have a choice to select a numerical or alpha grade. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
This will take effect for any courses taken in Fall 2022 and onward.
We do not require prerequisite courses. With the elimination of prerequisite courses, applicants are able to select a program of study and courses, which best meet the goals of their undergraduate degree program. We do not recommend any particular course or degree program since no preference is given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program. Applicants are encouraged to consider all of the undergraduate programs available to them and to embark on the course of study in which they have the greatest interest and that would prepare them for an alternate career should they not gain a place in medicine.
Each year we receive applications from candidates who have studied at universities with various credit and grading systems. In order to give each candidate equal consideration, courses are weighted according to their length of study as follows (also see OMSAS Weighting):
OMSAS’ Equivalent Weighting
Quarter (applies only to American Universities)
Science laboratory (Graded separately and is weighted as less than a half-year/semester)
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The Admissions Committee will use ONLY your cumulative GPA in assessment of your application. (This will apply to the 2022-2023 admissions cycle)
The cumulative GPA includes ALL undergraduate university degree credit courses, regardless of first or second degree, except those taken on foreign exchange and graduate studies, with all years treated equally. Courses and grades must appear on your university undergraduate transcript(s) to be included in the GPA calculation.
The cumulative GPA calculation does not include the current academic year (Sept–June), as grades for your current academic year of study are not available at the time of the application deadline (Oct 1)
The minimum cumulative GPA to apply is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale according to OMSAS’ scale.
GPAs are calculated using converted grade points based on the OMSAS Conversion Scale
Please note that admission to the MD Program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
You can find our Admissions Statistics for last year’s incoming class here.
The following will not be included in the GPA calculation:
- Naturopathic and chiropractic medicine
- Consecutive Bachelor of Education programs
- College courses (even if transfer credit is granted)
- Challenge for credit courses
- Continuing Education programs
- Graduate courses
- Undergraduate courses taken as part of a graduate program
- Doctor of Medicine programs
- Only the cumulative GPA will be calculated.
- For repeated courses, all grades obtained are calculated towards the GPA.
- Degree programs or individual courses are not considered a factor in the calculation of GPAs.
- Calculations include grades from all courses included on the University transcript for Canadian and United States Universities, including repeated courses.
- Courses that a “pass” or “credit” grade is assigned for are counted for credit, but we do not include them in the GPA calculation.
- If you have withdrawn from a course and there is a grade reflected on your transcript for that course, it will be included in GPA calculations. If there is no grade associated with a withdrawn course, it has no effect on your application.
No adjustments are made based on course load or course levels.
Applicants attending university outside Canada, or the United States must have their academic credentials/foreign transcripts assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES). Information pertaining to the assessment of international grades can be found on the OMSAS website.
A course-by-course WES evaluation with an overall GPA is required.
Credentialing assessment means converting international academic credentials into their Canadian educational equivalents. If a World Education Services (WES) assessment includes a copy of your official transcript, you are not required to request a transcript from your registrar.
The standard cumulative GPA will not be calculated for candidates submitting foreign transcripts. WES assessments will be reviewed and applications for these candidates will be reviewed on an individual basis.
You must submit all transcripts through OMSAS, including education taken outside of Canada.
Your transcripts must demonstrate you have:
- obtained 15 full or 30 half courses (or in combination) at the undergraduate university level by June 30 prior to possible entry into the program of September of the same year;
- maintained a satisfactory GPA, as determined by the Admissions Committee; and
- will have completed post-graduate studies by August 1 prior to entry into the program, if applicable.