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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I determine if I am eligible to apply to Schulich Medicine?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  2. Have completed or be in the final year of a program leading to a 4-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university, and expect to have obtained your degree by the end of the academic year in which application is being made. 
  3. Meet the minimum GPA in each of your two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April.
  4. Meet the minimum score in each section of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). 

Is there a preferred undergraduate program that will increase my chances of getting into Schulich Medicine?

There is no prescribed “pre-med” program. Students at Schulich are selected from programs representing a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities, and science, to name just a few. No preference is given to any specific programs.

What are the prerequisite courses?

Schulich Medicine no longer has prerequisite courses.  A mixture of biological/medical science courses and social science/humanities courses is recommended.

What are the course level requirements in my undergraduate years?

Each of the two years used for the GPA requirement must have at least 3 full course equivalents whose published academic level is at or above the year of study.

This means:

  • In your 1st year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 1st year-level or above
  • In your 2nd year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 2nd year-level or above
  • In your 3rd year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above
  • In your 4th year of study 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above. Note: A mix of 3rd and 4th year courses to make up the 3 full course equivalents is acceptable in the fourth year
  • If you do a 5th year of study prior to graduating, 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above (as for the fourth year)

These course level restrictions apply only to the 2 years used for the GPA requirement.

Please note, only one full or equivalent Pass/Fail credit will be permissible in each of the two years being considered for GPA.

How does Schulich Medicine determine who receives an interview and who doesn’t?

In February of each year, email invitations will be sent to approximately 450 applicants to be interviewed during the two interview weekends held in March and April. In order to be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet the minimum GPA and MCAT scores as posted on our website.

Minimum GPA and MCAT scores depend on the quality of the applicants in each of the regular, Southwestern Ontario, and Indigenous pools and may vary for each applicant pool. Visit our GPA & MCAT Minimums page to see last year's cutoffs.

Please Note: Possession of the minimum GPA and MCAT does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.

How does Schulich Medicine determine who is from Southwestern Ontario?

The Schulich Medicine Admissions Committee's definition of Southwestern Ontario consists of the following counties: Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, and Essex.  If you attended and graduated from high school in one of these counties, you would be considered a Southwestern Ontario applicant.

Please note that all Southwestern Ontario applicants are required to submit an original high school transcript when registering for the interview. 

Besides GPA and MCAT scores, what other factors are considered important for acceptance into Schulich Medicine?

Do not become totally focused on your studies alone… variety is the spice of life! Be aware of what is going on around you, at the local, national, and international level. Extra-curricular activities, as well as volunteer and/or community service are all very important. First and foremost, we look for well-rounded students.

How does the admission process work if I am a graduate student?

Effective July 1, 2016, for the 2016-17 application cycle, applicants who are completing thesis-based master's must have completed all requirements for their graduate degree. Final transcripts showing that all requirements for their graduate degree have been completed (or a letter attesting to the same) must be received by OMSAS no later than June 30th. Applicants who are enrolled in a course-based master's at the time of application must have completed all requirements by August 15th. A letter of good standing indicating there are no concerns with meeting all requirements of the course-based master's degree must be received at OMSAS no later than June 30th.

Schulich Medicine does not take graduate courses into consideration for the GPA; only undergraduate years are used. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a master’s program are encouraged to make inquiries about our MD/PhD program. For further information, please visit the MD/PhD website.

What about if I am a part-time undergraduate student?

It is acceptable to attend university on a part-time basis and still be considered for admission to Schulich Medicine. However, two years must be spent in full-time study (September to April) in which the minimum of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) have been taken concurrently.

Students who choose to take further undergraduate part-time years after obtaining an undergraduate degree will not be penalized in the admissions process.

What if I complete my undergraduate degree in less than four years?

Applicants who complete the requirements of a four-year undergraduate degree (20 full or equivalent courses) in less than four years may apply to the medical program without penalty. However, they will still be judged on the GPA achieved in their two best years during which they have completed a full course load (5 full or equivalent courses taken between September and April).

How is the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated?

The minimum GPA, as set by the Admissions Committee, must be met in EACH of the two best undergraduate years. All GPAs are calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale

Only those undergraduate years in which at least 5 full or equivalent courses are taken between September and April, with at least 3 full course equivalents whose published academic level is at or above the year of study, will be used in the calculation of the GPA.  Academic transcripts must show clearly that applicants have met the the course-load requirement of 5 full or equivalent courses with 30 or more credit hours for full-time study.

When students take more than 5 full courses during any September to April academic year, the five best full or equivalent courses will be used in the calculation of GPA admission cutoffs.  

Applicants should be aware, however, that regardless of the requirements of their degree programs, part-time years cannot be considered for the purposes of GPA cutoffs. Students who complete a degree with a year amounting to less than a full course load cannot have that year counted toward the GPA requirement.

I would like to use the GPA from my fourth year. Do I need to take three of five courses at the fourth-year level?

If the fourth year is one of the 2 years you would like to use for the GPA requirement, 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the third-year level or above.

How does Schulich Medicine consider the GPA of co-op students?

If applicants are enrolled in a co-op degree program, Schulich will consider the 2 best "academic years" consisting of the two terms which combine to complete one of the mandatory “years” of the program, e.g. Terms 3A and 3B.  We will not consider two terms belonging to different academic years. Three of 5 full course equivalents must be at or above level of the year of study.

