McMaster University

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Q and A About Admissions

Q: Are some courses better to take than others? What courses should I take?

Just as we do not require prerequisite subjects for the program, we do not favour or discount various academic programs. Many of the successful applicants do come from science backgrounds but this may be, in part, due to the fact that they apply to more than one medical school and must do the prerequisites for the others. It is in your best interest, regardless of academic program, to as least gain some exposure to the basic sciences as well as the social sciences and humanities. The aim is to develop a well-rounded education and also to prepare yourself for alternatives to medicine.

Q: Are people with previous medical degrees eligible to apply to the McMaster Program?

Yes. People with a previous medical degree undertaken outside of Canada or USA are eligible for the program as long as their overall GPA, including their marks in medical school, are equivalent to at least an overall 3.00 on the OMSAS 4.00 scale.

Q: Is a diploma in acupuncture or other technique, from a Canadian college, acceptable as part of the academic requirements?

No. To be eligible, you must have done at least three years of university, degree level work by May of the year of possible admission. However, you must submit a transcript from all post-secondary programs attended, including the above. It does not count for academic eligibility but we want to know about your educational activities.

Q: Is my Law Degree considered an undergraduate or graduate degree?

Law degrees (LLB) in Canadian law schools are undergraduate degrees. This includes Osgood Hall law school. Graduate law degrees will be clearly identified on the transcripts as such.

Q: I did a two year degree completion program. Am I eligible?

Any applicant who has an undergraduate university degree is eligible to apply, even if that degree was obtained in less than three years. Those who have done a two year “degree completion” program must have the degree conferred by the October application deadline. Advanced degrees granted in the absence of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted.

Q: I have a graduate degree but do not have an undergrad degree. Am I eligible to apply?

No. You must have at least three years of undergraduate university work or an undergraduate degree (even if obtained in less than three years). Graduate degrees that were obtained under special circumstances (where the applicant was enrolled without an undergrad degree) are not acceptable.

Q: I left my country as a refugee and cannot obtain a transcript. What should I do?

If you cannot obtain a transcript from your home country, you must attend university for at least two years in Canada before being eligible to apply to the Medical Program. In the absence of verifiable documents (transcripts received directly from your university) McMaster is unable to assess your credentials.

Please note that you must use the services of World Education Services to have your foreign transcript evaluated.

Q: Do you have a policy to admit Aboriginal Students?

Yes. Applicants who wish to be considered under the Aboriginal (First Nation, Inuit or M├ętis) application process will be asked to self-identify, providing the details of their aboriginal ancestry and affiliations. Applicants will also be required to provide a letter or recommendation from their First Nation, Band Council, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation. For more information see Aboriginal Applicants.

Aboriginal applicants will also be required to complete the Undergraduate MD Program application package as provided by the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS). Applicant must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admission as set out for the general pool of candidates and have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 as calculated on the OMSAS 4.00 scale and a score of 6 or higher on the MCAT Verbal Reasoning OR a score of 123 or higher on the MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning, and must complete CASPer.

Q: Is it possible to transfer into the McMaster Program?

No, advanced standing / transfer is not offered. All applicants must complete the full admissions process and all successful applicants begin the program in Medical Foundation 1.

Q: I have a disability. Can I apply?

An applicant with a disability is assessed on their ability to do the “job” of a medical student. The university will do what it can do to accommodate applicants with disabilities as long as, with that accommodation, they can undertake the necessary activities. We have a PDF document, primarily for applicants with a disability, called “Day to Day Activities of a McMaster Medical Student” which described the daily activities of our students.

As well please review the Council of Ontario Facilities of Medicine Policy document entitled Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine (found on the OMSAS website at

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