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Who Should Apply?

McMaster’s medical program selects candidates who demonstrate the potential to become Canada’s future health care leaders. Each year, we accept 203 students into our undergraduate medical program based on our selection formulae which includes assessment of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills.  

The admissions process identifies the best possible candidates for medical school through assessing each applicant's overall achievements, including those in academic and non-academic areas. It is understood that academic excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, to ensure success as a physician. As a multitude of factors are used to determine candidates selected, and as the applicant pool varies in qualifications from year to year, there will be an overlap in the distribution of GPAs, MCAT scores, and other criteria in accepted and declined candidates, and not all candidates who meet minimum academic requirements will be offered a position.

There is no single background that is ideal preparation for the practice of medicine. Students with university education in any discipline are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have completed a rigourous and coherent course of study, which will provide evidence of an independent, self-directed, and mature learning style. The ideal candidate will also provide evidence of outstanding non-academic qualities, including altruism, reliability, responsibility, perseverance, creativity, and leadership, through this process.

All students are expected to be in a state of health such that they may participate in the academic program, including patient care, without posing a risk to themselves or others.

All applicants are encouraged to review the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine Policy Document entitled Essential Skills and Abilities Required for Entry to a Medical Degree Program.

Students who are accepted into the program, who have a communicable disease, may pursue their studies provided that their continued involvement does not pose a health or safety hazard to themselves or others.  Please review McMaster’s policy on Communicable Diseases and Occupational Health here.

Current and prospective members of the caring professions at McMaster are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the professional behaviours that McMaster espouses, including accountability/responsibility, excellence, integrity and respect, and optimism. As such, throughout the ​admissions process, applicants to our program will be held to the same reasonable standard that is expected of other learners in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. McMaster University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all our members, including applicants, staff and faculty that participate in the admissions process. How applicants conduct themselves throughout the admissions process is expected to be in a manner that respects our community members’ rights, and upholds their responsibilities as a member of our community and reflects the policies of the University as below:

We reserve the right to notify AFMC, universities, and colleges across Canada, regulatory authorities and/or law enforcement, at our absolute discretion, when we suspect information is withheld, false, misleading, written by a third party or raises concerns about academic dishonesty, inappropriate or unethical conduct.

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