Educational Requirements

Educational requirements are organized on this page according to program.

For applicants to M.D.,C.M. and joint program

Undergraduate degree requirements

  • The basis of admission degree is a 120 credit (4-year) or equivalent Bachelor's degree from a recognized, 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.
  • 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 MCCQE-part 1 exam from the Medical Council of Canada. USMLE or ECSMG results are not accepted.
  • Degree equivalency from the College des médecins du Québec (requires additional MCC exams).
  • Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR) or "dean's letter" together with the offical medical school academic transcript.

Requirements for international medical graduates applying to first year of MDCM (without advanced standing)

Candidates from all residency cohorts with a degree from a recognized international medical school may apply to the first year of the MDCM program. Educational requirements are the same as for the advanced standing program, with the exception of Degree equivalency from the College des médecins du Québec, which is not required for this pathway.

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.

For applicants to the Preparatory (Med-P) Program


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 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 to be considered competitive. Test scores that do not meet the competitive score may still be considered depending on the pool of applicants that year.
  • 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 34.0 (average approximately 35.2). Applicants with a R score below 32.0 are rarely considered.
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