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Course Load Requirements

A demonstrated capacity to carry a full program of demanding advanced level courses is a necessary asset for a medical student. The ability to obtain consistently better than average grades in such a program is the best indication of that capacity.

To be eligible to apply to Dalhousie Medical School, a full course load of five full classes (30 credit hours) in each of the two most senior years of the baccalaureate degree submitted for assessment is generally required. This is the case regardless of the course load required by the program in which you are enrolled.

Only fall and winter terms are used for assessment. Summer courses do not count towards GPA or course load requirements.  

No specific courses are required, but students are encouraged to pursue challenging and diverse topics, and to have a natural progression in their course selection of the degree being completed.

An academic record which shows failed or repeated courses, courses passed with low grades or supplementary examinations, particularly in the two years prior to anticipated entry into medical school, makes the prospect of admission unlikely.

Successful completion of a full course load in the 2 most senior years of a baccalaureate degree program is generally expected and preferred. However, the Admissions Committee may consider individuals who submit applications which effectively demonstrate exceptional circumstances and are able to provide sufficient evidence for sustained academic ability despite an incomplete course load (less than 10 courses/ 60 credit hours in 2 most senior baccalaureate years) The Admissions Committee reviews such applications on a case-by-case basis.

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.