Admissions for the undergraduate MD program

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine is responsible for providing a program of undergraduate medical study such that graduates have the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and attitudes necessary to enter the supervised practice of medicine in Canada. Graduates must be able to diagnose and manage health problems and provide comprehensive, compassionate care to their patients while working collaboratively with patients, families, peers, and allied health professionals. For this reason, students in the MD program must possess essential abilities and skills for the study and practice of medicine. Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine’s Technical Standards document outlines and describes these essential abilities and skills and can be found here.

Prospective applicants and students are expected to review this document to assess their ability to meet these standards. Students who require disability-related accommodation are responsible for notifying the medical school so that reasonable and appropriate accommodation can be provided.

The Admissions Office facilitates and processes all undergraduate applications for the Faculty of Medicine.  Entrance to the Dalhousie MD program is currently 134 students annually:

  • 79 positions for Nova Scotia residents
  • 40 positions for New Brunswick residents
  • 6 positions for Prince Edward Island residents
  • 9 positions for Other Canadian residents 

The number of positions are subject to change and will be updated on the Dalhousie Medicine Admissions website. 

Dalhousie Medicine presently has two physical campuses. Seat allocation to each campus is based on an applicant's place of residence.

Admissions Committee

Successful candidates are determined by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers both academic and non-academic factors.  Please see admissions requirements for more details.  We are proud that our medical students have diverse backgrounds and a variety of post-secondary educational and work experiences.

The Admissions Committee is a large Committee which includes representation from clinical faculty and basic science research faculty in the Faculty of Medicine, other Dalhousie Faculties, medical students and community members.


Changes to admission requirements

Admissions requirements are reviewed annually and the admissions requirements from previous years may not apply. Please monitor our website for up-to-date information.