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MD Program Admissions

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The application for entry in Fall 2015 is now closed. The next opportunity to apply is in July 2015 for entry in Fall 2016 through the Ontario Medical School Application Service - OMSAS.

The official admissions policy for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine for entry in August 2016, is published in the 2016 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 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.

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.


The application for entry in Fall 2014 is now closed

The next opportunity to apply is in July 2015 for entry in 2016.



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.

Information on 2015 CASPer dates will be available here soon.


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. This year's sessions were held in July 2014 at the Hamilton Campus, the Waterloo Regional Campus and the Niagara Regional Campus

All information presented at the sessions is posted on this website.

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.

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. Further information can be found at Health Sciences Graduate Studies.

Notice regarding publications:

The medical schools and OMSAS do not endorse or support presentations or publications other than their own. Up-to-date information should be obtained directly from the schools' admissions offices or their websites.


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