Frequently Asked Questions
Section 3: Admission Information
What are the minimum academic requirements to be considered for admission to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)?
The minimum requirement is a 4 year undergraduate university degree in any discipline. A calculated GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale is required to proceed beyond the initial application screening. The applications are initially screened and scored based on 3 components: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context. The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada.
It is based upon the above three elements that an invitation to interview at NOSM is extended. Approximately 300 are invited each year.
We are looking for a concrete, demonstrated interest in living and working in Northern Ontario, and/or other rural, remote or northern urban communities. Volunteer experience, work experience, extracurricular activities and research are all areas one can endeavour to demonstrate this interest.
Candidates must meet the following requirements to apply for admission to NOSM:
- A 4 year undergraduate degree *
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status
- An minimum grade point average of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale
* Mature applicants (25 years of age or older by application deadline) may apply with a 3 year degree
Please visit the General Academic Requirements section for more information.
I am not from Northern Ontario, should I still apply?
We are looking for highly motivated students from a variety of backgrounds, who are self-directed, who will thrive in a small group- based, distributed learning environment, who have a genuine interest in helping us fulfill our mandate and who uphold our values.
The aim is to have class profiles which reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario. It is the intention of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to maximize the recruitment of students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practising medicine in Northern urban, rural and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian students.
We are looking for a concrete, demonstrated interest in living and working in Northern Ontario, and/or other rural, remote or northern urban communities. Volunteer experience, work experience, extracurricular activities and research are all areas one can endeavour to demonstrate this interest. You have the opportunity to outlines these experiences in the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch.
The applications are initially screened and scored based on 3 components: 1) the GPA, 2) the application questionnaire & autobiographical sketch and 3) context. The context score is based on where you have lived and are living in Canada. It is based upon the above three elements that an invitation to interview at NOSM is extended. Approximately 300 are invited each year.
Is the MCAT required?
No, the MCAT is not an admissions requirement for NOSM. Any MCAT scores that are submitted as part of an application are not taken into consideration in the review of the application.
Although the MCAT is not required, can I submit my MCAT scores anyways?
Any MCAT scores that are submitted as part of an application are not taken into consideration in the review of the application.
Are there specific courses I need to have taken to satisfy prerequisite requirements?
NOSM does not require the completion of specific preparatory course work. While there are no course prerequisites, NOSM values applicants who present evidence of a broad undergraduate education. It is recommended that applicants with majors in science complete at least 2 full course equivalents in arts, social sciences and/or humanities within their degree programs while applicants pursuing majors in arts, social sciences and/or humanities should complete at least 2 full course equivalents in science within their degree program.
of a course as “Arts, Social Science, Humanities or Science” is determined by
the institution you are attending or attended.
If you are unsure as to a course designation, please check with the
Registrar’s office of that institution where the course is/was offered.
How do I know if a course is determined a Science, Arts, Humanities or a Social Science course?
Designation of a course as “Arts, Social Science, Humanities or Science” is determined by the institution you are attending or attended. If you are unsure as to a course designation, please check with the Registrar’s office of that institution where the course is/was offered.
Is there an age limit for application to NOSM?
No. There is no age limit for application to NOSM.
How do I determine my Grade Point Average (GPA) based on:
- the completion of a 4 year undergraduate degree
- the completion of a 3 year undergraduate degree (for Mature Students Applicants only)
Grades are converted by OMSAS using a 4.0 scale. (Details can be obtained by going to www.ouac.on.ca/omsas/ Use the OMSAS Grade Conversion Table ). The GPA is calculated using all of the grades of undergraduate courses completed as of the OMSAS application deadline that are to apply to the degree awarded. Additional undergraduate courses completed after a degree is awarded are not used in the GPA calculation unless they are part of as second undergraduate degree that will be completed prior to June 30th of the year of potential enrolment at NOSM.
I am starting the final year of my degree, can I apply to NOSM before I have graduated? How will my GPA be calculated?
Yes, you can apply while in progress in the final year of your degree. However, should you be successful in the admissions process, you will be required to submit a transcript to OMSAS indicating successful completion and proof of your degree having been awarded. Transcripts are required to be submitted by June 3oth of the application year.
I have two undergraduate degrees. How will my GPA be calculated?
First, you must meet the minimum academic admission consideration requirement which is a 4 year undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA on the 4.0 scale. If you are not a mature applicant, a GPA will only be calculated on 4-year degree programs. 3-year degree programs are only considered for those applicants who are mature which is defined as, 25 years of age or older by the application deadline.
