GPA Requirement

(NEW 2021/2022) 

Dalhousie Medicine Admissions Committee recognizes that the appropriate academic preparation for the study of medicine can be acquired through many varied educational backgrounds. Beginning with the 2021/2022 application cycle, a full course load (defined as 5 full courses or 30 credit hours per academic year) is no longer a requirement.

It is important to note that while the full course load requirement has been removed, applicants should be aware that the undergraduate medical curriculum is a rigorous, full time curriculum. Being able to maintain a full academic schedule with a minimum GPA most likely approximates and prepares applicants for the academic capacity necessary to successfully meet the expectations of the undergraduate medical education curriculum. 

Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Maritime):

Minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale calculated by;

  1. the 60 most recent credit hours of graded (alpha/numerical) courses from a completed or in-progress to be completed 90-120 credit baccalaureate degree. 
  2. OR using up to 15 credit hours of graded (alpha/numerical) courses from a completed or in-progress to be completed graduate degree (Masters or PhD) PLUS the 45 most recent credit hours of graded (alpha/numerical courses from a completed 90-120 credit baccalaureate degree

Residents of all other Canadian provinces and territories  (Non-Maritime) 

Minimum of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale calculated by;

  1. the 60 most recent credit hours of graded (alpha/numerical) courses from a completed or in-progress to be completed 90-120 credit baccalaureate degree. 
  2. OR using up to 15 credit hours of graded (alpha/numerical) courses from a completed or in-progress to be completed graduate degree (Masters or PhD) PLUS the  45 most recent credit h ours of graded (alpha/numerical courses from a completed 90-120 credit baccalaureate degree

Please note:

  • Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer term courses are eligible for GPA calculation, provided they contribute to the degree requirements. For example; credits from summer courses that are not part of the 120 credit hour degree requirements are not eligible for GPA calculation. If an elective course contributed to the 120 credit hour degree requirements then it is eligible for GPA caclulation.
  • Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit courses will not be included in the GPA calculation. This includes exchange programs and/or semesters abroad. ​If the semester abroad/exchange courses occur within the 60 most recent credit hours and the applicant wishes to include these courses in GPA calculation, then  numerical or alphabetical course grades from the exchange are ​required to be submitted. If alpha-numerical grades for the exchange courses are not reflected on your home university transcript, the applicant is required to obtain a World Education Services (WES) assessment. This WES assessment is required to be submitted as part of the application.
  • For repeat courses: If both grades for a repeated course fall within the 60 most recent credit hours then both grades will be included in the GPA calculation

     

    - To view sample transcripts outlining the GPA assessment options above click here

    - In determining your GPA, the OMSAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table is used.

    - Overall GPA is rounded to the nearest tenth

    - If your degree includes exchange courses from another university, numerical course grades       MUST be provided in order to be considered in GPA assessment.  If numerical course grades for   exchange courses are not provided on the official transcript, a World Evaluation  Services assessment is required to be submitted by the Section 2 deadline. 

    - If your degree was granted from an accredited university outside of Canada, official transcripts and a World Evaluation Services assessment is required to be submitted by the Section 2 deadline.

 


 

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.