GPA and GPA weighting

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Ontario Medical School Application Service’s (OMSAS) Grading System Conversion Table [PDF) is used to calculate GPA with your grades from all undergraduate courses completed on a full-time basis.  All grades are included in a single GPA, including grades from multiple degree programs, multiple universities, full-time summer courses, and/or from full-time non-degree undergraduate study. Part-time courses are counted towards meeting the prerequisite and degree requirements but they will not be included in the GPA calculation. Grades are not weighted differently based on your year of study.

If you are in a co-op program and have academic terms with full-time studies in the summer, these semesters will be treated as regular academic study, and will count towards your GPA. If you have carried a full-course load, i.e. 5 FCEs, it will count towards your eligibility for the weighting formula. Please note that you must have also completed a minimum of six academic semesters to have weighting applied.

Weighted GPA Formula (wGPA)

If you have completed every year of your undergraduate studies on a full-time basis with a full-course load i.e. five full course equivalents (FCEs), in the regular academic session (September-April), we will automatically apply the wGPA formula.  The wGPA removes two FCE grade(s) if you apply after completing three years of undergraduate study under a full course load. If you apply after having completed any additional years of study, they must also be under a full course load to continue being eligible to drop the two FCEs of your lowest grades.

The wGPA is designed to encourage you to take a demanding course load to better prepare for your medical studies. If you do not qualify for the wGPA, your application will still be assessed using a cumulative GPA (cGPA) formula. If you have any questions about your eligibility for wGPA, please contact us.

If you are not eligible for wGPA but wish to have special consideration for it to be applied due to unusual circumstances, you should submit your request, supported by reasons, using the Academic Explanations Essay as part of your OMSAS application. All requests for special consideration will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and may be subject to verification.  No decision will be released.

I will be applying during my third year of undergraduate studies, am I eligible for wGPA?

No, you need to have completed at least three years of study at the time of application to qualify for wGPA.

I completed four courses (two FCEs) in the fall semester and six courses (three FCEs) in the winter semester during my undergraduate studies, am I eligible for wGPA?

Yes, the course load is determined by the regular academic session of study, not by each semester.

I will take some extra courses over the summer to meet prerequisite and/ or degree requirements; does that affect my eligibility for the wGPA?

No, as long as you have completed each year of your undergraduate degree on a full-time basis with a full-course load i.e. five FCEs, in the regular academic session (September-April).  Courses taken part-time will not be included in the GPA calculation or affect your eligibility for wGPA. Summer courses taken fulltime will count towards your GPA but not your wGPA eligibility. 

I have completed my undergraduate degree and am going to complete a fifth year of non-degree study, will I qualify for wGPA?

If you complete all five years on a full-time basis with a full-course load i.e. five FCEs, in the regular academic session (September-April), you will be eligible to have your lowest two FCEs removed from the calculation. 

My university operates on a 30 credit system. How many credits do I need to take each year to qualify for the wGPA?

In a 30 credit system, 28-30 credits are considered a full course load.

I have some advanced standing credits. How will this factor in the GPA calculation?

Advanced standing credits cannot be used in the GPA calculation, however they are counted towards the number of credits needed to apply, and may be used to meet the prerequisites.