University of British Columbia Medicine

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Phone: 604-822-4482
Admissions e-mail:

Program Information

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • 4 years in length
  • International students are not eligible to apply.
    • Joint programs are available. Descriptions can be found [1]

Admission statistics

  • Total number of applicants 2015-2016 cycle: 2124 (1467 were BC applicants)
  • Class size in 2015-2016 cycle: 288

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Admission Requirements

Course and Degree Requirements

  • Degree: Minimum 90 credits taken at post-secondary institution – any degree
  • Required Courses
    • English (6 credits)
  • Strongly recommended courses:
    • Biology (6 credits)
    • General Chemistry (6 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry (6 credits)
    • Biochemistry (6 credits)
  • Optional:
    • Physics
    • Statistics
    • Social sciences

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  • Minimum academic average: 75%
  • Median average for entering class 2015-2016: 85.00 - 89.99% (A)

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Minimum scores:

  • OLD MCAT: a minimum of 7 on all numerically scored sections
    • Writing Sample: M
  • NEW MCAT: a minimum score of 124 in each of the four sections*
  • Median scores 2015-2016:
    • OLD MCAT: 33
    • NEW MCAT: 515.07
  • The best eligible overall total score will be used (we look at each individual score to produce the overall total converted score)
  • Test results for the last five years are considered valid except for the VR, PS, BS (no WS) exam, which is only valid until the 2016/2017 application cycle

N.B.If MCAT 2015 has been written, the MCAT 2015 test results will be used For more information, click here

Supporting Documents

  • One official transcript for all previously attended post-secondary institutions
  • MCAT
  • 3 References (only to interviewees)
  • Application fee: BC residents: $117.50 vs. Out-of-Province Applicants: $173.75

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Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic Criteria: conversion of MCAT and GPA to be admitted to an interview
  • Non-academic Criteria:
    • Report of Non-Academic Experiences
    • Employment History
    • Research
    • Awards
    • Interview, when offered
    • Three References (only for applicants invited for an interview)
    • Aboriginal Essay, if applicable
    • Rural Remote Suitability Evaluation, if applicable

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  • Interview Format: MMI
  • Interview Panels: 10 people consisting of a combination of academics, clinicians, community representatives and UBC 3rd or 4th year medical students.

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Timeline 2016-2017 Application

  • June 14, 2016: Online application (OAS) opens
  • August 25, 2016: Last accepted MCAT test date.
  • September 15, 2016, noon Pacific Time: Deadline for submission of applications (including online application, all application fees, all transcripts, and proof of BC residency (if required)).
  • October 1, 2016: Deadline for receipt of MCAT scores via THx system. Valid test dates January 1, 2012 - August 25, 2016.
  • Mid-December, 2016: Deadline to book an interview.
  • February 4-5 and 11-12, 2017: Multiple mini interview weekends held at the Life Sciences Centre, UBC campus.
  • Mid-February, 2017: Supplemental Application deadline (Three reference letters, site preferences, and graduate students must confirm that they will complete their graduate program by July 30, 2017).
  • April 30, 2017: All applicants must complete the minimum of 90 credits and all prerequisite courses.
  • May 2017: Applicants are notified of admissions decisions via their OAS account.
  • June 30, 2017: Final transcripts due. All successful and waitlisted applicants must submit (if applicable) one final, official transcript from institution(s) where applicants completed courses between September 2016 and April 30, 2017.
  • July 30, 2017: Graduate students must provide proof of completion of their program.

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Tuition 2015-2016

  • Tuition: $17,407.24
  • Total First year cost: $21,357.15

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