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Admission Requirements

Applications for September 2023 are OPEN! Apply Now

The Master of Medical Studies (MMS) is an online, asynchronous, Distance Learning Program with no in-Canada requirements for students. It is designed to give students the freedom to work through their course material and research on their own time.

GOAL: To train physicians to do research relevant to their communities.

Note: On the approval of the Post-Graduate Program Director, physicians currently enrolled in a NOSM University post-graduate residency program will also be eligible for admission to the MMS program.

Additional information for international applicants:

  • Study Permits cannot be issued for this program.
  • Following completion of this program, international students will not be eligible for Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
  • International students must enroll as a full-time student.
  • Are you currently in Canada or planning on coming to Canada for a clinical or research fellowship? You can apply to the program as an international student. 

Application overview:

1. Requirements

Ensure you meet the admission requirements listed below for the Master of Medical Studies Program.



2. Deadlines

Applications have opened for a September 2023 start date.

To start the program in September 2023, applications must be received by April 24, 2022


3. Documents

Download the Applicant Checklist and make a timeline to prepare the required documents.



Click on the + to see details on each application requirement.


Should you be accepted to the MMS program, to be considered a domestic student, you will be required to provide the Office of Admissions and Learner Recruitment with proof of Canadian Citizenship. In order to be considered a domestic student, one of the following documents is required.

Notarized/certified copies must not be older than two years from the application submission deadline; otherwise, a new notarized/certified copy is required. 

  • Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
    Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate/Act of Birth issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be Canadian government-issued photo ID).
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
    Confirmation of permanent residence must be accompanied by a photo ID (must be a Canadian government-issued photo ID).

Curriculum Vitae

An academic CV should include the following:

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Professional Appointments
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
  • Grants and Fellowships
  • Conferences

MD degree and MD transcript

If the language of instruction is not English, the transcript must be accompanied by a certified literal translation to English.

Domestic applicants: Provide a copy of your medical degree and transcript.

International applicants: Applicants who have attended postsecondary institutions outside of Canada and US must have their foreign transcripts assessed and verified by World Education Services (WES, or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG, a member of Intealth).
If verified by WES, we require a Credential Evaluation Report, including a Course-by-Course analysis.
If verified by ECFMG/EPIC, we require a Credential Evaluation of the Final Medical Diploma and Final Medical Transcript.
WES and ECFMG/EPIC evaluations must be sent directly to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (by email or mail, full address will be provided on application platform) from WES and ECFMG/EPIC and received by the application deadline.

English proficiency test score, if applicable

If English is not the applicant’s first language, applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency. Applicants may meet our English language requirements if three (3) full years of recent study in an English language school system have been successfully completed or are in the process of being successfully completed. If this cannot be demonstrated, applicants will be required to present proof of English language proficiency.

The NOSM University Graduate Studies Programs accepts the following language tests with the required minimum scores as proof of English language proficiency:

Minimum English Proficiency Test Scores

Test scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Applicants must upload test results with their application.

Three (3) academic letters of reference

The referees should discuss the applicant’s academic experience, how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity.

Identify up to three (3) potential Faculty Supervisors

These 1-3 potential Faculty Supervisors must be from the approved list of Faculty Supervisors.

International applicants:
Please reach out to to discuss the nature of your proposed research project. Depending on the nature of the research, there may be additional administrative requirements to complete.

Personal statement

It must not exceed 500 words. It must include:
• a rationale for applying to the MMS program
• future application of the skills learned
• summary of previous research training (if any)

Proposed research statement

It must not exceed 250 words. It must include:
• overview of the proposed research
• rationale for the project
• the proposed location/area

Application fee: $100
A $1,000 tuition deposit is required to secure a spot in the program when an applicant accepts the offer of admission.

Additional information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.