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.
BC applicants with an overall academic average of less than 75% and out-of-province applicants with an overall academic average of less than 85% (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 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 Individuals who have withdrawn from another medical school for academic reasons are not eligible to apply.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.
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, IB and A Level 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. Applicants must arrange to have official transcripts from their foreign institution 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 hoping to use their foreign coursework to satisfy the English requirement and/or to demonstrate proficiency in biology, chemistry and biochemistry (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 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 Faculty of Medicine considers students from a variety of backgrounds; no preference is given to any particular degree program.
All applicants must complete 6 credits of English coursework by April 30 of the year of entry into medical school (April 30, 2017 for the 2016/2017 application cycle). English courses should be offered through an English department and should consist of two semesters of literature or one semester of literature plus one semester of composition (academic writing). Social science and humanities courses do not count toward the English requirement, nor do theses in any subject area.
Courses in technical writing, report writing, business writing, creative writing, linguistics, media studies, and film studies are not accepted toward the English requirement. Courses with titles like “Reading Popular Culture” are accepted on a case-by-case basis only if there is a clearly identifiable and significant literary component. Traditional literature courses focusing on a particular time period, location, or group of writers are generally accepted, as are genre courses such as Children’s Literature and Science Fiction. However, please see the English Courses Chart to confirm, and email the course syllabus to the Admissions Office if the course is not listed.
English courses should have a workload equivalent to similar courses at UBC, including at least one research paper of five or more pages, an additional essay assignment, and a final exam.
Our English Courses Chart lists acceptable English courses from most Canadian universities and BC colleges. If you have a question about a course that is not listed on the chart, please email us. The chart was last updated July 22, 2016.
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.
Courses in biology, chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended but are not required for application. All applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these areas through coursework and/or MCAT scores. Courses in physics, statistics and the social sciences are also recommended as general preparation for the MCAT and for medical school.
|Required (6 credits)||Strongly Recommended (6 credits each)||Optional|
|Organic Chemistry||Social Sciences|
For applicants wishing to take our recommended science courses, the Science Courses Chart provides a list of courses previously accepted as science prerequisites. To assess course equivalency, refer to 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 Science Courses Chart or consult the UBC calendar.
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 required and strongly recommended courses may not be a helpful indicator in the selection process and could potentially jeopardize your application to the program.
English and/or Recommended Courses Taken at International Institutions
Applicants who have taken English and/or recommended science at an institution outside of North America must submit an original transcript from the foreign institution and have their foreign transcript 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. We recommend the Supplemental report from ICES for applicants who are hoping to use their foreign coursework to satisfy the English requirement and/or to demonstrate proficiency in biology, chemistry and biochemistry. If the Supplemental report is not submitted in this case, detailed course outlines must be provided instead. Please see "International Transcripts" under the Transcript Requirements section for more information on foreign transcript requirements.
AP, IB and A Levels do not count toward the 90-credit minimum requirement and are not included in GPA calculations. However, AP, IB and A Level exam results may be used to satisfy the English requirement.
The following minimum grades must be achieved in order to satisfy the English requirement:
|English||4||5, Higher Level only||A or B grade|
All applicants (except UBC students) seeking credit for the English requirement must 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.
Please consult the AP Score Reporting Services page for instructions on how to request an AP transcript. Our AP code is #3939.
Information about requesting an IB transcript can be found on the IB website. Please note that we do not receive notifications for electronic IB transcripts for up to 72 hours after the applicant receives confirmation from IB.
Note: If two semesters (6 credits) of English have been completed at university (during any years), it is unnecessary to submit AP, IB or A Level transcripts. If only one semester was taken, AP, IB or A Level transcripts must be submitted.
All applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that their results be released electronically to UBC via the 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 except for the VR, PS, BS (no WS) exam, which is only valid until the 2016/2017 application cycle. 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.
For the 2016/2017 application cycle, applicants will be allowed to submit MCAT scores from three exams: 1) the “old” MCAT with four sections including the Writing Sample, 2) the “revised” MCAT with three sections, not including the Writing Sample and 3) the “new” MCAT 2015 with four sections (Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour; Critical Analysis and Reasoning). Please note that if MCAT 2015 is written the MCAT 2015 scores will be used in evaluation.
Applicants who wrote the old exam must receive a minimum of 7 on all numerically scored sections and those who wrote the MCAT exam with the Writing Sample must also receive a minimum score of M, as this was a requirement to ensure a valid MCAT in 2012 or earlier.
For MCAT 2015, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 124 in each of the four sections.
If MCAT 2015 has been written, the MCAT 2015 test results will be used, not scores from any previous test, even if the scores on the MCAT 2015 exam do not meet minimum requirements. Applicants with a score of less than 124 in any of the sections will be deemed ineligible.
This table outlines acceptable exam dates and scores:
|Year Written (Anytime)||Test Type||Valid Until Application Cycle (Inclusive)||Minimum Score, Numerically Scored Sections||Minimum WS Score|
|2012||VR, PS, BS, WS||2016/2017||7||M|
|2013||VR, PS, BS (no WS)||2016/2017||7||M|
|2014||VR, PS, BS (no WS)||2016/2017||7||n/a|
*The VR, PS, BS (no WS) exam will be offered in early 2015 before MCAT 2015 launches in April 2015. 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. 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 may 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.
For information on how the MCAT is used, please see the MCAT section under Evaluation Criteria.
The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from qualified individuals who:
- are permanent residents of Canada at the time of application, either as Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and
- meet the eligibility criteria, and
- 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.