Admission to the Faculty of Medicine is highly competitive and meeting the eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
In the past few years, about 3000 applications have been received per cycle; about 500 interviews conducted for approximately 180 available positions in the first year class
We work hard to maintain a fair and balanced selection process. We attend to current best-practices with respect to the predictive validity of the tools we use (such as the multiple mini-interviews), and seek through our processes to appreciate each applicant's unique trajectory and perspective, life experiences, and accomplishments – as factors that can be recognized and understood for their value in a future career in medicine.
Note: Applications are evaluated according to applicant category.
Note: Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill University does not have a legacy admission program. Admission to the Faculty of Medicine is based solely on academic and competency-based criteria. Letters of support from alumni, friends and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application.
Preliminary assessment: Getting to the interview
Step 1 ► Academic evaluation
An evaluation of academic performance is conducted for all complete applications. There is no strict GPA threshold for consideration. Academic records are evaluated and ranked in comparison with others in the same applicant category.
Step 2 ► Evaluation of non-academic criteria
The non-academic criteria are assessed through the online CASPer test (20%) and the CV supporting document (CVMD) (10%). You can read more about the CASPer test here.
Based on the academic evaluation, only competitive applications proceed to a review of the non-academic assessment (CASper Score and CV). The non-academic assessment is carried out for approximately 4 to 6 times the number of candidates we intend to interview. For example, if we intend to interview 50 people in a particular applicant category, the CVs of the top 200-300 files in that cohort are evaluated.
Step 3 ► Determining the interview invitation list
In order to determine which candidates will be invited to interviews, results of academic and supplemental document evaluation are weighted as follows:
|For all applicants|
Final assessment: Getting an offer
For applicants invited to the multiple mini-interviews, the final rank order list (which includes those who will receive an offer of admission and those who will be placed on a waiting list) is calculated as follows:
|For applicants to the M.D.,C.M.
(includes: combined programs & IMG 4-YR)
|For applicants to the IMG 2-YR, and Med-P programs|
(Note that these formulas are guidelines only and are subject to review and change by the Admissions Committee at any time).
We keep our waiting list active as long as feasible, often right until the beginning of classes.