Applicants are required to have finished a majority of their basic science prerequisites (including labs) at the time of application. All of the basic science pre-requisites (at the college or university-level) must be completed by January 15 of the year they will start their medical studies.
Please note that the admissions office expects you to have at least 5 out of 7 of your basic science pre-requisites finalized (with official grades submitted) by the application deadline of November 1st. No more than 2 courses can be outstanding by the time of application, and if applicable, all remaining science pre-requisites must be completed by January 15 at the latest.
To learn more about the basic scientific concepts needed to apply to medicine at McGill, please read the following document: basic_concepts2016.pdf
- minimum credits do not include compulsory laboratory or practical work;
- grades of "Pass/Fail" (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or of similar schema are not acceptable in coursework; numerical or letter-class grades are required. Academic performance within these course will be considered;
- courses completed more than eight (8) years before the application deadline will not be considered;
- distance or correspondence education courses will be considered by the Admissions Office.
- The assessment of basic science performance is based upon a candidate's academic results in the relevant science prerequisite courses as undertaken either in college, university, or acceptable pre-university alternatives as described in the requirements. Advanced studies in the basic sciences may also be considered in this assessment. Candidates seeking an exemption or substitution for the basic sciences are encouraged to contact the admissions office between June and September of the year they wish to apply to medicine. The Admissions Office reserves the right not to consider requests for exemption or substitution for basic sciences after September 30.
- Though not required, university-level courses in physiology, molecular biology and cell biology & metabolism are strongly recommended. Knowledge of statistics and genetics is also useful in the context of the MDCM curriculum.
- Candidates applying to the MDCM program who have completed the seven required prerequisite courses and who have also completed introductory level university courses in molecular biology, cell biology, mammalian physiology and organic chemistry will be evaluated on whichever of the two is the most favourable to the candidate.
- If you have already completed a bachelor's degree, then Summer session, evening session or other alternate sessions may be accepted if the course is university-level and is credited or can count toward the required semester-hours in the given subject. Summer or other interim session courses are discouraged when the purpose is to reduce the credit load in regular sessions.
- Acceptable alternatives include: Advanced Levels (UK System), IBO Courses (Higher Level), French Baccalaureate année Terminale, Série S courses, AP results (CollegeBoard, Inc.).
- Concordia University offers several entry-level biology courses, not all of which include laboratory work. Many successful applicants who have taken Biology at Concordia have taken the following: (1) BIOL 201, and either (2a) BIOL 225 with BIOL 227, or (2b) BIOL 226 with BIOL 227. It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.
- The University of Toronto has a different layout for chemistry courses when it comes to students who do not major in Chemistry. We are often asked how one can properly complete the chemistry courses requirements in this context. Many successful applicants from the University of Toronto have CHM138 and 139, along with CHM 220 and another chemistry-related course —including Biochemistry— that has laboratory work (e.g. CHM 217, CHM 238, CHM 247, CHM 249, BCH 370, ...). It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.
- If registered in the B.H.Sc.(H) program at McMaster, the courses HTH SCI 1I06, along with 2F03 and 2FF3, are considered as fulfilling the biology requirement. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.