University of Alberta Medicine

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Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
2J2.00 WC Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440 112 St. NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2R7


Phone: (780) 492-6769, (780) 492-9524
Fax: (780) 492-9531
Admissions e-mail:

Program Information


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    • 4 years in length
    • NOTE: only accepts applicants who have a Canadian citizenship or are a permanent resident of Canada.
  • The curriculum is studied as follows:
    • Year 1 and Year 2: Divided into organ system blocks.
    • Year 3: Placed in a standard six main rotation as well as elective experience.
    • Year 4: Further rotations provide opportunity to explore several sub-specialties.

For more information regarding the MD program, please click here

  • Joint Programs are available. Descriptions can be found here

Admission statistics

  • Total number of applicants in 2016: 1,441
  • Class size in 2016: 162
  • A maximum of 15% of spaces are offered for out-of-province applicants
  • International students are not eligible to apply

For more information on the program, click here

Quota Positions

  • The university reserves up to 10 positions per year for applicants who qualify as an Albertan Rural applicant.
  • The university reserves up to 5 positions per year for applicants who qualify as an Indigenous applicant.

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Admission Requirements

Course and Degree Requirements

  • Must be registered in or completed a baccalaureate degree program and obtain degree prior to admission
  • Minimum of 60 transferable units of course weight (ucw)
  • Must be registered in or completed one academic year (September 1st through April 30th) with a full course load; 30 units of course weight which is equivalent to 10 half year courses.

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  • Minimum: 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale) for Albertan residents, 3.50 for non-Albertan residents, and 3.7 for second and third-year applicants
  • Mean Cumulative GPA 2015
    • 4-year applicants: 3.90
    • 2&3-year applicants: 3.97
  • Calculation method:
    • cGPA will be calculated using all transferable post-secondary coursework to which a letter grade was assigned while registered as a full-time student.
    • For those applicants who have completed three or more academic years of transferable post-secondary coursework, the lowest academic year will be excluded from calculation provided that it is not the most recent year, nor the year in which the applicant earned the 30 units of course weight.

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For September 2018 Admission, the MCAT scores must be released and verified by the secondary application by the October 1st 2017 deadline. To comply to this deadline, the MCAT must be taken by August 25th 2017.
As well, the university will only accept MCAT scores from January 2015 and later.

  • Minimum scores:
    • Alberta applicants: 124 in each category
    • Non-alberta applicants: 128 in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, and 124 in each of the other three category
  • The best MCAT scores in one sitting will be considered

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Non-Academic Requirements

Personal Activities

  • Employment Record
  • Awards
  • Leadership Roles
  • Volunteer Work
  • Diversity of Experience

NOTE: You must provide the contact information for someone who can confirm the details for each activity you list above.
For more information on each individual subsection of this part of the application, please click here

Two Reference Letters

  • The applicant must submit the contact information to the Secondary Medicine Application of their references, which will then be contacted through email and prompted to submit the reference letters electronically.
  • References can be previous or current coaches, employers, leaders of committees the applicant was involved with, professors, or even supervisors.
  • The admissions committee will NOT accept references who have family or friend relations to the applicant.

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Additional Testing

  • Once the Secondary Medicine Application has been completed and submitted as well as the applicant meets all academic requirements, they must also complete the additional testing.
  • Online assessment (CASPer) provided by Altus Assessments which can be found by here
  • Costs $60
  • Online testing dates are as follows:
    • October 15th 2017 at 2pm or 5pm EST
    • October 25th 2017 at 5pm or 8pm EST

Supporting Documents

  • Online Undergraduate Application for Admission, available by clicking here
  • Secondary Medicine Application which can be accessed by clicking here
  • Applicants must send their official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions ever attended directly to the Office of the Registrar. For more information, click here
  • Two letters of reference, for more information click here

Evaluation criteria

The university has 162 positions for the MD program, and applicants are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • MCAT
  • Transcripts and cGPA
  • Personal Activities
  • Additional Testing
  • Reference Letters
  • Interview

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  • Interview dates: March 17 & 18, 2018
  • Interview notifications are sent out through the applicants UAlberta email in early to mid February.
  • Applicants who receive an interview invitation can find out more information about the interview weekend by looking at the Candidate Info Website only available to applicants.
  • Type of interview: Multiple Mini Interviews

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Timeline 2017-2018

  • July 18, 2017: Application for fall 2018 opens
  • October 1, 2017: Deadline for initial application, secondary application and supporting documents, verification of MCAT results and submitting official transcripts
  • February 1, 2018: Updated official transcripts must be processed by the Registrar
  • Early to mid February: Interview invitations sent out
  • March 17 & 18, 2018: Interview Weekend
  • Early to mid May: Results of the admission process will be sent to all interviewed applicants
  • May 15, 2018: All offers of admission will be sent out to accepted applicants by this date
  • June 15, 2018: Final transcripts of current year due; TOEFL/TSE score due
  • End of August: Orientation week

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Tuition 2017-2018

  • First year tuition - $7,498.56
  • Total first year fees - $12,044.16 (including program differential fee and tuition)

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For information on financial aid, click here