What is QuARMS?

The Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS), is an opportunity for Chancellor's Scholarship Nominees to enter medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Arts, Science or Computing programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

What is the primary goal of QuARMS?
The primary goal of QuARMS is to offer a carefully selected group of 10 students an exciting, and innovative, two-year curriculum that will culminate with admission into the first year of Medical School at Queen's University, School of Medicine.

How many students get accepted per year?

10 students from all over Canada.

As a QuARMS student, how long will it take me to obtain a medical degree?
The accelerated route to Medical School is unique among Canadian universities. It is based on an integrated '2 + 4' year training program. This new educational initiative is aimed at shortening the minimum length of undergraduate training for students before entering Medical School at Queen's University.

What is the cost of tuition for QuARMS?

  • QuARMS students, in years one and two of their undergraduate Bachelor degree program, will be charged tuition and fees associated with the Bachelor degree program they are registered in.
  • QuARMS students, once they progress into the School of Medicine, they will be charged the tuition and fees associated with the year in which they are registered in the Doctor of Medicine degree program.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Application to QuARMS?

  • Citizenship & Residency - Students have to be a Canadian Citizen OR a Permanent Resident of Canada to be eligible for consideration to QuARMS.
  • Education/Scholarships - Students must be in their final year of high school AND be nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship.


When I apply for admission on OUAC how do I indicate I want to be considered for QuARMS?

Students do not apply directly to QuARMS. If you would like to be considered for QuARMS, you must complete the following steps:   
Submit a Complete Application to one, or more, of the following Queen's undergraduate direct-entry programs through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC):

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (QA),
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (QS),
  • Bachelor of Computing Science Honours (QD)
Meet the admission requirements for the undergraduate program(s).
Be nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship and submit the Queen's Major Admission Award
(MMA) Application.
(The completed MMA application must be received by Queen's University Admissions Department NO LATER than December 1).

How do I seek out a nomination for the Chancellor's Scholarship?

In order to be considered for QuARMS, you must be selected as a Chancellor's Scholarship nominee by your high school.  The number of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees each high school can nominate is limited.  If you are interested in seeking a Chancellor's nomination, we encourage you to be pro-active at your high school and speak with your high school official (i.e. Guidance Counsellor) as soon as you return to school in the fall.

Given the limited number of applicants who will be offered admission to QuARMS, eligible candidates will only be selected from the group of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees. Candidates interested in being considered for QuARMS (QuARMS candidates) must be nominated for a Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Chancellor’s Scholarship Nomination Guidelines (based on graduating class size):

Less than 250 - 1 nominee**

250-499 - up to 2 nominees

500 or greater - up to 3 nominees

Only ONE Chancellor nominee may be selected as a QuARMS candidate from within each school's respective nomination guidelines (above).

**Schools that are permitted only one Chancellor's nominee (graduating class size less than 250), will have the option to nominate one additional Chancellor's nominee provided one of the two nominees is a QuARMS candidate.

Schools that over-nominate will be contacted by Queen's and asked to confirm ONE candidate.

What do you look for in a QuARMS Candidate?

We look for candidates that:

  • Are nominated for a Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Have outstanding academic performance
  • Have demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities during high school
  • Have attributes in leadership, critical and creative thinking, curiosity, integrity and altruism
  • Are mature and have the ability to relate to others

I have heard that "RESEARCH" is a heavily weighted criterion that one needs to have to be selected as a QuARMS candidate. Is this accurate?

We DO NOT choose candidates based on students' research experience. Research has never been, nor will it be, a criterion we assess when selecting candidates. Some of our successful QuARMS students may have had some research experience; however, that is only by chance, NOT by any requirement. In other words, if you are only doing research to increase your chances of being selected as a QuARMS student, DON'T, it will not help you one way or the other!

Why was the application process designed to limit applicants to only those candidates nominated for a Chancellor's Scholarship? 

QuARMS is seeking applicants who demonstrate a commitment to service, proven academics, critical and creative thinking, leadership qualities, and service to the community.   The Queen's Chancellor's Scholarship nominees exemplify these characteristics; therefore, are an excellent pool of candidates for the 10 students that will ultimately be selected for the QuARMS program.

My high school has nominated someone else for the Chancellor's Scholarship who has no interest in QuARMS.  Is there an alternate channel for me to be considered?

Given the limited number of applicants who will be offered admission to QuARMS, eligible candidates will only be selected from the group of Chancellor's Scholarship nominees.

Our high school is permitted to submit only one Chancellor's Scholarship nominee.  Our applicant does not want to go into Medicine.  May we select a second student who is interested in QuARMS?

High Schools are strongly encouraged to select, as a Chancellor's nominee, the student who best demonstrates leadership, community service, creative and original thinking and exceptional academics.  The Chancellor's Scholarship program remains first and foremost, an opportunity to recognize outstanding students applying to any first entry, undergraduate degree program, regardless of the program of study they choose at Queen's.

Schools with a graduating class size of less than 250 will have the option to nominate one additional Chancellor's nominee, provided one of the two nominees is a QuARMS candidate

I was nominated but was not granted the Chancellor's Scholarship.  Am I still eligible to complete the application process?
Yes.  We are only looking for you to have been nominated.

How do I indicate on the Major Admission Award (MAA) application that I want to be considered for QuARMS?
Within the Major Admission Award application, there is a section for your High School Official to verify:

  • You have been selected as a Chancellor’s Scholarship nominee or
  • You have been selected as the one Chancellor’s Scholarship/QuARMS candidate from your high school

This information must be signed and dated by your high school official.

