The “Frequently Asked Questions” page is meant to provide quick answers to questions that are most often asked through e-mail requests. Due to the excessive volume of e-mails you were referred to the “FAQ’s” link since the answer to your questions is included. We invite you to visit the admissions website for additional detailed information.
The on-line application form and the current application deadlines are available at Ontario Universities' Application Centre. It is a common application to all six Ontario Medical Schools. You can apply to any or all six schools using the same form. Paper applications are not available. You must apply using the on-line application.
Yes, all Prerequisite Science Courses must be completed with a minimum Grade of 3.00/4.00 according to the OMSAS scale.
The autobiographical sketch and the permanent address listed on the application form will be used to determine the geographical status of the applicants. Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of geographical status.
No. Candidates are allowed to apply to only one of the two streams. Once the application is submitted you are not allowed to change the choice of language of instruction.
Only full-time studies leading to a bachelor’s degree in a recognized university will qualify you for admission.
All courses shown on your transcript within the most recent three years of full-time undergraduate studies in a recognized university will count in the calculation of your cGPA.
Under no circumstances will exceptions be granted. Candidates must reach the set required minimum cGPA.
They will not be counted in the initial cGPA calculation but will be taken into account if the file advances further in the process prior to admission.
There is no special weight or preference given to any particular baccalaureate degree completed at a recognized university. The degree of difficulty of the program is not assessed.
Yes, provided you can show proof of laboratory completion where laboratory sessions are required. Please note that we do not accept home labs therefore make sure to take the onsite laboratory.
No, since the spirit of the full-time studies requirement is to be able to assess and compare how candidates succeed in a full-time course load and to predict how the candidates will perform and cope with the rigorous demand of the medical program.
Age, gender, race, religion and socio-economic status play no part in the selection process, unless it is specified in the criteria for designated seats.
The University of Ottawa does offer the MD/PhD Program. The MD/PhD program offers exceptional students the opportunity to pursue two degrees over the course of seven years. The MD/PhD Program at the University of Ottawa enrolled its first four students in the summer of 2010 and is based on a single integrated curriculum.
Graduate students must meet the total eligibility criteria as undergraduate applicants. These applications will be assessed like all other applications based on the candidate’s cGPA, Casper, Confidential Assessment Forms, Autobiographical Sketch and Interview performance. Although cGPA is calculated based on the last three years of full-time undergraduate studies, ongoing studies (in a professional or graduate program) will be considered as part of the final comprehensive file review to ensure academic excellence is maintained.
Yes. Advance placement credits (AP and IB) will be recognized to fulfill the science prerequisites but will not be recognized as fulfillment of full-course load studies.
No, we do not provide feedback on the assessment of your application.
Absolutely. There are up to 7 seats reserved within the Ministry of Health cohort. You would be competing for one of these seats with other First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates only. Financial help and bursaries could be available for admitted students depending on the availability of funding.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is not an admission requirement to the medical program of the University of Ottawa.
We do not admit students by regional or provincial quota. All interviewed candidates are placed on the list of excellence in order to determine who receives an offer of admission.
We generally admit a total of 166 students each year:
116 are admitted in the English stream
48 are admitted in the French stream (includes 8 seats reserved under the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) - French only).
2 (or more) are admitted under the Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) - Canadian Armed Forces
The number of students admitted in the English and French stream includes our designated seats for Indigenous; MD/PhD, Social Accountability Initiative (SAI) and Black Student Admission Program (BSAP) seats.
There is no weight or preference given to the University you have attended.
Your College/Cegep (Quebec) studies will be recognized as being equivalent to one year of post-secondary university studies provided that you have obtained your Diplôme d’Études Collégiales (DEC). You will need to complete two years of a bachelor’s program of studies (including prerequisite courses completed with a minimum Grade of 3.00/4.00 according to the OMSAS scale) in a recognized university to meet our application eligibility. You would normally apply after your 1st year of university studies. Only the grades obtained during this year of studies will be assessed.
No. You would normally apply after the second year of studies. Only the grades obtained in year 1 and 2 will be used in the calculation of your cumulative grade point average(cGPA). If admission is offered to you, it will be conditional upon successful completion of present academic year and the final grades show that you have maintained your grade point average. For more details on how we calculate the cGPA, please refer to cumulative grade point average.
It is a detailed summary of the activities reported in the common autobiographical one-page sketch. For more details regarding the detailed autobiographical sketch, please refer to Detailed Autobiographical Sketch (ABS).
Current tuition fees for the medical program can be verified at University fees.
If you have your permanent residence (landed immigrant) status in Canada before the application deadline and you meet the application eligibility criteria, you are eligible to apply.
Candidates must have their foreign transcript(s) assessed by World Education Services (WES). You can contact WES at 1-866-343-0070.
Application for the Social Accountability Initiative is voluntary. Once the Social Accountability application is reviewed and accepted by the Admissions Office, LSES eligibility is confirmed. Candidates will then compete for the two reserved seats. Academic and non-academic file review for these seats is identical to the other general admissions. Note that if we have numerous qualifying candidates after both academic and non-academic file reviews they are also considered for regular stream seats.
If you do not qualify for the reserved seats, your application will be processed as a general application for the stream/program you would be applying to (Francophone, Anglophone, Indigenous, or MD/PhD).
Candidates who qualify for the CNFS program should apply to that respective stream as it already holds reserved seats. Therefore, they will not be considered for the Social Accountability seats.
The Social Accountability application requires disclosure of financial information for your living parents. Unless they are deceased, parental information is required regardless of your age, tax filing status (dependent or independent), marital status, parent(s) country of residence, or your parent’s willingness to provide financial information.
You must contact Canada Revenue Agency at the following number 1-800-959-8281 and speak to a representative to obtain the complete form.
To obtain a notice of assessment, individuals must use the CRA’s My Account service. They may access the service directly by visiting the CRA website: Notice of assessment.
If your parents live outside of Canada, you may include a note to this effect as part of an explanatory letter to be submitted with your application. Satisfactory proof of income is still required and must be declared in Canadian dollars.
Similarly to financial aids and government assistance, individuals falling under the Children’s Aid Society or other Child and Family Service Agency are not required to submit financial information. They are required to submit a letter from that organization attesting of such situation for that time period.
You are required to submit 3 years’ worth of appropriate documents. Example: If you began, grade 11 in September 2012 and ended in June 2013, then started grade 12 in September 2013 up to June 2014, you should submit documents for years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
If a candidate declares himself/herself independent, then a proof of non-contributing parents such as an affidavit signed by the parents, student and a notable source (lawyer, government official, notary, notice of decision from Immigration and Refugee Board) is required and must be submitted with your application.
All LSES documents must be submitted no later than October 3rd, via the Secure Application Messaging (SAM) tool.