UofM Medical School Requirements and Acceptance Rate

The University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is one of 17 medical schools in Canada and the first medical school in the prairie provinces.

In 2021, the UofM medical school acceptance rate was 12.5%. Of the 877 undergraduate students that applied, only 110 were admitted into the program. However, the acceptance rate for applicants who applied from outside of Manitoba is smaller at 1.25%. Of the 399 out-of-province applicants, less than 6 were admitted to the program.

The UManitoba medical school undergraduate requirements, including admission statistics, are categorized below in the priority of what an applicant must submit to be considered:


  1. Pre-requisite courses
  2. Minimum number of years of undergraduate study required
  3. GPA


  1. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  2. CASPer Test
  3. Reference Check
  4. Interview

UManitoba Medical School Requirements: Prerequisite Courses

All students applying to the University of Manitoba Medical School must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree by the proposed year of entry.

There are no specific course requirements for admission to this medical school. However, it is recommended that students take the following courses to prepare themselves for the MCAT. Biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology, biochemistry, microbiology, and research methods.

UofM Med Requirements: GPA Calculation and Requirements

The University of Manitoba has a bias towards in-province (IP) applicants over out-of-province (OOP) applicants. The university states that a maximum of 5% of seats can be given to OOP applicants. The reason behind this choice is so that students who graduate from their program are more likely to serve the communities they studied in. As a result admission requirements are less competitive for IP applicants versus OOP applicants.

The following statistics are provided in the University of Manitoba GPA scale (maximum 4.50). To convert this scale to your preferred province or territory check the University of Manitoba GPA equivalency document.

Minimum GPA to Apply (All)Average GPA of accepted applicants (IP)Average GPA of accepted applicants (OOP) Lowest GPA Admitted (All)

When calculating your GPA an adjusted GPA (AGPA) is calculated from all undergraduate degree courses, including summer and spring courses as well as grades from repeated courses. Up to your lowest 30 units worth of courses (equivalent to 1-full year) will be dropped from your GPA calculation.

Pass grades and credit hours will not be used in the AGPA calculation or in the total hours completed.

UofM Medical School Requirements: MCAT and CASPer 

MCAT and CASPer Overview:

CASPer RequiredMCAT RequiredMCAT Scores Considered
Highest Score

MCAT Admission Score Statistics:

C/P ScoreCARS ScoreB/B Score P/S Score
Minimum Score Admitted (ALL)502 Total502 Total502 Total502 Total
Average Score Accepted (IP) 514 Total514 Total 514 Total 514 Total
Average Score Accepted (OOP)519 Total519 Total 519 Total 519 Total
Mean scores were not released for each section by the UofA only for all sections combined

CASPer Test: The Canadian Professional Health Sciences test is required by this University. Only the 90-minute situational judgement test is required. This test must be taken in the language you intend to study during your studies. The CASPer snapshot will not be taken into consideration by the admissions committee.

Medical College Admission Test: The University of Manitoba must have received and verified your MCAT score by October 15th of the year of application. The MCAT must be written in the past 4-years prior to the date of application. If taken multiple times the most advantageous score to the applicant will be considered in your application. For those looking for MCAT prep courses, we recommend those offered by the Princeton Review. They are a reputable long standing company that offers a variety of different course options to meet individual needs.

University of Manitoba Medical School References:

Upon receiving an offer of an interview three references must be provided to the University of Manitoba. Applicants should select referees who have current knowledge of their attributes and activities and who can evaluate their suitability for the study and practice of medicine. They must not be family or extended family members. It is suggested that applicants select referees that are work/volunteer, and/or academic and/or character recommenders.

Letters of reference are solely used to verify the suitability of the applicant and do not contribute to the final weighting of application decisions.

UManitoba Medical School Interview:

MandatoryBy InvitationNumber of Applicants InvitedEntering Class Size

Shortlisted candidates will be required to partake in an interview with the University of Manitoba admissions team. Interview invites will be decided based on the following weighting formula:

  • AGPA: 20%
  • MCAT: 50%
  • CASPer: 30%

The format of the interview will be an MMI consisting of 12 interview stations. One of these stations will be used for a rest break and another will be used to complete a written component of the MMI.

If you are looking for interview practice check out our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions.

UofM Med Offers of Admission Decision:

The University of Manitoba Medical School’s offers for admission will be based upon a mix of academic achievement, MCAT scores, CASPer score, and results of the interview process. The exact breakdown of the formula used for admission decisions is provided below:

  • AGPA: 15%
  • MCAT: 40%
  • CASPer: 10%
  • MMI: 35%

Requirements for other Medical Schools in Canada:

If you would like an in-depth analysis of the medical school requirements for other universities in Canada click here. Or if you want information on a specific university click on any of the following links:

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