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MSc AHN and MAHN

We offer both a thesis-based Master of Sciences Applied Human Nutrition program and the applied (non-thesis) Master of Applied Human Nutrition program.

These are the admission requirements for both programs:

An undergraduate degree with a minimum B average (3.0 GPA) in one of the following areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Foods
  • Related health professions such as Nursing, Health education, or Pharmacy

The following undergraduate courses:

  • Applied statistics (0.5 units*)
  • Biochemistry (1.0 units*)
  • Physiology (1.0 units*)
  • Sociology, psychology, or communications (1.0 units*)
  • 3000-level Human Nutrition (1.0 units*)
  • 4000-level Human Nutrition (1.0 units*)

*One unit of coursework is the equivalent of one full-year course or two half-year courses; 0.5 units of coursework represent a course that runs for one term only.

Please see the Graduate Academic Calendar for full admission requirements.

You may enroll in either program full-time or part-time.

A student who is enrolled in three courses per term is considered a full-time student. Most full-time MAHN students complete the program within a year. Most full-time MSc AHN students complete the program within two years.

Students have up to five years to complete the program requirements, but most part-time students finish the program in three to four years. Part-time students must register in at least two courses per year.

Master of Applied Human Nutrition

In this program, you will complete 10 graduate courses. (The Graduate Academic Calendar describes these requirements as 5.0 units of coursework.)

Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition

The MSc AHN is a research-intensive, thesis-based course. In this program, you will complete seven graduate courses and a thesis. (The Graduate Academic Calendar describes these requirements as 3.5 units of coursework and a 1.5 unit thesis.)

If you would like to become a registered dietitian, you must complete the MSc AHN and the Internship Education Program.

The Internship Education Program is open to students who are enrolled in the Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition program and who wish to meet the PDEP Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). To be eligible for the Internship Education Program, you must be a graduate of a PDEP-accredited undergraduate program. Apply to the internship at the time you apply for admission to the graduate program. You may be interviewed prior to admission.

Once you have successfully completed all the MSC AHN requirements and the internship courses (NUTR 4501, 4502, and 4503), you will be eligible to write the national examination required by all provincial dietetic associations or colleges for registration as a professional dietitian.