Medical School Application Guide

 

Extra courses after undergraduate degree

 

Some students who do not gain admission before completing their undergraduate degree choose to do additional years of full-time undergraduate courses after graduating. This can be more or less advantageous than gaining work experience or completing a graduate degree depending on which schools they are applying to. The table below summarizes each school’s policy on additional courses taken after an undergraduate degree.

 

 UniversityOut-of-Province positions
Western Canada
University of Alberta Full years completed after the undergraduate degree will be counted in the cumulative GPA, provided they are completed between September and April and consist of 18 or more credits transferrable to the University of Alberta. Note also that for students who have completed 4 or more years of postsecondary study, the University of Alberta will drop the lowest year’s GPA from their calculation of the applicant’s cumulative GPA, provided the lowest GPA year is not the most recent completed year and is not the only year where the applicant completed a full 30 credit course-load.
University of British Columbia All university courses are counted in the GPA calculation, including those completed after the undergraduate degree. Applicants who have completed 90 credits at the time of application are eligible to have the academic year with the lowest GPA dropped from the calculation (if the lowest academic year had more than 30 credits, the 30 lowest credits are dropped).
University of Calgary For applicants with completed graduate degrees at the time of application, the overall GPA in their graduate degree is counted as equivalent to one full time year of undergraduate studies. For applicants withmultiplegraduatedegrees, the GPA for each separate degree is added to the undergraduate degree. Note that the graduate GPA does not replace the undergraduate one, but only supplements it. It should also be noted that a 10 year rule has recently been introduced, which, if invoked, excludes from GPA calculations all academic work which is undertaken more than 10 years ago.
University of Manitoba Undergraduate courses completed after the undergraduate degree will be counted in the AGPA calculation. Note that courses taken toward master’s degrees or PhDs are not counted.
University of Saskatchewan Normally, courses taken after the undergraduate degree are only taken into account in the GPA requirement if they are leading to another degree. However, applicants planning to take an extra year after their degree are encouraged to contact the admissions office to see if their extra year will be eligible for consideration. This should be done in the fall of their extra year or earlier.
Ontario
McMaster University Full years completed after the undergraduate degree, both in general studies or as part of another undergraduate degree, will be counted in the GPA calculation. Note that courses taken toward master’s degrees or PhDs are not counted.
Queen’s University Full years completed after the undergraduate degree, both in general studies or as part of another undergraduate degree, will be counted toward meeting the minimum GPA cutoff. Note that courses taken toward master’s degrees or PhDs are not counted.
Northern Ontario School of Medicine Additional undergraduate courses completed after a degree is awarded are not used in the GPA unless these grades are part of a second undergraduate degree that will be completed prior to June 30th of the year of potential enrollment.
University of Ottawa Additional undergraduate courses completed after a degree is awarded are not used in the GPA unless these grades are part of a second undergraduate degree that is at least three years in length.
University of Toronto Full years completed after the undergraduate degree, both in general studies or as part of another undergraduate degree, will be counted in the GPA calculation provided the applicant is enrolled in full-time study.
University of Western Ontario Applicants who have earned a degree from a recognized university may elect to continue in full-time undergraduate studies so that their academic standing may be improved for application to medical school. Only the first special year taken by the applicant will be considered for determination of GPA. A special year will only be considered if it contains five full courses or equivalent taken between September and April. First year courses, repeat courses, and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite are not acceptable in the special year.
Quebec and Maritimes
McGill University Courses that are completed after the undergraduate degree are not counted in the GPA calculation. The only exception to this is if an applicant completes a second undergraduate degree. In this case, the highest degree GPA will be used.
Dalhousie University If an applicant completes a full academic year after their undergraduate degree, this can count toward meeting the minimum GPA requirement (which is based on meeting a cutoff in each of the last two years of full-time study), provided the grades are available from the supplemental year at the time of application.
Memorial University All courses taken are taken into account in the GPA calculation, including those that are not part of the undergraduate degree.

 

Table. Canadian medical school policies on additional courses taken after an undergraduate degree programme. Information obtained from the schools’ websites and from speaking with the admissions offices directly.

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