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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have some questions about the program, costs and funding, and the application procedure. If you don’t find answers to your questions here, contact us by phone or email.

The Program

What is the difference between the MAHN and the MSc AHN?

The MAHN is an applied graduate course that requires you to complete ten graduate courses. If you want to pursue a career in dietetics or nutrition, this program is ideal for you.

The MSc AHN is a research-intensive, thesis-based graduate course that requires you to complete seven graduate courses and a thesis.

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

In the MSc AHN program, you will research and write a thesis under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. When you are applying to this program, you should consider the academic interests of current faculty when choosing a thesis topic.

Visit the faculty profile pages to learn about the academic interests of faculty members.

How long does the program take to complete?

Completion times vary. Depending on the course availability, and whether you want to study full-time or part-time, you can finish the MAHN in as little as one year, and the MSC AHN in as little as two years.

Part-time students have up to five years to complete the program requirements.

Do you offer flexible learning options?

Yes! Many of our students work full- or part-time, have families, and other personal and professional commitments. We offer a variety of learning options, including full- or part-time enrolment and evening classes.

If I have an interest in pursuing the MSc AHN, how do I find information about the research backgrounds of potential supervisors? 

Visit the faculty profile pages to learn about the academic interests of faculty members. These pages describe our faculty’s research interests, publications, and academic and professional backgrounds.

What careers will a Master’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition prepare me for?

MAHN and MSc AHN graduates are employed in a wide range of fields relating to nutrition and dietetics. Our graduates work as registered dietitians and nutritionists, in Dietitians of Canada Match positions, as researchers, professors, and instructors, and in public health positions.

What is the expected workload?

Graduate students should come prepared to do a greater amount of reading and independent study, compared to undergraduate students.  Classes normally meet once a week in a three-hour seminar format where students analyze and discuss assigned readings.  Graduate students are expected to go beyond the assigned readings to broaden their knowledge.

Money Matters

Do you offer any scholarships, awards or financial aid?

MAHN and MSc AHN students are eligible for several internal and external scholarships vetted by the Mount’s Office of Graduate Studies.  Visit the Office of Graduate Studies’ Research and Funding page for more information on scholarships, bursaries, assistantships, and other funding opportunities.

Applicants will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships. We also encourage all applicants to apply for external awards, including Canada Graduate Scholarships.

What are the program costs?

Consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for a full and up-to-date listing of tuition and fees. For an estimate of these costs, visit the Office of Graduate Studies’ Program Costs page.

Applying to the Program

How do I apply?

First, complete the Graduate Online Application form. This page contains instructions on how to complete the form, and how to pay the application fee.

Next, download the Graduate Supplementary Application package. This package will contain information on obtaining two letters of reference and submitting a Statement of Intent.

Do both my references have to be academic references?

Applicants with work experience in the field who have been away from the classroom for some time may use one academic reference and one professional reference.

How should I instruct my referees?

You should provide you referees with the reference form contained in the Graduate Supplementary Application package.  You should request that your referees provide us with specific examples of your abilities, knowledge, professional experience and motivation for advanced study in Applied Human Nutrition.  We encourage referees to attach a more detailed letter of reference to the reference form.
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Do I need the GMAT?

No, a GMAT score is not required.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline changes from year to year but is usually around the end of January.  Please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the year you are applying. You can also find deadline information on the Graduate Online Application page.

What if I missed the application deadline?

While all candidates who apply by the deadline are guaranteed consideration, we continue to review applications until the program is full.

May I transfer credits to obtain advanced standing?

If you have completed graduate curses before applying to the program, your file will be assessed on an individual basis to determine which courses might be applied to this degree.

Who makes the admission decision?

The Admissions Office will ensure that your file is complete.  Complete files are then forwarded to the departmental graduate studies committee, which makes the final decision.

If you have applied to the MSc program and we are unable to offer you a position, you will then be considered for the MAHN program.


I still have questions. How can I get in touch with you?

If you have questions about our graduate programs, the admissions process, the campus, or life in Halifax, call or email us—we’d love to hear from you.

Department of Applied Human Nutrition

Dr. Bohdan Luhovyy
Graduate Program Coordinator

Shannon Fisher
Administrative Assistant

Mailing address:
Mount Saint Vincent University
Department of Applied Human Nutrition                           
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia  Canada
B3M 2J6