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Who Should Apply

Queen’s University School of Medicine admits 100 students annually to the first year of its medical degree program.

These 100 positions are reserved for applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents. In addition, supernumerary seats are available for Canadian Forces Members and international students.

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.

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:

The four-year Undergraduate Medical Program at Queen's University is structured in sequential terms which will allow students to progress from scientific foundational knowledge through to clinical foundations of the human systems and finally, in clinical engagement during a two-year clinical rotation series; including electives for students to explore areas of interest. Our medical program is well known for the opportunities it provides; for close personal interaction between students and faculty members; for students to obtain relevant extensive hands-on clinical experience under supervision, particularly in an ambulatory setting. Our undergraduate medical educational culture encourages participation and offers opportunities for students to engage in the administration development and evaluation of our medical curriculum and our governance structures. Our graduates are highly successful in obtaining postgraduate training sites and are known to be committed and enthusiastic citizens of their profession and their communities.

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 Indigenous application category, they must submit the following documentation 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, and reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician.
  • A letter of support from an individual representing the First Nation, community or organization to which the applicant belongs.
  • 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 parents and/or grandparents Indian status card and your long form birth certificate or 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.


International Applicants

Queen’s University School of Medicine admits 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.

Proficiency in the English Language

The Queen’s Medical School Curriculum is conducted entirely 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, and before final acceptance is granted. 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 the application. 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 unoffical TOEFL results through that SAM tool within their OMSAS application however official TOEFL results must be mailed directly to our office by the application deadline.


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.

Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) Applicants

At the request of the Department of National Defence, the Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical Education 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 program 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.

All military candidates wishing to apply to medical schools under MMTP sponsorship must inform the Director General Military Careers DMCPG 5-2 by email at the same time of their application to the medical schools.

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:

Name: Maj Tina Lipcsey
Title: Staff Officer Attraction and Retention, CF Health Services Group Headquarters
Telephone: 613-901-1558

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 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.

For further information and additional eligibility requirements please see the MD/PhD & MD/MSc website here:


Graduate Applicants

Graduate applicants that have met the minimum threshold requirements, will be given consideration of their graduate student status.

  1. Applicants must have completed their graduate degree by the August 1 prior to the commencement of medical school;  
  2. Applicants must be in their final year of a multi‐year graduate degree program to be eligible to apply as a graduate applicant;
  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.