Medical School Application Guide


McGill University


McGill University




Offers a 4 year programme.




International students ARE eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements


Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline consisting of 120 credits minimum. Applicants who have successfully obtained a diploma of college studies (Diplôme d’études collégiales; “DEC”) in a pre-university programme can apply with a 90 credit programme from a Quebec university. The degree must have been conducted with an average credit load of 15 credits throughout each regular session and applicants are expected to take every opportunity to complete the programme in the prescribed time. Applicants who feel that their previous undergraduate degree is uncompetitive may choose to complete a second undergraduate degree consisting of at least 45 consecutive grade credits. If this is the case, the highest degree GPA will be used (with the expectation that it is the most recent degree). If the basis of admission is on the academic performance of the second degree, it is understood that the applicant will have that degree completed before matriculation at medical school.


Note that applicants completing their final year of CEGEP in Quebec can apply to the MED-P programme. These students complete one year of science courses with humanities and social science electives. If they achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 with no grades less than B in the mandatory courses, they join the incoming 4-year medical programme students the next year. Requirements for the MED-P programme can be found at http://www.mcgill. ca/medadmissions/programmes-requirements/med-p-programme-requirements.


Course requirements


The prerequisite courses are as follows: 1 full year of biology, chemistry and physics as well as half a year of organic chemistry. All of these should be with labs. Distance or correspondence education courses are not accepted without permission from the admissions office. Prerequisite courses completed more than eight years prior to the date of application are not accepted. Exceptions may be made for applicants with advanced degrees in the material concerned. University level courses in biochemistry, cell and/or molecular biology, and statistics are recommended, but are not required for admission. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, then summer session, evening session or other alternate sessions may be accepted if the course is university-level and is credited or can count toward the required semester-hours in the given subject. Summer or other interim session courses are discouraged when the purpose is to reduce the credit load in regular sessions. All of the basic science pre-requisite course work must be completed prior to the application deadline. The university accepts AP and IB credit toward course requirements at the discretion of the admissions office. As a rule of thumb, AP Sciences with a score of 4 and higher and IB sciences taken at the “higher level” with scores greater than or equal to 5 are acceptable to fulfil the basic sciences.


A-level and GCSE Requirements


There is no strict GPA threshold for consideration. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale to be considered competitive. GPA below 3.4 are rarely considered. Courses that are completed after the undergraduate degree are not counted in the GPA calculation. Interviewed applicants’ average GPA in the 2014-2015 cycle was 3.78.


MCAT requirement


The MCAT is optional for applicants applying with degrees from Canadian universities. CEGEP applicants are exempt from taking the MCAT. Students who are applying with a degree obtained outside of Canada must submit MCAT scores. This includes students who completed their first bachelors degree in Canada and a second bachelor’s degree outside Canada, who would like to be considered on the basis of their second degree. For the 2015-2016 cycle, both 2014 and 2015 versions of the MCAT will be accepted. The 2014 version is acceptable for 5 years after the last test administration. Competitive applicants generally have written the exam only once or twice, with a minimum MCAT score of 30. The highest overall MCAT results out of all attempts are used for the application. The average score is approximately 33, and applicants with scores below 27 are not usually considered.


Selection Formula


Applicants are first divided into categories (in-province traditional, in-province non-traditional, CEGEP graduates, out-of-province students and international students). Applicants are then compared to other applicants in their category. The students are given a preliminary ranking based on their academic evaluation which is mainly based in the undergraduate GPA performance but graduate coursework, MCAT and academic context are also considered.  Academic context refers to average credit load in regular sessions, improvement of performance over time, difficulty and reputation of the programme, etc. Those who rank well in their cohort in this stage of the application have their non-academic qualities scored through their CV, CV highlights and personal statement. The university looks at the non academic evaluation for 4 to 6 times the number of candidates they intend to interview. In order to determine which candidates will be invited for interviews, results of academic and supplemental document evaluation are weighted as follows: 70% academic, 30% personal statement and CV highlights. After the interview, applicants are given a final score with a weighting of 80% for the MMI and 20% for the basic science performance.


Applicants with a PhD or master’s


While completed graduate degrees are considered in the review of an application, applicants should know that the undergraduate cumulative GPA scores are the major consideration in measuring academic performance. There are no special admissions criteria or special consideration for students who have completed a master’s degree or a PhD.


International applicants


International applicants must submit with their application a letter or official statement issued by the responsible authorities in their country indicating that their country recognizes the medical degree awarded by the faculty of medicine at McGill University and that this degree will enable them to practice medicine in their country. This is generally the case even for US applicants. International applicants are required to submit MCAT scores.


Application Documents


Applicants are required to have official academic transcripts of every post-secondary educational institution attended sent to the admissions office. In addition, applicants are required to submit an aggregated academic history workbook. This contains the student’s entire history of higher learning including post-secondary, undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants are also required to submit a standard CV with set headings. A template can be found on this website: A one page appendix is also required to include contacts who can verify the information in your CV, especially work, research, and community service. A second appendix is permitted, if necessary, for applicants with numerous entries under “research, publications and scholarly activities”. Finally, a one page structured narrative reflecting on the experiences you entered in the CV section should be submitted, responding to the following questions:


(a) How have these experiences helped shape and prepare you for a career in medicine?

(b) What do you think could be strengthened or improved?

(c) Tell us something about you that DOES NOT appear in your CV, but which you believe is pertinent to the Admissions Committee’s consideration of your candidacy.


The Interview


The interview is conducted in the MMI format. The stations can be task oriented, simulation or scenario oriented, or discussion oriented. There are approximately 10 stations.


Application deadline


The application for the MD programme is due on November 1st. The application deadline for CEGEP students is March 1st.


Application cost


Application fee is approximately $102.20


Dual degree programmes


The university offers several combined programmes:


1. MDCM/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program: 6-year programme. Students will receive an M.D.C.M. degree from the Faculty of Medicine and a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Faculty of Dentistry.

2. MDCM/Ph.D: 7 year combined clinical and academic medicine programme 

3. MDCM/MBA: 5 year programme preparing physicians for leadership positions in the health care sector More information about each programme can be found on the school website.




Admission may be deferred for a period of one year at the discretion of the Office of Admissions, only after the offer is accepted. Requests must be received in writing.




Quebecois: Approximately $2159 - $4773 per year.

Other Canadians: Approximately $6308 - $13,945 per year.

International: Approximately $16,280 - $35, 988 per year


Competition Ratios


For 2015 fall entry, there were 1993 applicants for an anticipated 91 seats. In 2014 entry, there were 883 in province applicants, of whom 227 were interviewed and 94 offered a place. There were 946 out of province applicants, of whom 48 were interviewed and 13 offered a place. Finally, there were 130 international applicants, of whom 21 were interviewed and 3 offered a place.




Office of Admissions,

Equity & Diversity Faculty of Medicine McGill University

1010 Sherbrooke St. W., Suite 1210 Montreal,



Tel: (+1) 514-398-3517


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