Admission Requirements

Please note that admissions requirements may change from time to time. Applicants are encouraged to check the Notes to Applicants page of the website regularly for any updates which may affect current or future applications.

Minimum Academic Standing

Please note that due to limited enrolment, meeting the minimum academic standing does not guarantee admission to the program, or even consideration for an interview. A realistic review of the statistics on our website for the averages of successful applicants is recommended before submission of an application.

Currently, BC applicants with an overall academic average of less than 75% and out-of-province applicants with an overall academic average of less than 80% (based on the adjusted academic average, if applicable) will not receive full file reviews and thus will not proceed further through the application process.1 Out of province applicants should be aware that this will increase to a minimum of 85% in 2015/2016 and should also review the information under Notes for 2014/2015 applicants. A full file review consists of a full academic evaluation, a non-academic evaluation and where appropriate, a rural/remote suitability evaluation.

It is recommended that self-identified Aboriginal applicants achieve a competitive grade point average. Their academic scores will be reviewed at the discretion of the Aboriginal Admissions Sub-Committee.

You must report all university-level courses, programs, and grades. Individuals who have withdrawn from another medical school for academic reasons are not eligible to apply. Individuals who are enrolled or will be enrolling in another medical school during the application cycle must inform the program using either the online application form and/or email. Failure to include relevant information may result in disqualification of your application.

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1These averages must be attained although the published minimum academic requirement for applying to the MD Undergraduate Program is an overall GPA (“OGPA”) of 70% based on all university-level courses attempted (see Minimum Credit Requirement)

Our minimum requirement of 90 credits must be 90 university-transferable credits with grades taken at a post-secondary institution. AP or IB credits cannot count towards the 90 minimum credits.

All applicants must submit ONE set of official transcripts, in sealed and endorsed envelopes issued by the Registrar(s) of the home institution(s), from ALL post secondary institutions attended, to the MD Undergraduate Admissions Office by the application deadline.  Please refer to the Application Timelines for further information.  Applicants must submit transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, including but not limited to colleges and universities, institutions attended on exchange, study abroad institutions, institutions attended on a letter of permission or as a visiting student, etc. It is not sufficient for our purposes for the courses/grades to appear on your home institution’s transcript. Transcripts can be sent directly from the institution or sent by the applicant to us, as long as the transcripts arrive in their official, sealed, endorsed envelopes.

If your home university does not mail original academic records directly, then stamped, attested true photocopies of academic records in sealed envelopes and endorsed by the Registrar at your home university will be accepted as official.

To be considered official, all transcripts (and degree certificates, if applicable) must arrive in sealed and endorsed envelopes issued by the home institution.

Applicants who attended post-secondary institutions (including on exchange or study abroad) outside of North America must have their foreign transcripts assessed by either ICES, the International Credential Evaluation Service or WES, World Education Services. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES or ICES unless the foreign institution was attended for only one term, or 6 credits or fewer were taken in an academic year. From ICES, we require the Comprehensive report. The Supplemental report is recommended only for applicants who are seeking credit for prerequisite courses (if the Supplemental report is not submitted in this case, detailed course outlines must be provided instead). From WES, we require the Course-by-Course report. Basic and ICAP formats are both accepted. Please note that the verified transcript submitted as part of the WES ICAP package is not sufficient for our purposes and an original, official transcript from the foreign institution must be submitted as well.

The Faculty of Medicine considers students from a variety of backgrounds; no preference is given to any particular degree program. Applicants must have completed the required prerequisite courses by April 30th of the year of entrance into the MD program.

Note: As applicants are required to demonstrate their academic ability to determine their suitability for the rigorous MD curriculum, taking the Credit/D/Fail option for prerequisite courses may not be a helpful indicator in the selection process and could potentially jeopardize your application to the program.

Courses in behavioural sciences, biometrics, statistics and physics are recommended, but not required.

Each applicant must complete one year of coursework in each of the following prerequisite subjects: English, General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Please consult our Prerequisite Chart for specific course numbers and other important information.

