Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to apply for admission to NOSM University’s Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program (MD Degree):
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada prior to the application deadline to apply.
Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of offer of admission.
The minimum admission requirement is a 4-year undergraduate university degree, or equivalent, from a recognized institution in any discipline. We do not give preference to any one (1) particular discipline over another.
You may apply in the final year of your 4-year degree program; however, you are required to complete the program and provide proof of receiving your degree by June 30 of the potential enrolment year.
If your 4-year degree is completed through a transfer of credits from a college, you must have completed a minimum of 10 full course credits, 20 half course credits, or a combination of at the university degree level at the time you apply.
NOSM University will accept a 3-year degree for mature applicants (25 years of age or older by application deadline) for the application cycle of 2023 (entry in September 2024). After the 2023 application deadline, a 3-year degree will no longer meet the requirement for admission to the UME program.
If you are a mature applicant and your degree has been completed through a transfer of credits from a college, you must have completed a minimum of 10 full-course credits, 20 half-course credits, or a combination of at the university degree level at the time you apply.
Applicants from Quebec
Applying During Final Year of Studies
Advanced Standing or Transfer
Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum, we cannot accept transfer students.
If you are accepted to NOSM University, you must complete the full four (4) years of the medical program.
Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation
The minimum required overall GPA is 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. Grades will be converted to a 4.0 scale according to the OMSAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table. The GPA is calculated on all converted undergraduate course grades completed at a recognized institution as of the application deadline.
While this meets the minimum criterion for admission consideration, be aware that, given the rising level of competition for a limited number of positions, a higher GPA would provide you with a more reasonable chance of admission.
The following are included in the GPA calculation:
- Grades for supplementary, spring, summer, and part-time study and distance education courses
- If you repeat a course, and both course grades appear on your transcript, both the past grade and the repeated grade will be included in the GPA calculation
We will not consider the following in the GPA calculation:
- Courses reflected on the transcript as “Pass” with no grade indicated
- For applicants attending a program where “Pass” or “Credit” is given in some courses in lieu of a letter or numerical grade, independent grades from a minimum of ten (10) full-course, twenty (20) half-course credits, or a combination of course credits are required.
- Individual grades received for course work taken as part of a graduate degree
Applicants are required to verify their average in the “Document Tracking” section of the OMSAS application. We may also review this average.
If you have foreign transcripts (from outside of Canada or the United States of America), including graduate work, refer to the International Transcripts – Credentialing International Grades section on the Transcripts webpage.
Applicants with a Graduate Degree
If you have a graduate degree (Masters/PhD), you will not be considered for admission as part of a separate applicant pool. You will be assessed 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.
To ensure compliance with the 3.0 cut-off, it is only after the initial GPA calculation that an additional 0.2 will be added to the undergraduate GPA.
To be eligible for the addition of 0.2 to your GPA, you must meet one (1) of the following two (2) requirements:
1. Your graduate degree is conferred and OMSAS has received your final transcript by December 1 of the application year.
2. Your Registrar’s office or Graduate Studies Office sends an official letter to OMSAS by December 1 of the application year stating that you have met all the requirements of your graduate degree and are eligible to graduate. The letter should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept any letters sent directly to us.
Please note that any offer of admission for those choosing option 2 would be conditional on the NOSM University Office of Admissions receiving an updated transcript via OMSAS by June 30 of the potential enrolment year.
You will not receive the additional 0.2 for more than one (1) graduate degree.