Overview of the application process
Are you eligible to apply?
To be considered eligible for admission, all prospective students must meet all minimum academic and non-academic requirements.
Check out the admission requirements to see if you are eligible to apply.
Apply Now - Complete Section 1
Our online application is available on June 15th. A $70.00 application processing fee is required with Section 1. The deadline to submit Section 1 of your application is on or before 11:59 pm Atlantic Time July 31st. Section 1 MUST BE submitted in order to receive Section 2, essay and supplemental form of the application.
It is important to note that the earlier you submit Section 1 of your application the more time you will have to complete the essay and supplemental form (Section 2).
Complete Section 2 - Personal Statements: Short Answer Questions & Supplemental Form
Section 2 of the online application consists of:
- Mandatory online entry of course names and grades and unofficial transcript upload
- Mandatory online entry of MCAT testing date and MCAT results
- Mandatory residency verification form
- Mandatory short answer questions and supplemental information
- Mandatory for non-maritime applicants – 250-word statement outlining decisions that contributed to your selection of Dalhousie Medical School
- Optional personal context questionnaire
Verifiers and contact information are required for activities listed in the Supplemental. It is STRONGLY recommended that applicant’s inform their verifiers of their medical school application. Verifiers are contacted by email and/or phone between November and February. Consider informing your verifiers that they may be contacted during this period, and to check their email and junk mail folders. If a verifier does not respond, the activity is considered UNVERIFIED and may adversely impact your application.
The following is a working document of the Personal Statements: Short Answer Questions & Supplemental information.
[NEW 2021-2022] The personal statement format has changed from long form essay to 5 short answer questions. The purpose of this change is to elicit applicant’s specific responses to questions intended to assess a variety of non-academic attributes. Questions may vary annually. Responses are limited to 1700 characters. Applicants’ responses should answer the question directly and provide specific examples, where applicable.
Responses are reviewed by Admissions Committee. As applications are anonymized for the Admissions Committee, applicants should not include information that could identify themselves (eg name).
Application Processing Fee
Application processing fee ($70.00) is due on or before July 31. Online self-service payment at:
Due to impacts of COVID-19 please review updates for transcript submission for the 2020/2021 application cycle here
Unofficial transcripts from each school listed on your application will be required to be uploaded within Section 2 (due September 3) of the online application. Unofficial transcripts will be used in evaluating applications for admission. Further instructions for this will be included in Section 2 of the application.
Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to submit official transcripts. Additional information on this will be sent to those invited for interview. If there are discrepancies in your official transcript and the unofficial transcript uploaded in Section 2 this may result in cancellation of your application.
If you have completed undergraduate or graduate studies at Dalhousie, you are not required to submit transcripts as the Admissions Office has access to these online.
If you participated in an exchange program and the wish to include these courses in the 60 most recent credit hours for 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 (www.wes.org) assessment. This WES assessment is required to be submitted as part of the application.
If your degree is granted from an accredited university outside of Canada a World Evaluation Services assessment is required to be submitted by the Section 2 deadline.
Transcripts can be sent to:
Admissions & Student Affairs
Clinical Research Centre
5849 University Avenue, Room C-124
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Complete and release CASPer scores
CASPer test scores must be completed during the same application cycle in which you are submitting an application. That is, CASPer test scores are valid for one application cycle only. CASPer results from previous application cycles are not eligible for future application cycles.
CASPer test dates for Dalhousie are usually held in the month of August.
Release MCAT scores
For each application cycle, the last eligible MCAT test date is in the month of August.
For the 2021-2022 application cycle, the last eligible MCAT test date is September 11, 2021
MCAT scores must be released from AAMC-MCAT to Dalhousie Medicine Admissions annually. Applicants and re-applicants are responsible for authorizing AAMC-MCAT to release MCAT scores to Dalhousie Medicine each year. Dalhousie Medicine cannot access your MCAT scores without the applicant's notification of release to the AAMC. MCAT scores from previous application cycles will not be automatically applied in future application cycles.
See MCAT Requirement
All eligible Maritime applicants (ie have met GPA, MCAT, CASPer requirements and submitted online application and processing fee) are invited for interview. Depending on interview capacity, approximately 60-100 eligible Non-Maritime applicants will be invited for interview. Interview selection for Non-Maritime applicants is determined by GPA, MCAT, CASPer and supplemental information regarding applicant's compelling reasons for choosing Dalhousie Medicine.
Interview invitations are distributed via email, usually in the month of October. Invitations include instructions on how to select your preferred interview location and time. There are sufficient interview slots for each invitation distributed. Applicant interview self-scheduling is completed on a first come, first serve basis. To secure your preferred interview location and time, it is strongly recommended that applicants complete the interview self-scheduling process as early as possible. In specific circumstances where Admissions Office may be required to change interview time and location, applicants will be notified of any changes.
Interview format for the 2021/2022 application cycle has not yet been confirmed. Please monitor our website for updates.
All decision letters are distributed via email usually in March each year.
TIPS for applying
This document contains information you may find helpful if you are a new applicant or if you are someone who has decided to re-apply.
Admissions Committee meets regularly between October and March to complete application file reviews including Personal Statements: Short Answer Questions and Supplemental Forms. Verifiers listed in applications are contacted by email and/or phone by the Admissions Office between November and February. It is STRONGLY recommended that applicants inform their verifiers of their medical school application. Consider informing your verifiers that they may be contacted during this period, and to check their email and junk mail folders. If a verifier does not respond to the Admissions Office, the activity is considered UNVERIFIED and may adversely impact your application.