Excellence of Marks

Each year, a minimum weighted grade point average (WGPA) is set for the current application pool. The required minimum WGPA is 3.50/4.00 and upwards according to the following list of categories (not necessarily in this order):

  • Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) 
  • Indigenous Program
  • Francophone stream (varies according to the different geographical status) 
  • Anglophone stream (varies according to the different geographical status)

These categories reflect the mission statement of the Faculty of Medicine. The autobiographical sketch and the permanent address listed on the application form will be used to determine the geographical status of the applicants.  Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of geographical status.


Candidates who meet the required minimum average set for their category will see their application advance in the selection process and those who do not meet the minimum cut-off will not advance further. The minimum WGPA cut-offs are determined by the quantity and the quality of the applications that we receive.  Candidates who would like to learn the WGPA cut-off for their category are invited to contact the admissions office at admissmd@uottawa.ca

The mark used at the various steps in the selection process is the weighted grade point average (WGPA), the calculation of which is calculated based on the applicants most recent three years of full-time undergraduate studies completed towards a bachelors degree in any recognized University. Marks obtained on supplementary courses taken outside the usual academic session or during a summer session will not be included in the WGPA calculation.  Marks obtained in an academic year where a candidate has completed a semester (or full year) abroad as part of an exchange program will not be included in the WPGA calculation.

In order for the academic year to count towards the WGPA calculation, a maximum of one pass/fail graded course per semester may have been completed in accordance with the five full-year courses/year requirement.  Therefore, an academic year in which more than one pass/fail graded course was taken in one semester is not considered in the WGPA calculation.

A candidate who has completed only two years of full-time undergraduate studies, but is registered in third year of full-time studies at the time of application, will have the second year marks counted times two and the first year marks times one. Marks obtained for courses completed during the current application year will not be used to determine which candidates will be invited for interviews.

Example:

yr 1

3.85 x 1

=

3.85

yr 2

3.82 x 2

=

7.64

-------

 

Total

 

11.49 ÷ 3 = 3.83 (WGPA)

A candidate who has completed three years of undergraduate full-time studies at the time of the application, the third year marks will be counted by a multiple of three, the second year marks times two and the first year marks times one

Example:

yr 1

3.85 x 1

=

3.85

yr 2

3.82 x 2

=

7.64

yr 3

3.90 x 3

=

11.70

--------

 

Total

 

23.19 ÷ 6 = 3.87 (WGPA)

A candidate who has completed more than the three required years, only the three most recent years of full-time undergraduate studies will be used to determine the WGPA.

Example:

yr 1

3.85

 

 

yr 2

3.82

 

 

yr 3

3.90 x 1

=

3.90

yr 4

3.85 x 2

=

7.70

yr 5

3.89 x 3

=

11.67

-------

 

Total

 

23.27 ÷ 6 = 3.88 (WGPA)

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