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Indigenous Applicants

In order to address specific barriers and challenges that may disadvantage some First Nations, Inuit and Métis learners, programs within health science (including the Undergraduate MD Program) have implemented an ​Indigenous applicant process to create parity among applicants with an equitable admission process. 

Applicants who wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) will also be required, at the time of application, to provide:

  1. A letter declaring Indigenous ancestry and giving specific information about First Nation, treaty, community or organizational affiliation. The letter should request consideration under the alternate process, and should expand on the candidate's academic and personal background, and reasons and motivation for wishing to become a physician.
  2. A letter of recommendation from their First Nation, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community or organizational affiliation.
  3. Proof of Indigenous ancestry. Acceptable proofs of ancestry include: Status or Treaty card, Métis Membership Card, Nunavut Trust Service Card or Inuit Roll Number. McMaster University will ONLY recognize Métis Membership Cards from the Provincial counterparts of the Métis National Council.

Click here to view the Métis Citizenship Website

McMaster University reserves the right to contact the card issuer to verify its authenticity.

Indigenous applicants are required to complete the OMSAS application and must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admissions 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 6 on the Verbal Reasoning component of the MCAT or 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT 2015, and CASPer).


  • The MCAT

  • Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office

  • McMaster's Relationship with the Indigenous Community

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