I have a clinical placement which is graded as pass/fail. It is part of the requirements for my degree. Am I still eligible to apply?

We will consider individuals completing undergraduate studies which require clinical placements. Please note, however, that we cannot consider years which include more than 1 full or equivalent pass/fail course for the GPA requirement. This allows us to evaluate candidates on their GPA more equitably.

I am still in school but only have one year which meets the minimum GPA. Am I still eligible to apply?

If you have one undergraduate year which meets the minimum GPA and are currently enrolled in full-time studies, you are eligible to apply. If you were to receive an offer of admission, it would be conditional on meeting the minimum GPA in your current year of study (with 5 full course equivalents at the requisite levels).

Does Schulich Medicine allow applicants to take additional undergraduate years after they have graduated to improve their academic standing?

Applicants who have earned a degree from a recognized North American university, may elect to continue in full-time undergraduate studies (a so-called special year) so that their academic standing may be improved for application to medical school. Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the GPA cutoff, and 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 or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. First-year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite are not acceptable in the special year. 

What if I already have an undergraduate degree but am working towards or have recently completed a second undergraduate degree?

Applicants who embark on a second undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply during the final year of their new program. In order to be considered for GPA purposes, the second degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree. In this situation, GPA consideration will be based only on the two best years of the second degree program. Course load and course level requirements for the second degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree. Applicants who are given a conditional offer must complete all program requirements for the second degree by June 30th.

How are repeated, antirequisite, and summer courses looked at?

Schulich Medicine does not accept repeat or antirequisite courses. If a course is repeated, that course is not counted in the course load for that year, nor is it factored into the GPA calculation for that year. Therefore, if you take 5 full or equivalent courses from September to April but one of them is a repeat course, we will consider that year to have less than a full course load and it will not be considered for GPA purposes.

Summer courses are not counted in the overall GPA for interview and admission consideration and will not be counted as part of the September to April course load.

How does Schulich Medicine consider MCAT scores?

MCAT scores are used both to screen applicants for interview and subsequently to assist in rank ordering applicants. If you do not meet the required minimums in each section as set by the Admissions Committee, your application will not be considered. 

The MCAT currently assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics as well as facility with scientific problem-solving and critical thinking. The skills and concepts tested are those identified by physicians and medical educators as prerequisites for the practice of medicine. 

MCAT test results will be accepted provided the test was written no more than five years prior to the current OMSAS application deadline. If the MCAT is written more than once, scores from the most recent writing of the MCAT are used.

Please note: for the 2017-18 application cycle, all applicants must have written the MCAT test introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT test will no longer be valid.

The MCAT Essentials PDF document describes the test in detail and can be downloaded from the AAMC website. For information on MCAT registration, please contact the AAMC directly at:

What if I meet the meet the minimum MCAT score in all but one section?

Schulich Medicine takes into account each section of the MCAT independently for admission. You must meet the minimum score in EACH section in order for your application to be considered.

As stated on our GPA & MCAT Minimums page, applicants from Southwestern Ontario are granted some flexibility with the minimum scores in the individual sections of the MCAT (as long as the combined total is met).

If I write the MCAT in August/September of the year applying can I still apply?

Yes, as long as the MCAT is written prior to the application deadline. Please note, it takes two business days for OMSAS to receive your scores after they are released.

Will Schulich accept my scores from the "old version" of the MCAT (written before the updated 2015 version?)

For the 2016-17 application cycle, Schulich Medicine will accept MCAT scores from tests taken within the last five years. If the MCAT is written more than once, scores from the most recent writing of the MCAT are used.

Effective July 1, 2017, for the 2017-18 application cycle, all applicants must have written the MCAT test introduced in April 2015. Test scores from the previous version of the MCAT test will no longer be valid.

What if I appeal my MCAT results and my scores are to be revised?

 All applicants must request the AAMC to submit results of the revised MCAT directly to the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS). Once we have received the revised scores from OMSAS we will use them in assessing your application.

Does Schulich Medicine give any consideration for Indigenous Persons and/or residents of Southwestern Ontario?

Schulich Medicine is committed to improving the health care delivery and health human resources in Southwestern Ontario and Indigenous communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have indicated on their OMSAS application that they are from rural/regional communities in Southwestern Ontario and/or from the Indigenous communities. There is no limitation on the number of seats available to applicants from Southwestern Ontario.

Schulich Medicine has designated three seats in each entering class for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.  Please see our Indigenous Applicants page for more details.

Are there any combined programs available at Schulich Medicine?

Yes, there are currently two combined programs: the MD/PhD program and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/Master of Science program.

MD/PhD Program

  • Three seats will be set aside each year for applicants to the MD/PhD program.
  • For further information, please visit the MD/PhD program website.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/MSc Program

  • One seat will be set aside each year for applicants to the OMFS/MD/MSc program.
  • For further information, please visit the OMFS program website.

Does Schulich Medicine accept transfer students?

Transfer consideration is restricted to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada currently enrolled in a Canadian medical school. For additional information on transfer into our undergraduate Medical program please refer to the Statement on Transfer of Student for Program Studies in UME.

As part of the post admission process, what if I don't receive an all clear status on my police check?

In the rare instance where an applicant does not receive "all clear" status, the applicant may request a hearing before the Police Record Check Committee. The Committee's decision is final.

If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which you have not received a pardon, you are strongly urged to consult with your provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons, as medical graduates with criminal records may not be eligible to receive licensure to practice medicine.