Medical School Application Guide


University of Manitoba


University of Manitoba




Offers a 4 year programme.




International students are not eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements


Applicants must have or be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree by June 30th, 2015 for entry in 2015.


Course requirements


Year 1 Biology and Chemistry, Year 2 Organic Chemistry and Year 2 Biochemistry courses are required to apply. It is advisable to also take a Physics course as well as an English course at university level to help with MCAT questions. Applicants who will write the MCAT 2015 are also recommended to take Psychology and Sociology. Applicants who complete a 4-year major or honors programme may waive up to 12 credit hours of the Humanities/ Social Sciences pre-requisite, however, applicants with a general BSc or BA must complete the full requirement.


A Level and GCSE Requirements


Applicants are given what is called an AGPA (scale of 0 to 4.5) calculated based on all their coursework including summer courses. The minimum requirement is 3.30 out of 4.5 for in-province and out-of-province students. Graduate program courses will not be included in the calculation of the AGPA. International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be included in the calculation if the applicant submits the official IB and AP transcripts by the transcript deadline.


Credits will be dropped to improve the applicants GPA as a function of the number of credits completed in total. If an applicant has completed 120 credits or more, the 30 credits with the lowest grades will be dropped in the calculation of the AGPA. Courses used to fulfil the Biochemistry requirement will always be included in the calculation.


In 2014, successful in province applicants had an average AGPA of 4.22, and out of province applicants had an average AGPA of 4.38.


Number of Credit hours the applicant has completedCredit hours that the admissions committee will drop
90-95 15
96-101 18
102-107 21
108-113 24
114-119 27
120 or more 30


Table. Number of credits dropped in the University of Manitoba AGPA calculation as a function of the number of credits completed.


MCAT requirement


For the 2015-2016 application cycle, test scores are valid between April 2011 and September 12, 2014. A minimum of 7 is required on each section of the MCAT as well as a minimum score of M on the written section. Once these cut-offs have been met, applicants are given an operative MCAT score equal to 0.3 (Verbal Reasoning) + 0.2 (Physical Science) + 0.3 (Biological Science) + 0.2 (Written Sample). The written sample score is converted to a scale where T=14 and M=7. For entry in 2014, the average MCAT scores were 11.01 for successful in-province applicants and 12.72 for successful out-of-province applicants. At the time of writing, the university was unable to give any information on minimum scores for the MCAT 2015.


Selection Formula


Applicants are given a personal assessment score (PAS) based on their personal attributes assessed using reference letters, the application, the list of publications, the interview, etc. Applicants who have competitive AGPAs, MCAT scores and pre interview PAS scores are invited for interview. After the interview, in-province and out-of-province applicants are scored according to the following formula: 15% AGPA, 40% MCAT and 45% post interview PAS.


Applicants with a PhD or master’s


Graduate students are screened using the same formula as undergraduate students on the basis of undergraduate coursework and MCAT criteria. However, applicant’s accomplishments during graduate studies will be taken into account in determining the Personal Assessment Score (PAS).


Application Documents


Three reference letters written by supervisors (or equivalent) should be submitted when the university requests these documents. Official transcripts need to be received by November 2015.


The Interview


The interview is MMI format with approximately 12 stations. Immediately before the MMI, applicants will be given specific instructions. Each group will go through a set number of stations (approximately 12), spending 2 minutes reading a question or situation, and 8 minutes discussing the station with one interviewer. Applicants will be sequestered for approximately five hours to maintain confidentiality regarding that day’s stations.


Application deadline


The deadline for submission of the application form is October 1st, 2015 and transcripts will need to be received by the university by November 1st, 2015. Letters of reference do not need to be submitted until the university asks for them, which will be in February 2016. Interviews are held in February and March 2016.


Application cost


Application fee of $90.


Dual degree programmes


There is a MD/PhD programme available. Applicants must meet all of the current eligibility requirements for the MD programme and must also apply to the MD programme. Applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements for the PhD programme, and may be required to submit supplemental application materials such as a curriculum vitae; a personal letter of intent specific to the MD/PhD programme; and letters of reference focusing on the candidate’s research experience and potential to become a physician scientist.




Deferral requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and should be requested in writing to the university.




Cost of tuition is approximately $8700.


Competition Ratios


In the 2014-2015 application cycle, there were 391 in province applicants, of whom 232 were interviewed and 101 were offered admission for the 96 places available. There were also 254 out-of-province applicants, of whom 25 were interviewed and 22 were offered admission for the 4 places available (there were approximately 31 out-of province students accepted in total including the aboriginal applicant pool). 308 applicants were considered to have rural attributes and among them, 102 were interviewed, with 43 offers of admission for the 38 places available to these applicants.




Admissions, Faculty of Medicine University of Manitoba

260-727 McDermot Avenue

Winnipeg MB R3E 3P5

Tel: 204-789-3929


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