Program Information

School: McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Health Science and School of Medicine
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Medicine (MD)
Description: The School of Medicine, established in 1966 and renamed the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2004, offers major programs in undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate medical education. The Undergraduate Medical Program for the MD degree was initiated in 1969, graduating its first students in May 1972. At present, 203 students are admitted to the program each year.

The three-year program in Medicine uses a problem-based approach to learning that should apply throughout the physician’s career. The components have been organized in sequential blocks with early exposure to patients and case management. The academic program operates on an 11 months-a-year basis and students qualify for the MD degree at the end of the third academic year.

URL: MD at McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Based: Yes
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplementary fees.

Application #: 3785
Enrolment #: %
Acceptance Rate:
Careers: Cardiologists,Specialist Physicians,General Practitioners and Family Physicians

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:

  • Medical College Admission Test
  • Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 85] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70]

If you have been asked to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and their respective minimum score requirements are as follows: IELTS – 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); CAE – 176 overall with minimum score of 154 in each component; PTE – 60 overall with minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking; CAEL – 70 overall; MELAB – 85 overall (minimum 80 in each of the three required components, minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required)); TOEFL IBT – 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening). Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. To view exemptions from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements, please visit:

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference

Applicants are required to submit three reference letters. Please visit the website for complete details.