university of manitoba medical school gpa calculation

Last Updated on October 31, 2021

As an OOP, I love applying to Manitoba MD, it’s the easiest, clearest and FAIREST process in Canada, 5 steps:

Step 1. Your average or operative MCAT = 0.375*VR + 0.375*BS + 0.25*PS

(SORRY OOP, only 25 applicants invited to Interview for 10 seats, so average MCAT < 10.75 is out at step 1 for OOP)

I think a weighted MCAT is perfect solution and each MD school can have their own weight formula.
I hope one day McMaster will change their MCAT = 1*VR + 0*BS + 0* PS (only use VR)
to 0.5*VR + 0.25*BS + 0.25*PS (more balanced but weight 50% on VR not 100%)

Step 2. 4.5 GPA system, which is A+ 4.5 A 4 A- 4 B+ 3.5 B 3 B- 3 C+ 2.5 C 2 C- 2 D+ 1.5 D 1 D- 1 F 0

IB/AP courses can count in GPA calculation if you want, IB 7 = A+ = 4.5, IB 6 = A = 4.0, IB 5 = B+ = 3.5, IB 4 = B = 3,
Most Languages and High Level IB courses will give 6 credits, Most Standard Level courses will give 3 credits BUT some courses not transferable, see this

For McGill students which is 4.0 GPA (exact same as OMSAS & AMCAS) without A+, table C MAYBE applied
Table C A 4.5 A- 4.0 B+ 3.5 B 3.0 C+ 2.5 C 2.0 D 1.0

Here’s the link to Manitoba GPA thread

we’re sure McGill’s A is more than 4.15 100% sure, could be 4.25 or 4.3 even 4.5.

Original link, BUT this is NOT confirmed by Manitoba MD admissions. So McGill applicants may get AGPA at Manitoba Caped at 4.0 on 4.5 scale if Manitoba MD admissions only use first table.

Like Toronto U., if you have completed 100 credits, Manitoba will drop your lowest 18 credits (6 courses), for 120 credits or above, Manitoba drop 30 lowest credits (10 courses) from GPA calculation. WOW, now you can take the courses you like even these courses are tough or the professors are tough, it’s OK, it can be dropped from GPA if you didn’t get good grade.

Step 3Pre-interview score = 72.7% MCAT + 27.3% GPA + 0% ECs + 0% Essays + 0% Reference

I love Manitoba which only use MCAT and GPA to select applicants for Interview, which is not only Easy, Clear BUT ALSO FAIR. I respect but DON’T like Toronto U. which don’t care how high your MCAT is, as long as you have 9,9,9 you’re on the level field. But since Toronto U. want the BEST applicants they want you to fill 48 ABS and 8 essays and 3 reference before interview, this process is NOT Easy, not Clear. I can’t say it’s fair or not.

Why weight MCAT more than GPA ?

Different universities/schools/majors/years/professors have different difficulty level, how to compare GPAs? unfair for tough programs and tough schools. So GPA weight less is Logical. MCAT is the same test for all applicants, so weight more.

Step 4. If you’re selected for interview, you will be contact to submit reference letters, which only Pass or Fail, it’s easy.
(based on GPA and MCAT if you’re not competitive enough, Manitoba don’t want to read your reference letters.)
(before interview, Manitoba need some assurance from 3 reference that you’re OK socially.)

Step 5. After interview, final SCORE = 45% MMI + 40% MCAT + 15% GPA

I just love it. So easy and clear. The most important is it’s FAIR. Because there’s NO GPA or MCAT cut-off at final step, Just formula.
And they published statistics on website
so just calculate your own score and compare with statistics then you can know your chance at Manitoba MD.

I love it. What do you think?


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I love it too. Can you explain the reference stuff more? What do you mean by pass/fail?


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That means Manitoba MD didn’t weight or count reference for interview score or final score for admission.

As long as you pass on 3 references. That means your reference letters were accepted, and no FLAGED.

Here’re some situations you fail on reference:

– You don’t have 3 references submit on time in winter (from referee’s names on your application form that submitted in fall)

– One or more your reference say something bad about you, which FLAGED you

– One or more your referee didn’t qualified as a referee, like you use your parents as your referee

So, to pass on reference:

1. Your referees must qualified according Manitoba MD’s website.

2. When Manitoba MD contact you in winter to send in reference, you have to make sure your referees follow Manitoba MD’s procedure and do it on time

3. Your referees only say good things about you, not something bad to FLAG you.

This is my FIRST TIME apply to Manitoba, if I’m wrong, please correct me. Thanks.


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I agree their process is very easy and fair (and I benefited from it by having a great MCAT, and not great GPA that was largely corrected by U Man’s generous weighting formula – hence I was accepted).

However, to suggest that MCAT should be given more weight at other universities isn’t really supported by any research. I.e. after a certain point, MCAT scores don’t seem to correlate much to future competence as a physician. Some components correlate somewhat to medical school performance, but not strongly. 

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Posted  On 9/30/2014 at 4:01 PM, Want2beMD said:

This is my FIRST TIME apply to Manitoba, if I’m wrong, please correct me. Thanks.

I believe the only thing you are missing is the coefficients.  There is a rural and an academic coefficient that may augment your composite score (both pre- and post MMI-).  

The rural coefficients consider:

  • rural “roots”;
  • rural work experience; and
  • rural volunteer or leadership experience.

The academic coefficients consider:

  • PhD;
  • peer-reviewed publications; and
  • academic appointments in a research or professorial stream.

Both of these coefficients may add up to 13% to your composite score.  So, in theory, someone could add 26% to their composite score, which is quite an advantage.  That being said, I doubt that anyone hits a composite score that high.  It’s also important to note that any qualifiers for the academic coefficient must be present prior to the initial (October) application date.  I think I had a journal accepted for publication just a few days after the deadline and was told that it would not count for anything.  

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Hey guys, 

1. Anyone know what is the average score for receiving an interview based on the following formula Pre-interview score = 72.7% MCAT + 27.3% GPA

Also, what are my chances with AGPA (3.4) and MCAT 32 (10PS/ 10VR/ 12 BS) — 

I’d greatly appreciate any all your help! 


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Here’s the link for class 2019 pre-interview stats

The OOP AGPA is 4.15 to 4.5, MCAT is 12.5 (38) to 13.625 (41).

I knew at least one McGill got interview this year as an OOP,

Since McGill’s highest mark is A, I think McGill’s A is not converted to 4.0 on 4.5 GPA scale after all.


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So you need to score in the 99th percentile on the MCAT to get an INTERVIEW at uman as an OOP.



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MCAT is king at U of M.

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