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The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Thesis-Based Stream is a full-time six term (two-year) graduate program. The Thesis Stream is suitable for students wanting to achieve a Master’s degree and advanced research skills. It does not train students to become Registered Dietitians in Canada.

Although housed at a women’s university, the MScFN program welcomes all genders to apply.

MScFN Admissions Update

Given the recent announcement that Brescia will fully integrate with Western University as of May 2024, admissions are anticipated to commence later this fall. Specific information regarding the admissions process, timelines, and other details will be shared as they become available.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition. 

Applicants to the MScFN Thesis-Based Stream program must meet the admissions criteria of Western University’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and program requirements, as follows:

  • Four-year (Honors) BSc in a Foods and Nutrition or Dietetics program (or an equivalent four-year degree) from a recognized university.
  • Undergraduate courses in both Research Methodology and Statistics.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 78% on the last 10 Full Course Equivalent credits (the last two full-time years of undergraduate studies).
  • Relevant work, volunteer, research experience.
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency if English is not your first language. Acceptable tests are:
    • 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.
    • The Duolingo English Test. Minimum acceptable score is 130.

* Qualifying degree must focus on human foods and nutrition.

Additional Criteria

Applicants must meet selection criteria, which evaluates the individual’s readiness for advanced practice, ability to plan and conduct research and potential for leadership in the profession.

International Applicants

Internationally trained applicants are eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MScFN) Thesis Stream if they have a Foods and (human) Nutrition or related degree (such as dietetics, food science, applied human nutrition).

International applicants who meet the above criteria may require additional coursework, in addition to English Language Training if English is not their first language, prior to becoming eligible to apply to the MScFN Thesis Stream program.

How to Apply

Review details regarding the application deadlines, process, and application components at How to Apply