MScFN How to Apply

Application Period for September 2020 intake:

Internship Stream: Applications closed Friday January 10th, 2020Firm Deadline. 
Please note that all incoming students for the September 2020 intake of the MScFN Internship stream program have now been confirmed. Applications for the September 2021 intake of the MScFN Internship stream program will be accepted starting in November 2020. Please watch this website for information regarding the 2020/2021 admissions process in the early Autumn of 2020.

Thesis Stream: Applications closed Friday January 31st, 2020 – Soft Deadline. 

*Applications for Thesis Stream which are received beyond the January 31 deadline will continue to be accepted and reviewed; however, applicants may have less chance for success of program admission and funding opportunities. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible

Please note: Applicants are not responsible to find a Faculty Research Supervisor before applying to the MScFN program. Applicants are prompted to list research interests and preferred Faculty Research Supervisors in their application, to facilitate the matching process. Please visit our Faculty and Research tab.

Are You Eligible?
Internship Stream – Please consult the admissions requirements prior to applying Internship Stream Admission Requirements.
Thesis Stream – Please consult the admissions requirements prior to applying Thesis Stream Admission Requirements.


Submit an online application through Western University School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:


Application Process:

Please ensure you make note of the components of the application, listed below, before starting the application. Components are completed as part of the online application and directions will be included within the application, throughout the application process.

 REFERENCES Upload the contact information for two referees who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or employment/volunteer performance. Please provide at least one professional reference. As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to submit the referee contact information as a pdf document that you create and upload to your application. Please include the referee name, title, professional email address and phone number. The referee should be someone who oversaw your professional (including volunteer) or academic work directly, and be able to provide an evaluation of your performance. Please ensure you have asked your referee in advance of adding their contact information to the application, and explain that they could be contacted at any point during the admissions process, most commonly during February or March 2020.

Supply TRANSCRIPTS for all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Fall term grades are used to calculate your average. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution you will need to upload transcripts once your fall term grades have been added to the transcript, and in time to meet the application deadline. You will be asked to submit official documentation only if you are offered admission to the program. Instructions for uploading documents are outlined in the application so read carefully.

RESUME should be a maximum of 2 pages (including volunteer/employment history) + cover letter which describes your future career goals in dietetics, your interest in and commitment to undertake the Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition program.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS Please ensure you upload the completed Supplemental Questions document to the Supplemental Documents area of the online application. Access the Supplemental Questions document below, carefully choosing the correct document for your application stream (MScFN Thesis or MScFN Internship Stream). Internship stream students also need to complete and upload the Practicum Travel Requirement Agreement.

MScFN Internship Stream applicants must also submit:

  • Proof of Class G2 Ontario Driver’s Licence (or equivalent). Internship stream students must have access to a vehicle and be able to drive unattended throughout the practicum portion of their program.
  • Confirmation of Completion of PDEP Accredited Program form – signed by your accredited undergraduate dietetics education university program administration

Note: the area to upload these Supplemental Documents becomes visible in your application after you have entered the personal and education history pages of the application, and submitted the application payment. Within the Supplemental Documents page of the application you will find the directions and also a checklist of items to be uploaded. 



Interviews for the MScFN Internship stream program will be held during February 20 and 21, 2020 at the Brescia Auditorium. Those selected to attend an interview will be notified by email the week before, and in-person attendance is mandatory. Applicants are advised to check their email frequently during this time-frame, including spam or junk email folders. Those not interviewed during this timeframe will not be considered for acceptance to the program. Notification of program acceptance will be made to successful candidates starting in March 2020 until all seats in the program have been filled. 

Notification of acceptance will be made to successful MScFN Thesis stream applicants on an ongoing basis, from March to the end of June 2020. Notification is made through email, and applicants are advised to check their email frequently, including spam or junk email folders. 

Scholarship Information:

*Please note the deadlines for applying to Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Deadlines, application information and the application handbook are available through the Western Graduate Studies website at:

To review the Application Process Workshop session notes view: