Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
Is the graduate GPA assessed competitively?
Graduate applicants must obtain a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 / 4.0 on the OMSAS scale. It is assessed competitively. Although graduate applicants may apply with the minimum required GPA of 3.0, the possession of the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee acceptance. To acknowledge the academic challenge of undertaking graduate work, applicants pursuing graduate degrees will receive credit for their accomplishments during the file review process.
Can I drop Summer courses, following the announcement regarding the Winter 2020 grades and changes to weighted GPA Calculation?
Summer courses can be dropped as part of the 2.0 FCEs, if applicants maintain a full course load for the regular session of the academic year (September-April) and study full-time in the Summer.
I completed a Co-op component as part of my academic program, which was over the summer term. How will you assess the Co-op component?
For Co-op studies, all full-time academic semesters count towards the GPA. We are aware of the nature of Co-op programs and know that some academic terms occur in the summer, as students may be in work placements in other terms. If you took a full course load or more during the academic terms (September-April or September-August, as determined by your program), and have completed 6 academic terms, you are eligible for weighting. Applicants who completed a Co-op program are encouraged to submit an academic explanation essay with links to program credit requirements and course load, especially if the transcript does not include information specific to Co-op. The essay and additional information at the links provided will help determine wGPA eligibility for Co-op students.
Can you explain the difference between full-time studies and a full course load?
Full-time studies include 3.0 or more full course equivalents (FCEs) in the regular academic session (September-April). A full course load represents 5.0 (FCEs) in the regular academic session (September-April). A full course load is typically the absolute maximum number of courses you can take per year without requesting special permission. The course load is determined by the regular academic session of study, not by each semester.
For the wGPA, does the full course load have to be in the same academic year? For instance, if I took four courses in the winter semester and then took six courses in the following fall semester, would I be eligible?
No. A full course load is determined based on each specific academic year (ie. Sept-April). You cannot combine different semesters from different academic years.
I will be applying during my third year of undergraduate studies, am I eligible for wGPA?
No, you need to have completed at least three years of study at the time of application to qualify for wGPA.
Does a withdrawn course (W) count towards a full course load for wGPA?
No. For a course to count towards wGPA, it must be completed, even if it is failed. As a withdrawal is not a completed course, it cannot be used towards a full course load. Withdrawn courses are not removed as your lowest courses either, as they are not completed courses.
Is the cut-off GPA of 3.6 for undergraduates and cut-off GPA of 3.0 for graduate applicants cumulative or weighted GPA?
The GPA of 3.6 for undergraduate applicants and 3.0 GPA for graduate applicants are not cut-offs, but the minimum GPA requirements. The possession of the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Applications that do not show evidence that an applicant achieved the minimum academic requirements at the time of application will not screened. File screening is the first step in the evaluation process, before they are sent for detailed file review. The cut-off changes each year, depending on the pool of applicants.
My university operates on a different credit system than UofT. How many credits do I need to take each year to qualify for the wGPA?
Pleases contact us for further advice. Include links to your university website that details the credit requirements for a regular academic session (September-April), and for your program.
Will the new 2020-21 admissions requirements continue into the 2021-22 cycle and future cycles?
The change affecting Winter 2020 grades will be applied to all future applications. Please review the MD Program website for any other annual changes or updates.