The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition Internship Stream is a full-time, 5 term (20 month) graduate program which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and qualifies students to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam and if successful, become Dietitians. Although housed at a women’s university, the MScFN program welcomes all genders to apply.
You must meet the admissions criteria of Western University, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Brescia University College, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, as follows:
- Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition (Honors Specialization or an equivalent four year degree from a Canadian university), accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) within the past 3 years (2017 or later – details below).
- Applicants must submit confirmation of completion of a PDEP accredited program. This form should be supplied and signed by the head of the academic department overseeing your accredited undergraduate program.
- Undergraduate courses in each Research Methodology and Statistics.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 78 per cent on the last 10 Full Course Equivalent credits.
- Relevant work and volunteer experience (resume required).
- Demonstrated English language proficiency if English is not your first language.
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 625 for the paper and pencil version, or 107 for the internet version. [Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
- A G2 driver’s license (or equivalent) and access to a vehicle for the practicum portion of the program is also a requirement. The ability to drive unattended throughout the practicum portion of the program is mandatory.
- Ability to attend in person interview in February, if invited.
For a complete list of accredited undergraduate Foods and Nutrition programs, please see the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice website.
Internationally Educated Registered Dietitians: Please see the Internationally Trained Applicants section for information and instructions.
If you graduated from a Canadian PDEP accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program more than 3 years ago: You have two options to demonstrate that your knowledge is current. Option 1. Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool. For more information please go to that website directly: https://www.collegeofdietitians.org/cdo-masterpage/applicants/kcat-demonstrating-academic-currency.aspx Option 2. Undergo an assessment of your course work which will provide you with a list of any courses that need to be upgraded. This assessment should be done by the institution where you will be undertaking the upgrading.