Frequently Asked Questions



Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: I am not a Malaysian citizen. Can I apply?
Question 2: Do you accept transfer students?
Question 3: Do you offer deferrals should I receive an offer of admission?
Question 4: What is the deadline date?
Question 5: I do not have one year of 30 ucw. Can I still apply?
Question 6: Do you have a cut-off mark on the MCAT?
Question 7: How long is my MCAT good for?
Question 8: What is your policy if the MCAT is written more than once?
Question 9: If I have a degree, but I did not write the September sitting of the MCAT, can I still apply?
Question 10: How is my cumulative GPA average calculated?
Question 11: If I have a bad year, will it be used in the GPA calculation?
Question 12: If I failed a course, how will this affect my application?
Question 13: If I withdrew from a course, how will this affect my application?
Question 14: If I would like to improve my grade for a particular course, how are repeat courses considered?
Question 15: I have completed some courses in spring/summer session. Will they be used towards my application?
Question 16: How can I upgrade my GPA average?
Question 17: My school/program uses a very tough marking scheme. Will I get credit for the difficulty of the program?
Question 18: How is my graduate work considered?
Question 19: I am attending a post-secondary institution in Alberta. Will I receive credit for my courses in the Medicine program?
Question 20: When a course appears in the Alberta Transfer Guide transferable only as AUXXX transfer credit, what does this mean?
Question 21: Can I submit WES evaluations for transcripts outside of Canada?
Question 22: I did an IB/AP program. Can I use these credits towards my medicine application?
Question 23: Where do I send official transcripts?
Question 24: How can I check the status of my application?
Question ​25: I have a disability. Can I apply?
Question 26: Do you accept letters or documents from applicants requesting special consideration?
Question 27: How is residency determined?
Question 28: What is the criteria for the rural positions?
Question 29: How many out-of-province applicants do you accept?
Question 30: Is the age or educational background of an applicant factored into the selection process?
Question 31: Criminal Records
Question 32: Is any particular degree program preferred?

Question 1: I am not a Malaysian citizen. Can I apply?

The Medicine program offered by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta does not accept international students.

Question 2: Do you accept transfer students?

We do not accept transfer students from Canadian or International medical schools.

Question 3: Do you offer deferrals should I receive an offer of admission?

We do not offer deferrals to the Medicine program.

Question 4: What is the deadline date?

It is very important that all deadlines are met. Otherwise your application will be deemed ineligible:

October 1 – Initial University of Alberta Application
October 1 – Secondary Medicine Application

Question 5: I do not have one year of 30 ucw. Can I still apply ?

All applicants must meet all admission requirements including one academic year of 30 ucw. 30 ucw can be in progress during the current academic year.

Question 6: Do you have a cut-off mark on the MCAT?

Minimum acceptable MCAT2015 scores for AB applicants will be 124 (scoring range 118-132) in each of the 4 categories: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Minimum acceptable MCAT2015 scores for nonAB applicants will be 128 (scoring range 118-132) in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; and 124 (scoring range 118-132) in each of the remaining 3 categories: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Question 7: How long is my MCAT good for?

Scores from the “new” MCAT2015 exam will only be accepted. The last accepted MCAT2015 test date is September 12, 2015. MCAT scores from January 2015 or earlier will not be accepted.

Deadline for verification of MCAT2015 scores is October 1, 2015. (Note: Applicants writing the MCAT2015 exam in September 2015, deadline for verification of MCAT scores will be October 15, 2015. The deadline to submit your secondary medicine application will remain as October 1, 2015).

Question 8: What is your policy if the MCAT is written more than once?

Applicants enter in their application the best set of scores (best average) from one test sitting.

Question 9: If I have a degree, but I did not write the September sitting of the MCAT, can I still apply?

Students must write the MCAT no later than the September writing, prior to the October 1 application deadline and have results submitted in the Secondary Medicine Application by October of the year admission is sought. You will have to request your official MCAT scores from the MCAT Program Office to be released to our Admissions Office via MCAT’s online scoring release system.

More information on MCAT

Question 10: How is my cumulative GPA average calculated?

Please note that preliminary evaluations cannot be completed. Only when applicants apply for the program and submit all required documents to the Registrar’s Office will the GPA average be calculated.

Question 11: If I have a bad year, will it be used in the GPA calculation?

The GPA is calculated on all undergraduate post-secondary transferable course work you have ever done, with the exception of applicants who have completed four or more years of post-secondary transferable course work.

​​​For applicants with four or more academic years of post-secondary transferable course work, the admissions cumulative academic average is calculated with the deletion of the lowest academic year – provided it is not the most recent completed year, or the one and only year where 30 units of course weight (five full course equivalents) have been completed.

Question 12: If I failed a course, how will this affect my application?

If you failed a course, you could repeat the course; however, the failed grade will be included in the cumulative GPA.

