The Full Guide to Ontario Medical School Prerequisites Part 2

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There are six medical schools in Ontario, Canada: Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (McMaster University), Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University. In addition to the shared requirements of English-language proficiency, autobiographical sketch (ABS), and references, each school has their own individual prerequisites that applicants must complete in order to be considered. Note that in addition to differences in prerequisites, each school may also consider each component (e.g. GPA or MCAT) of the application differently. The list below is a summary of the prerequisites as of 2021. Applicants are encouraged to visit the medical schools’ website for updated information.

4. Queen’s University:

  • Completed 15 full courses or 30 half courses of undergraduate university course work;
  • Completed the MCAT within five years of the application year;
  • Completed the CASPer test.

5. University of Toronto:

  • Completed coursework in life sciences (full year) and humanities, social sciences, and/or languages (half year);
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative or weighted GPA (whichever applicable) of 3.60 on the 4.00-point scale for undergraduate applicants and 3.00 on the 4.00-point scale for graduate applicants;
  • Completed the MCAT within five years of the application year. Must meet a threshold score of 125 in each section with an allowance of 124 in one section;
  • Responded to four brief personal essays and three additional ABS statements on the OMSAS application.

6. Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University):

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident prior to application deadline;
  • Completed or be enrolled in the final year of a four-year undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved admissions minimum GPA in the two best undergraduate years of full-time study (Minimums are reset each year. It was 3.70 on the 4.00-point scale in the 2020-2021 cycle). GPA from the Winter 2020 semester will not be considered;;
  • Completed the MCAT within five years of the application year, and achieved admissions minimum (Minimums are rest each year. It was 126 BB/127 CP/127 CARS for general admissions and 125 BB/ 125 CP/ 125 CARS for Pathway admission applicants);
  • Responded to the abbreviated autobiographical sketch.

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