Medical School Application Guide


University of Alberta


University of Alberta




Offers a 4 year programme.




International students are not eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements


Successful completion of at least two full years of undergraduate studies (60 credits).


A Level and GCSE Requirements


For the 2015/16 admissions cycle and onward pre-requisite courses will no longer be required.

The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for applicants with four or more years of post-secondary transferable course work is 3.3 out of 4.0 for Alberta residents and 3.5 out of 4.0 for non-Alberta residents on the University of Alberta 4.0 scale. The minimum cumulative GPA for two- year and three-year applicants is 3.7 out of 4.0. The number of years completed is determined by how many years you will have completed by April 30th of the year following the submission of your application.


Also note that courses taken during spring and summer sessions are not counted in the full-time study requirements nor in the cumulative GPA requirements. 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 post-secondary 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.


MCAT requirement


Scores from the new 2015 MCAT exam scores will only be accepted. MCAT scores from 2014 or earlier will not be accepted.


Selection Formula


Applicants are separated into 3 pools, each with different entrance cut-offs: Albertan, Non-Albertan and second/third year undergraduate applicants. There are also 10 places for rural applicants and 3 for aboriginal applicants. Applicants are then ranked for interview based on a pre interview score.


See table below for details on how the pre-interview score is calculated. After the interview, applicants are ranked for admission based on their pre interview scores, the interview and their reference letters.


 AlbertaNon-Albertan2nd and 3rd year applicants**
Minimum Cut-offs 3.3 on 4.0 scale* 3.5 on 4.0 scale* 3.7 on 4.0 scale


All Applicants


Pre-interview score Cumulative average of University years
Pre-requisite courses
Personal Activities
27 points
13 points
0 points
30 points
Overall rank score for selection Pre-Interview score (see above)
Letters of Reference
Completion of master’s degree
Completion of PhD
30 points
+1 point
+3 points


Table. Minimum cutoffs and selection factor weightings at the University of Alberta.


*The lowest year’s GPA is dropped under certain conditions for students with 4 or more years of post-secondary education.


**Students applying in their second or third year of full-time undergraduate study.


Applicants with a PhD or master’s


Courses taken during the PhD or Master’s programme will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA if the unit of course weight during the academic year is 18 credits or higher. Graduate students also benefit from the deletion of the lowest year GPA in the same way that undergraduate applicants do. Applicants who have obtained a master’s degree or PhD by thesis may be asked to provide the name and address of the Chair of their Defense Committee so that an evaluation of their thesis may be obtained. Additional points may be allocated to the application.


Application Documents


The University of Alberta does not require any essays but does require 5 descriptions related to the applicant’s extracurricular activities:


  • Employment record
  • Awards and achievements
  • Leadership roles
  • Volunteer work
  • Diversity of Experience
  • Additional information


Each of these should include a brief description as well as contact details of someone in charge such as the employer or a mentor. Applicants must provide at least one entry and can provide a maximum of four entries for each type of personal activity.


The application also requires 2 reference letters from people who know the applicant well. Referees are asked to answer specific questions on the form:


  • Should the applicant be admitted and why
  • Would you have the applicant as your physician and why 
  • Please address the applicants moral and ethical characteristics?
  • Please comment on any outstanding strengths or weaknesses of the applicant.


The Interview


The interview is MMI format which includes approximately eight stations taking 10 minutes each. At each station, the interviewee will be provided with a question and allocated two minutes to read the question and formulate an appropriate response. After these two minutes, the interviewee will discuss their response with an interviewer for the remaining eight minutes before moving to the next station.


Application deadline


Last year, application materials including reference letters, MCAT scores and all post-secondary education completed transcripts were due on October 1st, 2014.


February 1st is the deadline for receipt of two official transcripts with results of the first term. The final transcripts of the current year of study need to be submitted by June 15, 2015.


Application cost


The application fee is $75 for University of Alberta students, $115 for all other students.




Tuition fees are $12,044.16 per year


Competition Ratios


Approximately 85% of the 162 seats available were assigned to Albertan applicants while the remaining 15% are assigned to non-Albertans. In 2014, there were 1,649 applicants for the 162 places available. 124 fourth year applicants, 25 second/third year applicants, 10 rural applicants and 3 aboriginal applicants were admitted.


Dual degree programmes


The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the School of Business offer a programme of combined study which allows the opportunity to earn both the MD and MBA degrees within five years, with students applying for leave between years two and three of the MD program.


The MD/PhD programme is also an option which allows students to obtain both the MD degree and a PhD degree. However, admittance to the MD programme must have already been gained.




Deferrals are not offered. 



Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Admissions

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

1-002 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

T6G 2E1

Tel: (780) 492-6769

Tel: (780) 492-9524

Fax: (780) 492-9531#



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