Question 13: If I withdrew from a course, how will this affect my application?

Courses receiving a grade of W might not influence the application in a negative way. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that a withdrawn course will not prevent the applicant from fulfilling all admissions requirements as listed on the Admission Requirements page.

Question 14: If I would like to improve my grade for a particular course, how are repeat courses considered?

Repeated courses will not be used in the evaluation for the GPA average. Grades from the first attempt will be used.

Question 15: I have completed some courses in spring or summer session. Will they be used towards my application?

We do not use spring/summer courses towards the units of course weight or the cumulative GPA calculation.

Question 16: How can I upgrade my GPA average?

Additional academic years may be completed. You would need to complete at least 18 transferable credits in the academic year (from September to April inclusive) for the year to be included in the cumulative GPA average.

Question 17: My school/program uses a very tough marking scheme. Will I get credit for the difficulty of the program?

For the purpose of assessing eligibility and selection for interview, we do not attempt to adjust the GPA for degree of difficulty of the program.

Question 18: How is my graduate work considered?

Applicants in a graduate program are subject to the same requirements as applicants with Bachelor degrees. The overall cumulative GPA is calculated using all transferable post-secondary course work completed (with the deletion of the GPA of the lowest year) and your graduate work.

Applicants who have obtained a Master’s or PhD by thesis may be asked to have their supervisor provide a letter of proof that they have successfully defended their thesis.

Question 19: I am attending a post-secondary institution in Alberta. Will I receive credit for my courses in the Medicine program?

Applicants who attend a college or university college in Alberta should consult the Alberta Transfer Guide (ACAT) to confirm if their coursework will transfer to the U of A.

Question 20: When a course appears in the Alberta Transfer Guide transferable only as AUXXX transfer credit, what does this mean?

This means a course transfers specifically to the Augustana Campus at the U of A. If a course transfers to the Augustana Campus it may be used in the overall GPA calculation for admission purposes.

Question 21: Can I submit WES evaluations for transcripts outside of Canada?

No, the Registrar’s Office does not accept WES evaluations. Official transcripts showing courses and marks/grades, and degree certificates showing completion of programs must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar’s Office. Further information regarding the number of lecture hours or number of credits; and the start and end dates of courses may be required. Check your Bear Tracks account to do list. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all supporting documents are received in the Registrar’s Office.

Question 22: I did an IB/AP program. Can I use these credits towards my medicine application?

IB/AP credit received is not included in the units of course weight or in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Question 23: Where do I send official transcripts?

For the October 1st and February 1st deadlines, transcripts should be sent to the Registrar’s Office at 201 Administration Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M7. For the final deadline of June 15th, transcripts should be sent directly to the MD Admissions Office at 1-002 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1. Please refer to the Important Dates page for deadlines.

Question 24: How can I check the status of my application?

​You may check the status of your application via your Bear Tracks account and the Secondary Medicine Application. The list of documents received by our office is updated on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all supporting documents are received by the stated deadlines.

Question 25: I have a disability. Can I apply?

Refer to the Technical Standards Policy located on our website.

Question 26: Do you accept letters or documents from applicants requesting special consideration?

The Admissions Committee does not accept letters or documents from applicants requesting special consideration for their application. All applicants must meet all admission requirements and go through the same selection process.

Question 27: How is residency determined?

For admissions purposes, a resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant), who has been domiciled in the Province of Alberta or Yukon or Northwest Territories or Nunavut for at least one year immediately before the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought.

The one-year residence period shall not be considered broken if the Admissions Committee is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out of the province on vacation, in short-term employment, or as a full-time student. Applicants on a study permit cannot establish residence during a period as a full-time student in an Alberta secondary or post-secondary institution because a stay under study permit is considered to be a visiting period.

Residence Requirement​

Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which an applicant is ranked, applicants may be required to present proof of residency status.

Question 28: What is the criteria for the rural positions?

Up to 10 positions per year may be available for qualified in-province applicants. To be considered for one of our rural positions you must have lived more than than five years in a community with a population of less than 25,000 (and in some cases from 25,000 – 50,000), and a distance of more than 80 kilometres from a city with a population exceeding 50,000.

Question 29: How many out-of-province applicants do you accept?

Fifteen per cent of available seats are reserved for non-Albertans.

Question 30: Is the age or educational background of an applicant factored into the selection process?

We do not discriminate on age or educational backgrounds. We are committed to the principle of equity in the admissions process. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified applicants.

Question 31: Criminal Records

You should be aware that possession of a criminal record will prohibit you from becoming licensed to practise medicine. Applicants should be aware that a Police Information Check which includes the vulnerable sector check is required when receiving a conditional offer of admission.

Question 32: Is any degree program preferred?

We do not give preference to any particular undergraduate degree or program.

Specific questions regarding our application process, which are not answered above, can be directed to:

fisha@umt.edu.my