I am applying to a variety of programs at Queen's.  If I apply to one of the QuARMS-eligible undergraduate degree programs plus an undergraduate degree program, that is not QuARMS-eligible (for example:  Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering Science), will I still be considered for QuARMS?
Yes, each application for admission is considered independently.

Are international students eligible to apply to QuARMS?
You must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada, to be eligible for consideration to QuARMS.

When and how will the 10 candidates for QuARMS be selected?

  • Mid-February: A select group will be sent a supplementary application specifically for QuARMS.
  • Mid-March: Approx. 40 candidates will be receive invitations to the QuARMS interviews that are held on campus at Queen's University, in the School of Medicine. (*Travel Bursary Available)
  • Early April: QuARMS interviews are held. (full day event)
  • Early May:  All interviewed candidates will be notified of their QuARMS admissions status.

Do I need to attend my interview in person or can I interview over the phone or use Skype?
You are required to attend your interview in person, on campus at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

*If I am invited to the QuARMS interviews, is there financial help available?
Invited candidates may be eligible for a travel bursary to assist with travel expenses to Queen's University. Further information will be provided to the candidates invited to the QuARMS interviews.

If I am successful and am selected for QuARMS, is there financial help available?
Queen's offers need-based assistance to supplement family resources for students admitted to a first-entry undergraduate program at Queen's. (Please Note: the assessment of financial need resides with the Office of the University Registrar-Student Awards and is independent of the School of Medicine, QuARMS selection process)

The Office of the University Registrar-Student Awards administers a comprehensive range of financial aid programs. Information for Government Student Assistance, Queen's Scholarships, Bursaries, and Work Programs can be found here.

A complete list of Awards can be found here.

Will my offer of admission to the programs I have applied to be delayed until the 10 candidates are selected for QuARMS?
No, all admissible Chancellor's Scholarship nominees will be eligible for early offers of admission by Mid-February. We will assess you for the Queen's grade-based OR need-based awards, at the time you are offered admission.

When will the QuARMS interviews take place for the 40-50 selected candidates?
The QuARMS Interview Team will be interviewing candidates in April.

What will the QuARMS interview entail?  How can I prepare?
You have already done much of the preparation for the interview!  Be prepared to speak about:

  • Commitment to service
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to relate to people
  • Exceptional leadership
  • Diversity of your interests
  • Humility, altruism, humanism, and curious nature


Can I defer my offer of admission to QuARMS if accepted?
Requests for deferred registration to QuARMS will not be considered. Given the limited size and the structure of the first two years of the QuARMS curriculum, students must be prepared to make the commitment to QuARMS.  Only in extenuating circumstances (i.e. medical) will a request to defer registration to QuARMS be reviewed.

If I am granted a Major Admission Award (i.e. Chancellor's Scholarship), will my scholarship be available to me for 4 years even if I am selected for QuARMS and only complete 2 years of my undergraduate degree program?
Yes.  All Queen's Major Admission Awards are renewable for 4 years, subject to you meeting the renewal conditions after each year of study.

What can I expect regarding the QuARMS curriculum?

Content & Structure
The curriculum will consist of two components that run in parallel:

  • The First Component will be devoted to meeting the requirements of the first two years of an Honours degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • The Second Component is a unique, and integrated set of enrichment/experiential learning modules and electives, that are developed and delivered through the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine (SOM), to prepare students for entry into the School of Medicine at the end of year two of their undergraduate Bachelor program.

Faculty of Arts and Science
All students will complete 30 units/year over the fall and winter terms (equivalent to 5 courses per term).

All students must take BIOL 102/103, CHEM 112, MATH 121 (if Calculus has not been taken in high school, STATISTICS 263, or an equivalent course, can be used as an alternative [1]), ENGLISH 100 and PHGY 214 [2].

(The selection of these courses is a compromise between a longer, more comprehensive list. These courses are chosen to provide all students with a fundamental knowledge of biological processes, quantitative reasoning skills, and communication skills)

All students will be encouraged to pursue the degree plan of their choice in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

At the end of year one, students will participate in the plan selection process and choose an honours plan for which they have the required pre-requisites.

[1] STATISTICS 263 should be taken in year two
[2] PHGY 214 - BIOL 102/103 is a pre-requisite

Do I need to do anything prior to starting QuARMS?

Yes, you need to have your CPIC done and sent in to our Admission's Office PRIOR to starting QuARMS.

What is the criteria that is required to be able to progress into the School of Medicine after two years of the QuARMS program?
Students MUST:

  • Complete 60 units in an Honours degree plan in the Faculty of Arts and Science and,
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 as defined by the Faculty of Arts and Science and,
  • Meet the criteria to be placed on the Dean's Honours List in the Faculty of Arts and Science in Year Two (That is, achieving a GPA of 3.5 cumulative average of all courses taken during the academic year from September 1 to August 31), and,
Have demonstrated satisfactory professional behaviour as determined by the School of Medicine Progress, Promotions and Remediation Committee. (Progress & Promotion Policy)     

If accepted, is there any required documentation that needs to be submitted PRIOR to the Academic start date?

YES! Students need to have:

  • A criminal record & vulnerable sector screening check completed and submitted.
  • Immunizations & immunization records need to be up-to-date and submitted.

Immunizations Include:

  • Hepatitis B antibody level (anti-HBs)
  • Hepatitis B surfce antigen (HBsAg)
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis
  • Influenza
Please click HERE for the immunization form.

ATTENTION: Please note, immunizations can take up to three months (or longer) to complete. Therefore, to be assured no disruption to your entry into the QuARMS program, we STRONGLY suggest you start the immunization process as soon as you are accepted into the program!


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