Excellence of Marks

Each year, a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) is set for the current application pool. The required minimum cGPA 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) 
  • Military Medical Training Program (MMTP) - Canadian Forces
  • Social Accountability Initiative (varies according to the different geographical status)
  • 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 cGPA cut-offs are determined by the quantity and the quality of the applications that we receive.  Candidates who would like to learn the cGPA cut-off for their category are invited to contact the admissions office at admissmd@uottawa.ca

When calculating the school grade point average to assess excellence in marks for admission to the MD program, we will use the cumulative grade point average (cGPA) based on the applicants most recent three years of full-time (5-courses per semester per year) undergraduate studies completed towards a bachelor’s degree in any recognized University. The cGPA will include all full-time courses taken during the regular academic year (Fall and Winter semesters) AND individual courses taken during the summer semester during that period. 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 cGPA calculation.

In order for the academic year to count towards the cGPA calculation, a maximum of one pass/fail graded course per semester may have been completed in accordance with the five courses per semester each 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 cGPA calculation. On-line courses taken within the most recent three years of full-time study, which is used to calculate the cGPA, will be included in the assessment. Any on-line courses taken outside the most recent three years of full-time requirement will not be included in the cGPA.  Prerequisite courses with the minimum grade of B (equivalent to 70% at Cegep) completed outside of the most recent three years will count towards fulfilling the prerequisite credits, however, the grades will not count towards the cGPA.


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