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Indigenous Applicants

With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. 

Applicants to Medicine wishing to apply through McMaster’s Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to McMaster University and program specific application processes listed below.  The FIAP self-identification application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force (IHTF) through the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office.

Indigenous applicants are required to complete the OMSAS application and must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admission as set out for the general pool of candidates (three or more years of undergraduate degree-level courses by May of the year of entry with an overall GPA of at least 3.00 as calculated on the OMSAS 4.00 scale and a minimum score of at least 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT,  and Casper).

  • The MCAT

    In order to reduce barriers for Indigenous applicants, provision of MCAT scores for those approved for consideration through FIAP may be deferred beyond the application deadline. Those Indigenous applicants wishing to delay taking the MCAT until after invitations to interview are sent out in early February are free to do so, but should be aware that they MUST forward a minimum MCAT critical analysis and reasoning score of at least 123 to the Admissions Office before the offer of admission date in order to maintain eligibility. Please be aware that applicants who are not approved for consideration through FIAP would be considered in the regular applicant pool and, in this case, an MCAT score is required by the application deadline in this case.

    Indigenous applicants taking advantage of this opportunity should book their MCAT in the Fall to ensure they have secured a test date which has a score release date early enough to meet the deadline. Please note that a fee may be applied by MCAT for cancellations.

  • Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office

    McMaster's Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office is designed to address three broad areas of need: increased student preparedness, entry and completion of health sciences programs; ongoing identification and removal of barriers to success within the university including increasing awareness of Indigenous health issues among the faculty and student body; improved relationship between the university and the local Indigenous  communities.

    Click here to visit the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office website.

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