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Who Should Apply

Queen’s University School of Medicine admits up to 109 students annually to the first year of its medical degree program.

100 positions are reserved for applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents. In addition, up to 9 supernumerary seats are available for Canadian Forces Members and international students (Please note that the continuation of the International stream is currently under review and a decision is pending.  Please be aware that the result will impact this upcoming application cycle.)

Students are selected based on a strong academic record, MCAT, Casper and the assessment of personal characteristics considered to be the most appropriate for studying medicine at Queen’s University and the subsequent practice of medicine.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are priorities for our Admissions Committee and are guiding principles for our process. 

The Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) approved guidelines about the skills and abilities required:

  • to study medicine in Ontario;
  • to successfully complete the medical programs;
  • to enter professional practice.

These guidelines apply to students registered in, or applying to, these respective programs in any of the Ontario medical schools.

Please carefully review the Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program.


The Queen’s Medical School Curriculum is conducted in English. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) proficiency test as part of the application process.

Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency Test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with their OMSAS application using the SAM tool. The Medical School Admissions Committee will make determinations in these cases.

The Queen’s School of Medicine requires the following minimum TOEFL scores:

TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT):100

TOEFL Paper based Tests:  100

Applicants may submit unofficial TOEFL results through that SAM tool within their OMSAS application however official TOEFL results must be shared to us directly through TOEFL. Please follow the steps below to distribute your results to Queen's University:

  • Use the Institution Code 0949 for Queen's University and select 'Undergraduate Organization" as the department from the list 
  • Once you distribute your Official Score Report through TOEFL, you are required to email with your full name, date of birth and registration number so that we can retrieve your results

Due to the unique structure of the medical curriculum, applicants will not be considered for admission with advanced standing/transfer.

All candidates must complete the application process and all components of the program curriculum.

Applicants will be deemed ineligible for admissions into the MD program if they:

  1. are a current student, past student or graduate of an Undergraduate Medical Education program at a Canadian medical school and/or
  2. have been required to withdraw from an MD program (to be assessed on a case‐by‐case basis).

To learn more about eligibility and application requirements please check our How to Apply page.

Applicants must apply through OMSAS.

Please see below additional information for applicants:

Indigenous Applicants

Up to a maximum of four qualified Indigenous students per year may be admitted to the M.D. program by the alternate process. Indigenous candidates may also choose to apply through the main stream admission process.

Applicants must apply through OMSAS and indicate in the OMSAS application that they are applying as an Indigenous applicant.

If an applicant wishes to be considered by the Indigenous application category, they must also submit the following documentation along with the other application requirements through OMSAS by the application deadline:

  • A separate letter to the Chair, Admissions Committee, in which they declare their Indigenous ancestry and give specific information about First Nation, Treaty, community, or organizational affiliation. The letter should request consideration by this alternate process, and should expand on the candidate's academic and personal background, how you are culturally connected to your Indigenous community, as well as reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician. Maximum 1 page.
  • A letter of support from a representative of the candidate's First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, and/or Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. This individual should be able to speak to your Indigenous community involvement, and personal character traits that would qualify you as a promising candidate to pursue a future in medicine.  Maximum 1 page.
  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry. Indigenous applicants must submit one of the following documents:
      • Indian status cards from First Nations who are federally recognized and those listed on the Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada website.
      • For Non-Status First Nations, your parent's and/or grandparent's Indian status card and the applicant's long form birth certificate and (if applicable) the respective parent's or grandparent's baptismal certificate.
      • A membership card indicating that you are a Non-Status First Nations who is currently in a court case (example: Algonquin).
      • Métis citizenship from organizations that are members of the Métis National Council.
      • Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit roll number

 A panel consisting of representatives from the Admissions Committee and the Indigenous community will review the files of all candidates who wish to be considered by this alternate process and select candidates for interview. The panel will pay particular attention to academic commitment towards a career in medicine. (Only in exceptional circumstances will candidates with a GPA of less than 3.0 and a MCAT score of less than 120 in each section be selected for interview.)

For recruitment events or Indigenous involvement at Queen's School of Medicine, please contact Cortney Clark

Additional Resources:


Applicants must apply through OMSAS.


Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) Applicants

At the request of the Department of National Defence, the Queen’s University MD Program program has completed arrangements with the Department of National Defence (DND) to create up to 9 additional training positions in the Queen’s Medical Doctorate Program that are above and beyond our provincially funded 100 seats. Canadian Forces Staff who are supported by the DND would be eligible to apply for these positions and offers of admission will be made to those who qualify.

