Medical School Application Guide


Northern OntariSchool of Medicine


Northern OntariSchool of Medicine




Offers a 4 year programme.




International students are NOT eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements


Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree. Mature applicants (25 years of age or older by the application deadline) may apply with a three-year degree.


Course requirements


There are no prerequisite course requirements, however, it is recommended that applicants who majored in science should complete at least 2 full-year course equivalents in arts, social sciences and/or humanities while those who have majored in arts, social sciences and/or humanities should complete at least 2 full year course equivalents in science subjects.


A-level and GCSE Requirements


A minimum GPA of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale is required to apply. The GPA is calculated using all undergraduate courses completed as part of the undergraduate degree. 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. For an applicant, applying as a non-mature student applicant, who has completed two four-year undergraduate degrees, the GPA will be calculated on each of the degrees, and the best GPA will be used for scoring. This applies if the combination of degrees includes a three year degree along with the completion of a four-year degree. The average GPA for the 2014 entering class was 3.83 on a 4.00 scale.


MCAT requirement


The MCAT is not required.


Selection Formula


Once the GPA cutoff is met, applicants are given a pre interview score based on their GPA, their autobiographical sketch from the OMSAS application, the admissions questionnaire (an additional section in the OMSAS application specific to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine) and their context - context being primarily based on the places in which they have lived for one year or more. The scoring weight of each component is approximately one-third. Advantage is given to students from within Northern Ontario, rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada, and Aboriginal and Francophone applicants. There are a few ways that applicants can qualify as Francophone students including having a diploma from a secondary school taught in French. After the interview, the entire application is taken into account in selecting students for admission - based on a combination of the pre-interview (50%) and the interview (50%) scores and a complete file review.


For the 2014-2015 application cycle, the 90 minute Computer-Based Assessment for Personal Characteristics (CASPer) was trialled as an assessment tool for use in future admission cycles. Please see the ‘Other requirements’ section under McMaster University for more information. The results were not used in the 2015 selection process, however successfully completing it was a mandatory pre-requisite for applicant eligibility.


Applicants with a PhD or master’s


Applicants who provide proof of convocation from a graduate degree prior to December 30th of the application year will be considered for admission based on the GPA of their undergraduate degree. However, applicants who fulfil the minimum GPA of 3.0 will have 0.2 added to their GPA. Applicants will not get additional points added to their GPA for having more than one graduate degree.


Application Documents


The documents required are those required by OMSAS for all Ontario medical schools (see above in OMSAS section), as well as an additional questionnaire specific to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.


The Interview


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine uses the Multiple Mini Interview format. Interviews are held in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay in March and April of each year.


Application deadline


See application deadline through OMSAS above.


Application cost


See application fees through OMSAS above.


Dual degree programmes


There are no dual degree programmes available.




Deferrals are not usually granted, although they are considered in exceptional circumstances. Requests are received

through the Office of Admissions.




A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required at the time of acceptance. Tuition fees are $21,254.


Competition Ratios


For the 2014 entering class, 2115 applications were received and 317 applicants were interviewed for a total of 64 places in the class. Of the students applying, x were from in province and x were from out of province. Of the students admitted, 59 were from in province and 5 were from rural and remote areas in the rest of Canada. The 64 places include 36 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario (East Campus) and 28 are at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario (West Campus). Applications are made to the school without designation of preference for a particular campus. Candidates are asked to indicate their preferred campus at the interview.




Northern Ontario School of Medicine

MS 2003 Office of Admissions & Learner Recruitment

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1

Canada Tel: (807) 766 7463


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