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MD Program Admissions

MD program presentation

The application for entry in Fall 2016 is now closed. The next opportunity to apply is in July 2016 for entry in Fall 2017 through the Ontario Medical School Application Service - OMSAS.

The official admissions policy for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine for entry in August 2017, is published in the 2017 Ontario Medical School Application and Instruction Booklet. Refer to this booklet for deadlines. This booklet is available through: Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS).

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All students are expected to be in a state of health such that they may participate in the academic program, including patient care, without posing a risk to themselves or others.

All applicants are encouraged to review the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine Policy Document entitled Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine. and the McMaster Policy on Communicable Diseases and Occupational Health prior to application to the MD Program.

Please note that the admission policy is reviewed annually and the admission requirements from the previous year may not apply. Because of the nature of the selection procedures, deadlines are strictly enforced. All relevant documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines. Applicants must follow the instructions precisely.

The intention of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is to prepare students to become physicians who have the capacity and flexibility to select any area in the broad field of medicine. The applicant is selected with this goal in mind. Faculty, medical students and members of the community are normally involved in the review of applications.

Application to the medical program implies acceptance by the applicant of the admission policies and procedures, and the methods by which candidates are chosen for the program.

Failure by the applicant to comply with the instructions or to meet the deadlines will result in disqualification of the application.

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015, 4:30 p.m. EDT. Candidates planning to apply to Ontario medical schools must register/create an online COMPASS OMSAS application by September 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Several hundred applicants will be invited for interviews in Hamilton in March or April. Invitations for interview are determined on the basis of applicants' academic performance, and an assessment of their preparedness for a career in medicine and suitability for the McMaster Undergraduate Medical Program. From this group a class of 203 will be selected.


Waterloo and Niagara Regional Campuses:

Of the 203 positions in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, 28 are currently designated for the Waterloo Regional Campus and 28 are currently designated for the Niagara Regional Campus. All applicants invited to the McMaster MMI (Multiple-Mini Interview) will be asked to rank their site choice (Hamilton, Waterloo Region or Niagara Region) as 1, 2, 3 or No Preference. Offers of admission to the medical school will be made from the master rank list irrespective of geographical preference. Subsequent to filling the 203 positions, registrants to the class will be offered a position based on their preferences. The offer of admission will be binding to a specific site.

Combined MD/PhD Program:

The Faculty of Health Sciences is pleased to offer a MD/PhD Program, with its first students commencing the Program in September 2007. Successful applicants will be admitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences MD/PhD program with PhD studies in one of five graduate programs affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. These include: Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, Health Research Methodology, Neurosciences and Biomedical Engineering. To apply to this program, you must submit a separate application in addition to the OMSAS application. To gain admission, you must be accepted to both the MD program at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and one of the PhD programs listed above, offered through the School of Graduate Studies. Additional information and program application (due November 1, 2015) can be found at: Health Sciences Graduate Studies or from the Office of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences), McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, MDCL 2235, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton ON L8S 4K1.


Open sessions for those who are interested in applying to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine are held annually, in conjunction with the opening of the new admissions cycle. All sessions are held in the evening. The 2016 sessions will be held:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Campus, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton ON, MDCL 1102

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the Niagara Regional Campus, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines ON, Brock University, Cairns Complex, Room 219

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Waterloo Regional Campus, 10 Victoria Street, Kitchener ON, Room 2018

All information presented at the sessions is posted on this website. Please see the Information Session flyer here.


CASPer - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University are required to complete a 90 minute computer-based test, called CASPer, as part of the selection process.

CASPer, the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal characteristics, is a web-based assessment of interpersonal skills and decision-making, to be completed at a computer.

Successful completion of CASPer is required to maintain applicant eligibility.


MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

The MCAT is required for application to McMaster. It must be written within five years of the application deadline in the year you are applying. The score from the Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT will be used in both formulae (offer of interview and advancement to collation). A minimum score of 6 on the Verbal Reasoning component is required. The scores on other sections of the MCAT will not be considered in the selection process. The Verbal Reasoning score will continue to be accepted for five years from the date it was written, as long as it is the most recent MCAT written.

For those writing the new MCAT (available beginning April 2015), McMaster will use the score from the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section. A minimum score of 123 is required. The scores on other sections of the MCAT will not be considered in the selection process.

For those who write the MCAT more than once, the score from the most recent MCAT will be used.

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