Frequently asked questions

We have presented a few of the more frequently asked questions below to help you.  Please take this time to review the information provided to assist you.

Selection Process, Application Categories & Québec Residency

How are applicants selected?

  • Based on the academic evaluation or CASPer test approximately 4 to 6 times the number of candidates are moved forward to the CV review; 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.
  • 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.
  • For more information view: Selection Process

How do I know if I am a recognized resident of Québec?

Can I apply to the NTP category?

  • Effective September 1, 2019, all Quebec-resident applicants with a university degree are invited to apply through the Quebec-University pathway for 2020 MDCM admission; the Non-Traditional Pathway (NTP) is not open to applications as of this cycle.

Submitting an Application & Application Systems

Can I request a paper application? / Can I submit an application by post mail?

  • No, only on-line applications are accepted for Medicine.

How much does an application cost? / What is the application fee?

I lost my password or cannot log into the Minerva system.  What should I do?

  • If you require a reset of your Minerva PIN, you must call (+1) 514-398-7878.

I submitted and paid for my application via the WebApp system, yet I did not receive confirmation or my McGill ID number. Why?

  • It takes between 24 to 48 hours for the system to process applications.

Why can't I find your programs in the list of available programs in the WebApp?

  • Please review the important notes in Submitting your Application. Please ensure you select Undergraduate Professional Program. Please selected the Fall term if you are applying to the MDCM program and to the Med-P program if you are applying from Cegep.  Please select the Summer term if you are applying to the IMG-2 Program.  If you are applying to the IMG-2 program, please also ensure to send an email to: admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca

E-mail Communication & E-mail Address

  • Email is used as a fast way to communicate with applicants. Applicants should check their email in-boxes regularly.
  • You can update your email address on Minerva under the 'Personal' menu.
  • You should receive an email acknowledgement within 72 hours after submitting your application, confirming that your application has been received. Please note an increasing number of email clients (Outlook, AOL, Hotmail, etc.) are including spam blockers that can affect delivery of email messages. This means that some of our email communications might not reach you. To ensure that you receive our emails and they are not filtered as junk mail, be sure to add the McGill domain (@mcgill.ca) to your safe senders list in your email programs.

Tracking an Application on Minerva

How do I receive a McGill identification number?

  • Once you have successfully submitted the on-line application forms (including payment), you will receive a confirmation and a nine digit McGill identification number. You will need this McGill ID number to access the Minerva system and to track your application. Please include this ID number in all correspondence with our office.

How can I track the status of my application?

How can I make changes or cancel an application?

  • Any change or update to your application information must be submitted in writing to the Admissions Office to: admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca. Changes in personal information such as addresses or phone numbers can only be done via the personal Minerva account. Details can be found in the PIN and Personal Updates section of the Minerva guide. An application can be cancelled via your Minerva account.

How can I change my mailing address?

  • You always have the ability to change your email and postal addresses, no matter where you are in the application process or what status you have, by going to: Minerva > Personal Menu > Addresses and Phones.

New Campus in Outaouais

Two Programs Two Campuses

  • Beginning in 2020, McGill's Med-P and MDCM programs will be offered on two campuses. Both campuses promise a first-class medical education.
  • For Campus Outaouais, the preparatory program is offered at l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and the program is a partnership between McGill and l'Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and offered at (UQO). For the MDCM program, 24 students will be part of a smaller, more personalized environment, the Campus is located in new and ultramodern facilities built on the site of the Gatineau Hospital in partnership with the CISSS de l'Outaouais
  • For Montreal, the Medicine preparatory program and the MDCM program are offered at McGill’s downtown Montreal Campus, in a larger, metropolitan setting. 

Language of instruction

  • Courses are offered in English at the Montreal campus, and in French at the Outaouais campus. For both campuses, clinical placements beginning in the first year of the program are at diverse teaching sites which may be classified as either bilingual or francophone institutions. Note that all McGill university students have the right to submit written in-course work in French or English. While proof of bilingualism is not a selection criteria for admission to the MDCM program, new students' language proficiency may be assessed before the program starts so they can bring their skills up to speed to ensure they can serve all patients safely while communicating effectively with clinical teams.

Academic Records & Test Scores

How do I upload my transcripts?

Do I need to submit my exchange or study-abroad transcripts?

  • Yes.  The only exception would be if your host institution shows the credits and the grades of your study-abroad session on its own transcript.

How many copies of my transcript do you need?

  • One

Do I need to send you my McGill transcript? / Do I need to send you my CEGEP transcript?

  • No we have electronic access.

Do I need to submit official A-Level results, IB exam results or AP exam results?

Should I self-report my MCAT test scores in my application (WebApp Tests Taken)?  How can I state I want you to use my MCAT scores?

  • Self-reporting your MCAT test scores in the WebApp is not obligatory. Please note, however, that we must receive the official MCAT results in order for the test scores to be considered. MCAT results will only be used if a) MCAT submission is compulsory or b) they render the application more competitive. If the MCAT is optional for you and the test scores do not benefit your file we will not use it.

Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

How much does it cost? / What are your tuition rates and compulsory fees?

Is financial aid available?

Academic History Workbook

What is the basis of admission degree?

  • 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. This is the BASIS OF ADMISSION DEGREE, for which detailed information must be reported in Section 3: Basis of Admission Degree of the workbook.

I'm receiving an error message when I enter my dates.

  • Please note some date formats are not compatible with certain operating systems. Should you receive an error message, please disregard.

When I open the workbook I do not see any tabs. How can I maneuver through the workbook? Is the workbook broken?

  • Click on the button labelled "click here to proceed"

When I enter my information in section 1 and try to click the button to proceed, a message pops up saying "Reference is not valid".

  • You need to save the document to your computer desktop in order to enable the hyperlinks, otherwise you will get error messages.

Do I need to enter graduate marks in the workbook?

  • Section 3 of the Workbook should only include a record of your undergraduate degree marks.

I am a Mac user and I cannot open the workbook

  • Send an email to admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca, or click the button "click here to proceed".

Can I manually enter and delete rows?

  • No, please refrain from doing so.

What is the best way to copy and paste in the workbook?

  • Make sure to use "paste special" and always paste as values.

The summary section of the workbook says "local GPA cannot be calculated"

  • No need to worry, this is normal if your basis of admissions degrees is based on a mixture of numeric and letter grades, or multiple grade scales that do not align.

In Minerva I cannot see a link to upload my workbook.

  • Please do no attempt to upload your workbook to your Minerva account. In the last section of the workbook there will be a link for you to use to submit your document by email to: workbooks.med [at] mcgill.ca

I took an elective course outside of my home institution. What should the status be in Section 2?

  • Please use the "program terminated" option in the dropdown menu of Section 2.

Some of my basic science prerequisite courses were taken at CEGEP. Do I need to list all CEGEP courses in the workbook?

  • No. Simply enter the relevant basic science prerequisite grades.

I am applying to both Medicine and Dentistry. Do I need to submit two separate workbooks?

  • No. Simply click on the "Click Here for Medicine and Dentistry " in Section 6 of the workbook to submit your workbook to both programs.

I applied last year and submitted a workbook.  Can I use that version for this year's application?

  • No. Please use the current version of the workbook as it is updated yearly.

I have additional information I wish to provide to the Admissions Office, how should I proceed?

  • There is a comment box in Section 6 of the workbook, if you have additional information you wish to share.

My basic science prerequisite courses have a separate lab component. Where can I enter the lab grades?

  • Separate lab marks can be added in the Prerequisite Labs portion of Section 4.

The McGill GPA conversion does not match my CGPA

  • The McGill calculated GPA is an estimation and all applications will be verified internally in order for a precise McGill GPA to be calculated.

I have submitted my workbook but I still can’t see it as received on Minerva.

  • Please allow up to 10 business days for your workbook to appear as received on your Minerva checklist. As long as you have submitted your workbook by the application deadline, your workbook will be reviewed. We will contact you if there are any issues with your submission.

I went on exchange. What should I do?

  • You need to list the courses you took in both Sections 2 and 3.

What resources are available to me to assist me in converting my grades?

  • Click on the button labelled "click here to proceed".

Basic Science Prerequisites

What courses are required for admission?

  • Please see Basic Science Prerequisites. Please note that a maximum of 3 basic science courses can be in progress at the time of application and their grades need to be submitted by May 30 prior to the beginning of the program. Make sure to identify these courses in Section 4 & 6 in the workbook. You will see a checklist item on your Minerva account to upload your grades.

How can I know if the science courses I have taken at my university meet your requirements?

Prospective International Students & Foreign Medical Students/Graduates

I am finishing my A-Levels (et al.) / my French Baccalaureate (Bacc Français, et al.) / my International Baccalaureate (IBO).  Can I apply to your medical school?

  • We do not accept these programs as a basis of admisssion degree. The exception is Quebec residents who complete the French Baccalaureate in Quebec, which is considered equivalent to a CEGEP DEC for entry to the Medicine-Preparatory program. Courses from all these programs taken in any location can be used to fulfill Basic Science Prequisistes.  See Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

I am currently studying medicine in my country.  Can I transfer to your Faculty?

  • We do not accept transfer students.  All accepted students start at the Year 1 level.

I am an international medical graduate.  What are my options to study or practice medicine?

  • International medical graduates (IMGs) can review the information offered by the Medical Council of Canada  if they wish to further their studies or work in Canada.  If, as an IMG, you wish to redo your medical education to acquire an LCME-recognized medical degree, click here.

Do you have a pre-med program?

  • We offer the Med-P Program for immediate graduates of the Québec CEGEP system. 

Other Questions

Want to know more about what it's like being a med student?

Does McGill give admission preference to the relatives of McGill graduates?

  • Admission to McGill is based on the demonstrated academic merit of the applicant. Letters of support from alumni, friends, and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application. Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill does not have a legacy admission program.

Contact Us

Still need to contact us?  Send an email to admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca  

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