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International residents with an undergraduate degree

Category Code: MD-INTL

Eligibility (Summary)

An applicant is eligible to apply as a member of this category if he or she (a) requires a permit to study in Canada (not as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident), (b) will have, before July 31 of the entering year, an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree for admission as per the Degree requirements(c) has written an MCAT in the last 5 years with results available before the submission deadline (see 'Key dates' below) if the university degree was completed outside of Canada and, (d) adheres to all other general and educational requirements.

International applicants selected for admission must have a student authorization by the date of registration. Instructions to apply for a student authorization are available with the offer of admission. Applicants for this authorization must be able to prove to the Canadian Department of Immigration that they have adequate funds to complete the entire undergraduate medical program.

A medical degree does not necessarily confer the right to practice. It is the personal responsibility of the international (non-US) students to ensure that all the licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practise medicine are fulfilled. International students must submit, along with the application, a letter or official statement issued by the responsible authorities in their country indicating that its recognition of the medical degree awarded by the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and that this degree will enable the holder of the degree to practice medicine in their country. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.

As of the Fall 2015 admission cycle, international applicants who completed a bachelor's degree in Canada are not required to submit an MCAT score in support of their application.

International applicants may apply to the M.D.,C.M., M.D.,C.M. & M.B.A. or M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. program. Because all three programs have M.D.,C.M. as their foundation, applicants need only submit one application to their preferred program.  There is no quota for combined-program applications.

Key dates

The following dates are for the Fall 2017 entry and are subject to change without notice. There is no winter or summer intake.

  • Applications open: September 1, 2016
  • Application deadline:  November 1, 2016
  • Submission deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Target date for sending preliminary selections: January 13, 2017
  • Interview dates: March 20-23, 2017

Key numbers and statistics

  • Anticipated number of seats available for Fall 2017: Up to 2

The following is presented simply for reference. It does not offer any predictive validity.

  • Average number of applicants: 68
  • Average number of interviewed candidates: 13
  • Average GPA of interviewed candidates: 3.88

Special notes

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada has adopted a new way of identifying postsecondary institutions in Canada. CIC has assigned unique ID numbers to each institution. McGill University’s new CIC unique identifier is O19359011033. Effective June 14, 2014 international students will need to include this number on their applications when applying for a Canadian Study Permit.
  • The Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec requires Canadians from other provinces or territories and foreign nationals holding a study permit who wish to register for medical school in Quebec  to sign a contract in order to register in a medical  training program in Quebec. If you are granted an offer of admission, your registration will be conditional upon your agreeing to the terms of the contract, which stipulates that if you choose to stay in Quebec to practice there is a return-of-service clause or a fine.
  • Applicants should have a degree grade point average (DegGPA) of 3.5 or greater to be considered competitive.   DegGPAs below 3.2 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.  Priority is given to those with higher DegGPAs.
  • Applicants from the United Kingdom education system must have obtained A-Levels and a 3-year Bachelor's degree in order to apply.
  • Applicants from the French education system should have a baccalauréat français followed by a Dipôme de 1er cycle (Licence) in order to apply.
  • Interviews are by invitation only.  Selected candidates will be notified of their interview date by e-mail.  In-person attendance is compulsory and there is no option to reschedule.  Candidates for the joint programs may be called to additional interviews (not necessarily on the same date).
  • * Interview dates presented are shared with Out-of-Province and In-Province (University-Level) candidates.