Ottawa Medical School Acceptance Rate

Last Updated on December 13, 2022 by

Application deadlines for programs taught in French, courses under the Faculty of Education, and all the Graduate courses vary from that of the undergraduate courses.


Application ModeOnline
Application PortalUG: University Application Portal
PG: Ontario University Application
Application FeeUG: 19 USD
PG: 83 USD
Acceptance Rate(2021)15.3%
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonFall and Winter
Student to Faculty ratio12:1
Language Proficiency requirementEnglish and/or French

University of Ottawa programs

There are about 450 undergraduate programs at the University of Ottawa. The school equally has programs for graduate studies and continuing programs. Regardless of your area of study or specialization, the University of Ottawa has something for you.

All the available programs of study at the University of Ottawa are administered by faculties, departments, and schools that are shared across the university?s campuses. These faculties are the faculty of arts, education, engineering, health sciences, law (civil section and common law section), medicine, science, social science and the Telfer School of Management.

It is important for international students to note that the University of Ottawa does not admit international students into the faculty of medicine. Nevertheless, all faculties and departments are known for the quality with which they deliver the educational services required. Most of these faculties rank in different fields.

Application details

As an international student from Nigeria studying at the University of Ottawa, you get to enjoy subsidized tuition fees without the quality of the education you are receiving being affected. As a Nigerian, before you would be considered for admission into the University of Ottawa, you must have completed Senior Secondary School with your WAEC certificate to show for it. If you have also completed a post-secondary school program that is relevant to your course of study, you are eligible to apply too.

Nigerian students are to ensure that they have credits in all the required subjects for their program of study. These subjects vary however, the University of Ottawa counts the English Language or French as a compulsory subject.

If you are thinking of studying another language e.g Asian, Arabic, Russia, etc, you would not be able to get direct admission, you would have to take the course in addition to another program which would be considered as your main program of study.

In some cases, you might be required to provide additional documents or pass an audition or additional exam so be prepared.

University Of Ottawa Medical School Admission Requirements

  • Eligibility Criteria / Course load requirements / PrerequisitesApplications will be accepted from students in good standing who will have successfully completed, in a recognized university, three years of full-time studies (five courses per semester each per year) in any undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, including specific prerequisite courses completed with a minimum Grade of B:Course requirements:Note: Units are equivalent to credits.
    • 6 units in humanities /Social Sciences (see examples)
    • 6 units in Biology (we also accept Anatomy and Physiology courses)
    • 3 units in Organic Chemistry
    • 3 units in Chemistry
    • 3 units in Biochemistry
    • 3 units in StatisticsNote: 3 units (credits) are equivalent to a one(1) semester course, and 6 units (credits) are equivalent to either one full-year course or two semester-long courses.Humanities/Social Sciences – Examples: You may fulfil the Humanities/Social Sciences requirements with any courses that are not science based. These include, but are not limited to: Sociology, Psychology, Math, Religion, Administration, English Literature, English Writing, etc.Lab requirement:
    • The laboratory requirements can be met by either having 6-units-worth of courses (indicated above in course requirements) that include a laboratory component and/or by having completed additional course(s) up to 6 units that are exclusively laboratory-based.Note: The three years of full-time undergraduate study and prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the begining of June preceding admission into the MD Program.An academic year where the equivalent of four (4) courses per semester is taken will be recognized as a full-time year of study and will be included in the cGPA calculation provided that the missing courses to fulfil the full-time (5 courses per semester) requirements, are completed either as additional courses within another academic year or as summer courses. Individual courses taken during a summer session are accepted and the mark obtained is counted in the calculation of the cGPA if completed during the last 3 years of full-time undergraduate studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. Any year with less than four courses per semester will not count as a full-time year of study. A full-time summer semester does not replace a semester of studies within an academic year (except for Co-op programs). AP, IB and transfer units are not recognized as fulfilment of full-time studies requirement.Candidates are allowed to complete missing prerequisite courses during the academic year preceding admission but, as with all courses, not during the summer before their registration in the MD program of studies.The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa determines equivalencies.Second language courses are not recognized toward the Humanities / Social Sciences prerequisites.

      N.B. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission.

      Furthermore, in selecting students, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to assess, in the applicant’s program, the level of difficulty of completed courses and their relevance to future medical studies at the University of Ottawa; the Committee also considers the candidate’s results in these courses. Please note that professional degrees earned at Canadian Institutions are generally considered undergraduate degrees. Applications will be individually assessed during the evaluation process once the application is submitted at OMSAS.   Full-time studies completed by distance education will not be recognized since the spirit of the full-time studies requirements is to be able to assess and compare how candidates succeed in a full-time course load and to predict how the candidates will perform and cope with the rigorous demand of the medical program.Close
  • Admission IrregularitiesThe Faculty of Medicine may, at its discretion, refuse to accept future applications to the MD program from a candidate who has submitted a false, misleading or fraudulent application in the past to any medical school.Close
  • Incomplete ApplicationsThe OMSAS instruction booklet makes reference to the importance of the application materials and required documentation being received at OMSAS by the published deadlines. Applicants must ensure that OMSAS receives their transcripts by the stated deadline, so that the file can be reviewed and a verification report can be sent to the applicant in sufficient time to allow any errors or omissions to be addressed. If an applicant’s transcript issues are not resolved before our selection process begins, it will not be possible to insert the file into our process, and a disqualification status could be assigned to the application.Close
  • CASPer® Test
  • Citizenship
  • Credentialing of Non-Canadian Grades
  • Undergraduate Degree or Certificate of One-Year Duration
  • Co-operative Education Programs (Co-op)
  • College Studies – Community College/Cegep (Quebec)
  • Ontario Secondary Schools
  • Non Eligible Candidates
  • Selection Policies
  • Special Students / Mature Applicants
  • Applications from Graduate Students (Masters and PhD)

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Roger Guindon Hall
451 Smyth Road, Room 2045
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5

Tel.: 613-562-5409
Email: [email protected]

  • Dr. Geneviève Lemay
    Assistant Dean, Admissions
  • Chantal Renaud
    Admissions Officer
  • Diane Parent
    Admissions Assistant
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