MCAT

MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians

In 2019, the AAMC and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC) are piloting a fee assistance program for Canadian  examinees who register to test during the 2019 testing year. Canadian examinees who are eligible and qualify, will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates. For more information about this pilot, please visit www.afmc.ca/en/mcat-fee-assistance-program.

Saskatchewan Resident, Diversity and Social Accountability Admission Program and Aboriginal Admissions MCAT Requirements as of Application October 2019 (for Admission 2020)

NOTE: The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2019. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 15, 2019 and October 25, 2019. Even if you have released your scores to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine prior to October 15, 2019, you must re-release them during the above stated time period. Only scores released during the above stated time period will be considered. 

For application fall of 2019 for entry fall of 2020, no minimum MCAT section or test sum percentile will be required (however, see the next paragraph). MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2019 for entry fall of 2020 are from January 2016. Only the most recent MCAT will be considered. Confidence bands are not considered and any further AAMC adjustments to percentile scores after our MCAT score release deadline of October 25, 2019, will not be considered. We will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

The Admissions Committee removed individuals who applied in the last admissions cycle from further consideration if their test sum was < the 24th percentile in the MCAT written April 2015 onwards. Applicants applying by October 1, 2019, for entry in 2020 should note that the Admissions Committee will evaluate the MCAT scores of all applicants before determining the required minimum MCAT score for incoming 2020 medical students (the required total MCAT score likely will be similar to last year or slightly higher). 

The Admissions Committee, in assessing an individual’s application, will review the MCAT section scores for consistency and for concordance of the MCAT total score percentile with the individual’s university academic average (UAA). Inconsistency within the MCAT section results, or discordance between the MCAT total score percentile and the UAA (e.g., MCAT result unexpectedly low based on the UAA), can serve as grounds for the Admissions Committee to remove an individual’s application from further consideration. 

This past year in addition to the total score percentile cutoff of >24, the Admissions Committee set the minimum section percentile score cutoffs of BBFL >29; CARS >23; CPBS >12; PSBB >19.

While no prerequisite courses are required, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses (introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology) to ensure readiness for the basic sciences covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum and to prepare for the MCAT as well. Registration for the MCAT is online.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle

MCAT Accepted
(Only most recent score considered)

Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT — January 2016 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2020 for Entry Fall of 2021 MCAT — January 2017 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2021 for Entry Fall of 2022 MCAT — January 2018 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2022 for Entry Fall of 2023 MCAT — January 2019 — earliest accepted

Out-of-Province Residents MCAT Requirements for Application October 2019 (for Admission 2020)

The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2019. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 15, 2019 and October 25, 2019. Even if you have released your scores to our office prior to October 15, 2019, you must re-release them during the above stated time period. Only scores released during the above stated time period will be considered.

To be eligible to apply in the fall of 2019 for entry fall of 2020, Out-of-Province Resident applicants must meet a minimum result of the 80th percentile for the test sum and for each of the four section scores. MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2019 for entry fall of 2020 are from January 2016.  Only the most recent MCAT will be considered. Confidence band scores are not considered and any further adjustments to percentile scores by the AAMC after our MCAT score release deadline of October 25, 2019, will not be considered. We will not be confirming receipt of MCAT scores.

The Admissions Committee, in assessing an individual’s application, will review the MCAT section scores for consistency and for concordance of the MCAT test sum percentile with the individual’s university academic average (UAA). Inconsistency within the MCAT section results, or discordance between the MCAT test sum percentile and the UAA (e.g., MCAT result unexpectedly low based on the UAA), can serve as grounds for the Admissions Committee to remove an individual’s application from further consideration. 

While no prerequisite courses are required, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses (introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology) to ensure readiness for the basic sciences covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum and to prepare for the MCAT as well. Registration for the MCAT is online.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle

MCAT Accepted
(Only most recent score considered)

Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT — January 2016 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2020 for Entry Fall of 2021 MCAT — January 2017 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2021 for Entry Fall of 2022 MCAT — January 2018 — earliest accepted
Application Fall of 2022 for Entry Fall of 2023 MCAT — January 2019 — earliest accepted

Multiple Mini Interview

The 2020 MMI dates are: March 21-22

Admission Acceptance Deposit

The MD program tuition is $17,998.00 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% ($1,800.00) of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer. That is, candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the fee will forfeit the 10% deposit.

U of S Tuition

Criminal record check

All applicants offered admission will be required to submit a criminal record check including vulnerable sector screening to the College of Medicine by the first day of orientation of the year of entry.

All applicants should familiarize themselves with the Criminal Record Check Policy and Procedures. Results will be shared, including sharing a copy of the documentation, with: (i) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and (ii) other medical and/or educational institutions as required. In the event that an applicant is found to be ineligible for an educational license, the offer of admission will be revoked.

Applicants to the College of Medicine will be required to answer the following questions on the application form and provide detailed information for any question(s) answered “Yes”:
  • Have you ever been suspended, disqualified, censured, or had any disciplinary action taken against you as a member of any profession?
  • Have you at any time been (i) charged with an academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution or (ii) suspended, expelled, required to discontinue, or otherwise disciplined (including being denied readmission) for any academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution (including in either (i) or (ii) being cited for any professionalism issues at any time)?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence (this includes any offence for which pardon has been received)?
  • Have you been arrested or charged with any criminal offence, in Canada or elsewhere?
  • To the best of your current knowledge and belief, are you currently under investigation for possible criminal conduct, in Canada or elsewhere?
If you are a future applicant considering application to the U of S College of Medicine and answer “yes” to any of the preceding questions, it is recommended that you contact the Admissions Office to have an informal review of the details of your background completed to determine future possible concerns with regard to admission or licensure as a medical student.
 

Immunization Requirements

For full details on the Immunization Requirements please see our policy here.

Admission statistics

Admissions Appeal

NOTE:  Applicants will have 5 business days from the date a negative application decision is emailed to launch an appeal of that decision.
 
The Admissions Appeals Committee will hear and decide upon applicant appeals of decisions made by the Admissions Committee. If you appeal, your appeal must include the Appeal Form (below) which you have filled out and signed. The Appeal Form and any attachments must be submitted in writing (hard copy with signature) and received in the Admissions Office on or before the deadline. Appeals are to be sent to the Chair of the Admissions Appeals Committee, c/o Admissions Office, Box 17, Room 5B53.2, Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5E5. An appeal initiated by email correspondence will not be accepted.

As outlined in the Policy on Admission to Degree Programs - Admission Decisions - Appeal of Admission Decisions, ratified by University Council on May 1st, 2012 - “Grounds for an admission appeal shall be limited to: (1) unit procedural errors, (2) evidence that the information used in the assessment of the decision was wrong or incomplete, or (3) evidence that the assessment was not made according to the published admission qualifications and selection criteria. A failure by the applicant to provide accurate and complete information in accordance with the established admission qualifications and selection criteria shall not be grounds for an appeal. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final and no further appeal procedure will be entertained.” Any appeal launched must specify the ground(s) the appeal is based on.