Admission Requirements

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Chair

Daphne Lordly, DEd (UniSA), MAHE (MSVU), PDt FDC, Professor

General Information

The Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition and the Master of Applied Human Nutrition programs will provide students with the opportunity for advanced level study in nutrition with an emphasis on issues related to community nutrition, food and human nutrition. The programs explore the theoretical foundations of nutrition through critical reflection on current research and practice within the discipline and drawing from other related disciplines.

Students seeking registration as a professional dietitian must apply for either the Master of Applied Human Nutrition or the Master of Science Applied Human Internship Education Program. To be considered for the Internship Education Program applicants must meet Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) undergraduate competencies. Please consult the PDEP website for information about acceptable undergraduate programs: https://www.pdep.ca/accreditation/accredited-program-list.aspx

Students who are not seeking registration as a professional dietitian may apply for the Food and Nutrition Practicum Program during study in either the Master of Applied Human Nutrition or the Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition programs.

Admission Requirements

Students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree in nutrition, dietetics, foods or related fields, e.g. health sciences, kinesiology, biology, biochemistry, health promotion/education, and nursing. Students will normally have achieved a minimum of a B average (GPA 3.0). Credit in the following undergraduate courses will normally be required: applied statistics; biochemistry; physiology; sociology, psychology or communications; and 3000 or 4000 level human nutrition. Where there are deficiencies, additional undergraduate coursework (achieving a minimum grade of B) may be necessary in advance of graduate study.

The application package submitted for admission will include:

For Master of Applied Human Nutrition (MAHN):

  • Statement of Intent including career goals and how our program will facilitate achieving these goals
  • Two letters of reference (academic references)

For Master of Applied Human Nutrition (MAHN)with Internship:

  • Confirmation of completion of PDEP accredited undergraduate dietetic program
  • Statement of Intent including career goals and how our program will facilitate achieving these goals
  • Resume identifying significant postgraduate related work experience in nutrition, foods, foodservice and/or community service
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)

For Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition (MScAHN):

  • Statement of Intent including career goals and how our program will facilitate achieving these goals
  • A two-page research proposal including references*, or for applicants who have not yet identified a specific research plan, a two-page description of research interest(s) including references*
  • Two letters of reference (academic references)

For Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition (MScAHN) with Internship:
Statement of Intent including career goals and how our program will facilitate achieving these goals

  • Confirmation of completion of a PDEP accredited undergraduate dietetic program
  • A two-page research proposal including references*, or for applicants who have not yet identified a specific research plan, a two-page description of research interest(s) including references*
  • Statement of Intent including career goals and how our program will facilitate achieving these goals
  • A two-page research proposal including references*, or for applicants who have not yet identified a specific research plan, a two-page description of research interest(s) including references*
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional reference

Completed application for MAHN and MScAHN with or without Internship should be submitted by January 31 of the year immediately preceding intended enrolment. Applications are considered by the Applied Human Nutrition Graduate Studies Committee, and additionally for those applying to the Internship, the Internship Selection Committee. Normally, there is no January admission to the program. We reserve the right to interview applicants before acceptance.

*The purpose of the two-page research proposal is to assess the research potential and writing skills of the applicants. Alternatively, applicants may submit a two-page description of their research interests including references. Due to the limited number of students that can be supervised by AHN faculty members, the applicants for MScAHN program are strongly advised to contact in advance and identify their potential thesis supervisor(s) in their Statement of Intent; however, those applications in which the supervisor is not identified will be considered as well.


Immunization Requirement

To be able to participate in courses, including internships, which have placements or labs in health facilities it is necessary to have a physician complete a health screening form that verifies your immunization for contagious diseases. There is a fee for the immunization and your health plan may cover all or part of this cost. Please contact the Department for more information.

Criminal Records Check

Students are advised that certain courses and the internship which have placements in health facilities and community organizations require a recent and currently valid Criminal Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year which runs from September 01, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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