Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

It appears that there are further changes coming, as part of the Admissions Renewal plan started in 2019. When will these changed be announced?

The next set of changes that are part of our multi-phase Admissions Renewal Plan will be shared in the Fall of 2020.

Should I not apply if my GPA and MCAT are slightly below the minimum requirements, even though I qualify in terms of the other requirements?

All applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements in order for their application to be screened. We are adhering to the minimum GPA and MCAT requirements due to application numbers.

Do I require a certain grade for prerequisite courses?

No. We require that prerequisite courses have been passed.

Could I submit an academic explanation essay to have my already-defended but not yet conferred master’s to be classified under masters conferred rather than masters in progress?

Applicants must submit official documentation before the application deadline. If your degree is not yet conferred by October 1st, it will be treated as an in-progress degree when reviews take place.

For MD/PHD applicants, can we have duplicate referees in addition to the graduate supervisor (e.g. references that were used for the MD portion of the application)?

The 3 additional letters of reference for the MD/PhD applicants can include some duplicate referees, but they will have a different focus (i.e. your scientific ability and potential).

Are we allowed to have a reference section in the BPEs?

Yes. Each brief personal essay must be 250 words or less. This word count does not include titles, references or verifiers, if you choose to include these.

Can I send updates for my ABS and transcripts?

No. The activities listed on your ABS, as well as transcript information, are limited to those prior to the application deadline.

I completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Will it be treated as a graduate degree?

The PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) is a professional, undergraduate degree and not a graduate degree. 

Who are the independent reviewers for detail file review?

Independent reviewers are closely connected to U of T’s medical community. Each year, we invite residents, clinical fellows, physicians, allied health professionals, and community members, to name a few, to join our group of file reviewers and interviewers.

I am a member of an underrepresented community. How do you ensure that a member from my community is included in my file review or interview process?

Each year, we invite residents, clinical fellows, physicians, allied health professionals, and community members, to name a few, to join our group of file review and interview volunteers. We also enlist the help of our current MD student representatives to recruit a diverse group of volunteers each year.

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