Educational requirements are organized on this page according to program.
For applicants to M.D.,C.M. and joint programs
Undergraduate degree requirements
- The basis of admission degree is a 120 credit (4-year) or equivalent Bachelor's degree from a recognised, accredited institution, in any discipline OR a 90-credit program from a Quebec university where the applicant obtained a diploma of college studies (Diplôme d'études collégiales; "DEC") in a pre-university program.
- Minimum of 60 consecutive graded credits complete at the time of application. Performance in courses not yet completed at the time of application must be comparable to the level of performance seen in the academic records submitted at the time of application. A marked decline in academic performance in the final term(s) may lead to withdrawal of an offer of admission.
- A full course load (e.g. 12-15 credits) is expected in regular sessions. Summer or other interim sessions are acceptable, provided that a full course load is maintained during regular sessions.
- Non-Traditional Pathway applicants may apply to the MDCM program on the basis of a complete undergraduate degree that was undertaken on a part-time basis. *NTP applicants are not eligible to apply to the joint MDCM-PhD and MDCM-MBA programs.
- A-Levels (et al.) / French Baccalaureate (Bacc Français, et al.) / International Baccalaureate (IBO) are not eligible substitutes for a Bachelor’s degree.
Second / alternate degree requirements
- Applicants may be considered on the basis of a second, subsequent undergraduate degree (minimum 60 credits).
- 45 consecutive graded credits must be completed by the November 1 application deadline.
- The remaining 15 credits must be completed by July 31 of the year of entry to medical school, and these must be at a level comparable to that which appears in the academic records submitted at the time of application. A marked decline in academic performance in the final term(s) may lead to withdrawal of an offer of admission.
For applicants holding international medical degrees
Requirements for IMG Program (MDCM with Advanced Standing)
- Medical degree from an an accredited, World Health Organization-recognized institution outside Canada or the United (as listed in the Avicenna Directory for Medicine). Applicants must be in good standing.
- Results of the Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) from the Medical Council of Canada. Applicants with MCCEE scores that are at least 50 points higher than the passing grade are considered competitive. USMLE or ECSMG results are not accepted.
- Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR) or "dean's letter" together with the offical medical school academic transcript.
- Proof of English proficiency: minimal score for TOEFL results are 250 for the computer-based (CBT) version, 600 for the (PBT) paper-based, and 100 for the Internet-based (iBT) version. IMG applicants who have completed their medical studies in English or in French are exempt from submitting language proficiency scores.
Requirements for international medical graduates applying to first year of MDCM (without advanced standing)
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who satisfy current Québec residency requirements and who hold a medical degree awarded by a recognized university outside Canada or the United States of America may be eligible to apply to the first year of the M.D.,C.M. program if:
- official transcripts sent by that university show numerical or letter grades for all courses completed
- the candidates meet the specific requirements of science prerequisites and MCAT
The criteria for selection will be the same for these candidates as for those candidates applying to the MDCM program with a bachelor's degree. The international medical degree (and its grade point average (GPA) will be the degree used as the basis of admission.
Note: Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are international medical graduates and residents of Quebec, who have completed the equivalence requirements, and have received a letter of attestation to this effect from the Collège des médecins du Québec should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education office.
The Faculty of Medicine does not have a GPA cut-off. All complete applications will be considered. However, admission to our programs is highly competitive and the pool of applicants is consistently very strong.
To better inform prospective applicants about the competitiveness of the process, we are providing the following admissions statistics:
- Successful applicants tend to have a DegGPA above 3.5 (average approximately 3.8). Applicants with a DegGPA below 3.4 are rarely considered competitive.
- Successful applicants tend to have a basic science prerequisite GPA (PrereqGPA) above 3.4 (average approximately 3.8), or an MCAT equal to or greater than 30 (for 2014 version or earlier). Applicants taking the 2015 version of the exam need a total score of 508-509+ or a total score in the 80%-ile (or greater) in order be considered competitive. Applicants with a PrereqGPA below 3.0 or with an MCAT below the 80%-ile are rarely considered.
- Non-Traditional Pathways applicants have a degree grade point average (DegGPA) of 3.6 or greater (on 4.0) to be considered within the competitive range. DegGPAs below 3.2 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. The average GPA of NTP applicants invited for interview last year was 3.86.
- The assessment of academic performance for CEGEP-level applicants is based on the overall R score (cote de rendement collégiale). Successful applicants generally have an R score above 33.5 (average approximately 35.2). Applicants with a R score below 32.0 are rarely considered.