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Information Technology & Computer Skills Requirements

In an effort to provide a paperless program, the curriculum is presented via electronic means and students will have the option to print the information themselves or use their own information technology (IT) resources.  Therefore, admitted students are expected to have, or have frequent and regular access to, a personal computer with word processing/office suite software, with web browser (Flash-capable), approximately 50 GB of free storage and Wi-Fi connection capabilities.  On campus, students may have access to restricted computer laboratories, laser printers, and limited workstations (

Language Proficiency

Language policy

Application materials may be submitted and interviews are offered in both English and French.  

While there is no required proof of language proficiency, applicants are expected to have a working knowledge of the English and French languages (comprehension, spoken and written) from the outset of the M.D.,C.M. program.

Academic Standards and Essential Skills

Applicants to McGill University's Faculty of Medicine are evaluated and selected on the basis of academic, personal, and extracurricular dimensions. The Faculty admits those candidates who best demonstrate the potential to become excellent physicians. Applicants are therefore expected to demonstrate that they possess the intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the curriculum without altering the essential program elements. Furthermore, the student must meet these requirements within a reasonable period of time.

Medical College Admissions Test® (MCAT®)

What is the MCAT®?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is owned and operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  For information on the test, including testing dates, locations, and preparation materials, consult the AAMC's website below.  Note that the MCAT may be required, optional or not applicable depending on your applicant categoryTo read the admissions office's position on the 2015 MCAT, please see the last paragraph.

Basic Science Prerequisites

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.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

For applicants to medical programs

Exceptions ► Applicants to the M.D.,C.M. program for International Medical Graduates are subject to different degree requirements. Applicants in the Quebec First Nations & Inuit and Quebec Non-Traditional Pathways categories should refer to their respective applicant category pages.