1) Program Admission Requirements
1. Completed at least 90 credits of university-level study by April 30 of the year for which admission is sought, including required university-level prerequisite* coursework.
Note(*) A full year of English (minimum of 6 credits) is the only required prerequisite coursework required. However, courses in biology, general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Further information on recommended courses can be found at M.D. Undergraduate Admissions.
2. At least a 75% average for BC applicants and a 85% average for out-of-province applicants are required, on all university-level courses attempted.
3. Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
and request that your results be released to UBC.
- submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
- submit a list of extracurricular activities
- submit a report of non-academic experiences and rural interest statement
- submit a resume (employment history)
- submit three references, when required
- Rural/remote Suitability Evaluation (if applicable)
- participate in an interview (if granted, which follows the Multiple Mini-Interview format where each applicant rotates through 10 different stations)
1. No particular degree program is considered ideal as preparation for the study and practice of medicine. A variety of pre-medical academic backgrounds is considered desirable.
2. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program. Persons with refugee status in Canada can also apply, however admission will be contingent on attaining permanent residency in Canada and providing proof of this status two weeks prior to the start of classes.
3. Preference is given to residents of BC. However, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year.
4. You must apply using the online application available on the Faculty of Medicine website.
5. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program. Details on admission criteria and selection process can be found at M.D. Undergraduate Admissions.
6. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs:
- 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (SMP); based at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna
- 32 students in the Island Medical Program (IMP); based at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island
- 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (NMP); based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
- 192 students in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP); based at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus
2) Institution Admission Requirements
Applicants also have to satisfy UBCO's institution admission requirements as listed below.
English Language Requirements
One of the following (minimum scores):
- four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
- A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
- A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
- A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
- CAEL score of 70 overall
- Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
- CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600
- IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
- PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
- An internet based TOEFL score of 90 overallwith a:
- 22 in reading
- 22 in listening
- 21 in writing
- 21 in speaking
- Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
- Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
- Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus
- If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard.
Verify with the institution directly
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Admission Requirement page
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
For details on BC Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here.
For details on Yukon Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here
For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here
(and select your Province in the drop-down menu)
BC Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool
to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.
As a mature applicant, you must be out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.
For details on Mature Student admission at UBC, please check here
For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here
Other Student (including Special Consideration)
Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.