To assess course equivalency, refer to detailed UBC course descriptions to ensure that the topics covered in the courses and the credit weightings are similar. Please follow the department links in the Prerequisite Chart or consult the UBC calendar. Final authority regarding course equivalency rests with academic advisors in the Faculty of Medicine and is only available after your application has been submitted and evaluated by an academic advisor.

Where course was completed Action
BC colleges and universities Check the Prerequisite Chart first, then consult the official, online transfer guide, www.bctransferguide.ca.
Other Canadian institutions Many Biochemistry course equivalents are available via the Prerequisite Chart. For other courses, check the Prerequisite Chart for links to UBC course descriptions and compare your course(s) to the UBC course(s) listed.

International Institutions

Check the Prerequisite Chart for links to UBC course descriptions and compare your course(s) to the UBC course(s) listed. If necessary, submit week-by-week outlines for each course you have taken. Applicants who attended post-secondary institutions (including on exchange or study abroad) outside of North America must have their foreign transcripts assessed by either ICES, (International Credential Evaluation Service) or WES (World Education Services). Applicants who attended the foreign institution for only one term, or who took 6 credits or fewer are not required to get a WES/ICES evaluation. Applicants must arrange to have official transcripts and the WES or ICES reports submitted to our office by the application deadline. From ICES, we require the Comprehensive report. The Supplemental report is recommended only for applicants who are seeking credit for prerequisite courses (if the Supplemental report is not submitted in this case, detailed course outlines must be provided instead). From WES, we require the Course-by-Course report. Basic and ICAP formats are both accepted. Please note that the verified transcript submitted as part of the WES ICAP package is not sufficient for our purposes; we still require an original, official transcript as well. The WES or ICES report is required to augment academic evaluation of an applicant’s file. However, the Admissions Office reserves the right to apply its own evaluation. In some cases, the Admissions Office may request applicants with international credentials to submit both a comprehensive and supplemental report from ICES to assist in the academic evaluation of their application.

The following minimum grades must be achieved in order to claim AP, IB or A Level credit to satisfy the prerequisite requirement in the applicable subject areas. Please note that if the applicable first year courses were taken in first or second year only (not in subsequent years), the grades for these courses will be used instead of the AP/IB/A Level credit (Please see Notes for Applicants regarding change to credit for Chemistry beginning 2014-2015 credit will only be given for UBC CHEM 121).

Subjects
AP
IB
A Level
Biology46, Higher Level onlyA or B grade
Chemistry46, Higher Level onlyA or B grade
English45, Higher Level onlyA or B grade

All applicants (except UBC students) must also send one set of official AP, IB or A Level transcripts directly to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. We cannot access AP, IB or A Level transcripts sent to UBC’s Enrollment Services. Our office does not accept electronic copies of AP or A Level transcripts. Our office can accept electronic copies of IB transcripts for exams taken after May 2004, but we require a paper IB transcript for exams taken in May 2004 or earlier. Transcripts for IB exams taken prior to May 2004 are not accessible electronically.

The address where you can write (or call) to obtain an official AP transcript to be sent to the Admissions Office (our Code is #3939):

AP Exams
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 09652 USA

Toll-free: 1-888-CALL-4-AP
Phone: 1-609-771-7300
Email: apexams@info.collegeboard.org

The address where you can write to obtain an official IB transcript:

Transcript officer
International Baccalaureate North America
475 Riverside Drive, 16th Floor
New York, NY, US-10115 USA

E-mail: transcript.ibna@ibo.org
Phone 1-212-696-4464
Fax: 1-212-889-9242

All applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that their results be released online to UBC via MCAT Testing History (ThX) System after UBC’s online application is live for the current cycle. Test results for the last five years are considered valid. In accordance with AAMC regulations, applicants must release all scores. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all results are released and received by the Admissions Office.

