Frequently Asked Questions

Can I check if my courses are acceptable as prerequisites?

If you are not sure whether the course fits the definitions given here, you may e-mail us with the course description. It is not necessary to verify Biology, Anatomy or other medical sciences courses, even if they are taken under the auspices of Nursing or Kinesiology.

Can I choose to be evaluated as an undergraduate?

No, however applicants enrolled in a course-based Master's that is in progress will be assessed as undergraduate applicants. You are still required to submit the contact information of a verifier for your program as part of your OMSAS application. Without this information your application would be incomplete and may not be considered.

Can I complete prerequisites in the year of application?

Yes, but registration in the course must be shown on the transcript submitted to OMSAS.

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.

Can I send an update to my ABS?

No. The activities listed are limited to those prior to the application deadline.

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.

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.

Can I take first or second year courses in my third or fourth year?

You are expected to complete studies that correspond with your current year.  For example, if you are applying for admission while registered in the third year of undergraduate studies, you should have at least three third-year or higher courses in your program. If you are in the fourth year of your program, you should be enrolled in a majority of courses at the third- and fourth-year levels.  Please note that this is an expectation rather than a requirement.  It is recognized that at times, students take courses in lower years for various reasons, such as a change in program or to complete subjects of interest or prerequisites that did not fit the academic schedule previously.  If you have information about your academics you feel is important for the Admissions Committee to know, you may explain your individual circumstances using the Academic Explanations Essay within the OMSAS application.

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.

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.