Regular Force military candidates interested in the Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) can obtain more information by consulting the Officer Specialist Training intranet website.

Military candidates who apply through the MMTP must meet all application eligibility requirements, including the necessary requirements as outlined by the military. These candidates must follow the same application procedures as all other applicants. The application fees will apply, and the candidates must follow the same method of payment as all other applicants.

For additional information regarding the MMTP application process, contact:

Name: DMCPG 5-2
Title: Commissioning and Education Programs Supervisor, Director General Military Careers

For additional information regarding Medical Officer Recruitment, roles, responsibilities and prospective military service in Health Services, it is strongly encouraged that you also contact:

Canadian Forces Health Services Attraction Cell

Applicants must apply through OMSAS.

MD/PhD & MD/Masters Applicants

The combined MD/PhD and MD/ Master’s Programs provide benefits to both scholarship and to the professional development of physician-scientists by allowing better integration of clinical and research training experiences, and also provide better opportunities for fostering translational research.

Our programs are in keeping with the strategic directions of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Plan and Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, which emphasize the need for providing increased trans-sectorial and multidisciplinary training, building research excellence, translating knowledge into practical applications and deepening the pool of highly skilled individuals. Students in combined MD/graduate programs bring a distinctive, clinical/translational perspective into their laboratories, and conversely, these students also bring a basic science perspective to share with their fellow medical students.  This is especially relevant in the context of the greater emphasis now being placed on team-based learning approaches as an important component of the Queen’s medical curriculum.

Applicants must apply through OMSAS.

Please note that there are different eligibility and application requirements for the MD component and the PhD or MSc component of this combined program. Please ensure that you review our How to Apply page as well as the MD/PhD & MD/MSc website.

Further information and additional eligibility requirements » 


Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program

Family doctor with child

The Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program is a new, first-in-Canada medical education model specifically designed to address the shortage of family doctors. It aims to graduate practice-ready, community-focused physicians able to provide comprehensive care to patients in southeastern Ontario. The program will be based at the Queen’s satellite campus at Lakeridge Health in Durham Region.

Further information and additional eligibility requirements »

Graduate Applicants

Graduate applicants who have met the minimum threshold requirements, will be given consideration of their graduate student status and level of education based on what is submitted at the time of the OMSAS application deadline.

To be considered a graduate applicant for our admissions:

  1. Applicants must have completed their graduate degree by the August 1 prior to the commencement of medical school. This includes all graduate programs listed on your application; 
  2. Applicants must be in their final year of a multi‐year graduate degree program to be eligible to apply as a graduate applicant. Applicants must indicate on their application the expected date of degree completion;
  3. Applicants that are in a 1‐year graduate degree program must complete their graduate degree prior to applying to be eligible as a graduate applicant. Otherwise, they will be considered as an undergraduate applicant;  
  4. A subcommittee will assess the suitability of the candidate’s performance and if the graduate degree was completed at an accredited university;
  5. If the subcommittee determines that the applicant is suitable, they will progress to the next step in the method of selection.

If your application qualifies as a graduate applicant and you are offered a seat in our program, the offer is based on the expectation that your graduate degree(s) will be completed by the August 1st prior to the commencement of medical school. If you are unable to meet the deadline you will normally lose your seat in the program. We require an official transcript as proof of graduate studies conferral.

International Applicants

(Please note that the continuation of this stream is currently under review and a decision is pending.  Please be aware that the result will impact this upcoming application cycle.)

Queen’s University School of Medicine may admit up to a maximum of five international students (non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents) per year. If accepted into the program, international students are responsible for ensuring that all licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practice medicine are fulfilled.

All international applicants must have completed (or be in their final year of study of) the equivalent of a Canadian 4-year university bachelor’s (honors) degree. No specific course prerequisites are required.

Applicants attending university outside Canada or the United States must have their academic credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by World Education Services (WES).

A coursebycourse WES evaluation with an overall GPA is required.

When applicants apply as an international student, they are required to notify Queen’s School of Medicine immediately if their immigration status changes. Failure to do so will make the applicant ineligible for the program. If the applicant becomes a permanent resident (landed immigrant) or citizen during the admission process, their application data will be moved to the domestic student applicant pool.



Each international student enrolled in Queen’s School of Medicine is responsible for paying annual fees. These fees include tuition, student activity fees, and a university health insurance premium. Please note: These fees are subject to change each academic year. The fees listed do not include books and equipment, housing and food, or other living expenses. There are no admissions scholarships or bursaries available to international students currently.

Applicants must apply through OMSAS.