Applicants who are in the process of completing a second undergraduate degree program must meet the following criteria:
- be in their final year of study of the second degree
- have completed, at minimum, the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate course credits (not including transfer credits) at the time of application. Please note, transfer credit course grades are not included in the calculation of the subsequent undergraduate degree. Only newly completed courses will be included in the GPA calculation of the subsequent undergraduate degree
- Have completed the in progress degree and submit an official transcript to OMSAS that proves that you have been awarded that degree prior to June 30th.
An applicant with more than one undergraduate degree will have the GPA of each degree calculated and the highest GPA will be used as the GPA for the application.
Can I apply only if I’ve attended university on a Full-time basis?
NOSM accepts applications from students who have pursued their undergraduate studies on a full-time basis, part-time basis or with a combination of full-time and part-time studies.
I completed some courses online - will they be included the GPA calculation?
Yes, as long as the courses and/or degree program you are completing is from a recognized university.
I completed some of my courses in a summer term, will they be considered?
Yes, NOSM will consider courses completed in a summer term for GPA calculation as long as the courses are a part of the applicant's degree program.
My university degree program is a ‘transfer’ or collaborative program that combines community college credits with university degree credits. Will my college course credits be used in the calculation of my GPA?
No college credits will not be used. NOSM requires the minimum completion of a 4 year recognized university undergraduate degree (3 year, if applying as a Mature Student). Only university degree level course credits are used in the calculation of the GPA. NOSM recognizes the programming partnership and collaboration that exists between many universities and community colleges. College Transfer students or Collaborative program students must have completed a minimum of the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate degree level course credits at the time of application to medical school.
Is my professional degree considered a graduate or undergraduate degree?
Professional degrees earned at Canadian institutions are generally considered undergraduate degrees. These degrees include education, engineering, law and veterinary medicine. Applications will be individually assessed upon application to NOSM.
How are pass/fail courses treated in the calculation of the GPA?
Courses that appear on your transcript without a standard numeric, or alpha grade are typically not used in the GPA calculation.
How are failed and/or repeated courses counted in the calculation of my GPA?
Failed courses will be counted into the GPA even if repeated. If any course is repeated, each grade will be used in the GPA calculation. If a supplementary exam is taken and recorded in the same term, the course will count only once.
I have completed a graduate degree, will my application be considered for admission as part of a separate applicant pool?
Applicants who possess a graduate degree (Masters/PhD) are not considered for admission as part of a separate applicant pool. All applicants are assessed for admission consideration based on the minimum requirement of a 4 year recognized undergraduate university degree (3 year degree for Mature applicants) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale.
After the initial GPA calculation to ensure compliance with the above cut-off, an additional 0.2 will be added to the undergraduate GPA. For example, your undergraduate GPA is 3.3. Your final GPA for consideration will be 3.5.
Your graduate degree must be conferred and NOSM must have received your final transcript indicating graduation by December 30th of the application year in order to be considered for the 0.2 addition.
You will not get additional credit for your GPA for more than one graduate degree.
Will my chances of being admitted be better if I have a graduate degree?
Applicants who have completed a graduate degree (Masters/PhD) by the OMSAS application deadline date, provide proof of completion of the degree by December 30th and meet the minimum 3.0 GPA based on their undergraduate degree, will have an additional 0.2 added to their undergraduate GPA calculation. e.g. GPA = 3.5 + 0.2 = 3.7 Final GPA. Therefore, your GPA calculation may increase because of your graduate degree.
The additional 0.2 is awarded only once. You will not be given another 0.2 toward your undergraduate GPA for more than one graduate degree. The minimum GPA of 3.0 must be met on the basis of the undergraduate degree marks alone.
Will Mature Students be considered? How can I tell if I qualify as a Mature Applicant?
Applicants who are 25 years of age or older as of the application deadline will be considered Mature Applicants. Mature Applicants are eligible for admission consideration based on the minimum requirement of a 3 year recognized university degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
I am a Mature Applicant, but I will still be ‘in progress’ in my 3 year undergraduate degree when I apply to NOSM in October. How do I determine what my GPA calculation for admission consideration is?
Mature Applicants can apply in the final year of a 3 year degree. However, should you be successful in the admissions process, you will be required to submit a transcript indicating that you have been awarded your university degree prior to receiving a final offer of admission.
I completed some of my coursework at an international university as part of an exchange program. Do I need a WES evaluation?
No WES evaluation is required for those applicants completing foreign coursework of two semesters or less (exchange programs). However, you will be required to submit official transcripts from the instituion that you attended while on exchange.