Beginning in the 2013-14 cycle, applicants who have previously written the MCAT with scores of no less than 7 in Verbal Reasoning, Biological & Physical Sciences and no less than M in the Writing Sample will be able to use these scores for the next five years, in keeping with current policy. The WS score will be dropped to be in line with those applicants who write the tests beginning in 2013, where the WS is removed. Although the WS will be dropped, the minimum score of M for exams with the WS section will still be mandatory, as this was a requirement to ensure a valid MCAT written in 2012 or earlier. When MCAT 2015 is introduced, scores from both this version and tests in the previous format will be acceptable as outlined in this table:

Earliest Exam Accepted
Test Type
Valid Until Application Cycle
Minimum WS Score
September 16, 2008VR, PS, BS, WS2013/2014M
September 16, 2009VR, PS, BS, WS2014/2015M
September 16, 2010VR, PS, BS, WS2015/2016M
Year Written (Anytime)
Test Type
Valid Until Application Cycle
Minimum WS Score
2011VR, PS, BS, WS2015/2016M
2012VR, PS, BS, WS2016/2017M
2013VR, PS, BS (no WS)2016/2017M
2014VR, PS, BS (no WS)2016/2017n/a
2015MCAT 2015*2019/2020n/a

*The VR, PS, BS (no WS) exam will be offered in early 2015 before MCAT 2015 launches in the spring. This VR, PS, BS (no WS) exam will be valid until 2016/2017.

Please review the Faculty of Medicine MD Undergraduate Admissions Statistics Summary for an indication of competitive scores. It is recommended that self-identified Aboriginal applicants achieve competitive MCAT scores. These scores will be reviewed at the discretion of the Aboriginal Admissions Sub-Committee.

Click the link for information about online registration for the MCAT exam. MCAT scores must be received by October 1. The last accepted MCAT test date is August 31 of the application year. In the event that your scores from an August exam date are not available for release before October 1, please contact the Admissions Office before this deadline.

Information on MCAT 2015 can be found on the AAMC website. Decisions about how the overlap of MCAT 2015 with the current exam will be handled are still in process. We will update our website once these decisions have been confirmed.

Please note: UBC is not a part of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). You must therefore specify that you want your test results released to UBC. This can only be done AFTER your results have been sent to you using MCAT’s online “THx system .” Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize the menu option on the THx System called “Review the status of my THx requests” to confirm that results have been successfully released to UBC.

To avoid submitting an application that will become ineligible as soon as the MCAT score is received, applicants are encouraged to write the MCAT early in order to confirm their scores meet our minimum requirements before applying.

If you have written more than one MCAT, the eligible exam with the best score for our purposes will be used. “Eligible” means the exam meets our date and score requirements. To determine which exam to evaluate, we look at each individual score in an exam to produce an overall total converted score for that exam. The eligible exam with the highest overall converted score will be the one used for evaluation. Please note that our evaluation is based on only one exam; we do not take the VR from one exam, the BS from another exam, the PS from a third exam, etc.

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from qualified individuals who:

  1. are permanent residents of Canada at the time of application, either as Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and
  2. meet the eligibility criteria, and
  3. believe they would be competitive on the selection criteria.

We regret that we are unable to admit international students.

Canadian citizens who are born outside of Canada will be required to submit proof of citizenship at the interview event.

BC Residency Requirements

Preference is given to residents of British Columbia; however, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year.

For MD Undergraduate Admissions purposes, applicants are considered BC residents, if they hold a currently valid BC CareCard or BC Services Card* by the application deadline.

By the application deadline, applicants must submit a scanned copy or photocopy of their BC CareCard or BC Services Card.  This card must be valid throughout the entire application cycle and will be checked at the time of interview and when offers are made.  The Admissions Office reserves the right to contact applicants for further information or documentation, if required, to clarify BC residency status.

Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are treated as BC residents and will be required to provide equivalent documentation to the BC residency requirement. Applicants with a PhD conferred by the application deadline; supported Aboriginal applicants; and supported MD/PhD applicants, will have their BC residency requirement waived.

Information on obtaining a BC CareCard can be found at BC Ministry of Health.

For students studying outside British Columbia, information may be found on the BC Ministry of Health website: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/leavingbc.html

*Over the next five years the BC Care Card will be replaced by a BC Services Card. Either card can be used as proof of residency.