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The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Thesis 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.

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

  • Honors BSc in a Nutrition and Dietetics program (or an equivalent four year degree)
  • Undergraduate courses in Research Methodology and Statistics.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 78% on the last 10 Full Course Equivalent credits
  • Relevant work and volunteer experience
  • 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.

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.

Before submitting an application to the MScFN Thesis stream program, it is recommended that applicants contact the specific faculty with whom they share research interests, and would therefore be interested in pursuing to become their Research Supervisor. This will help to determine whether faculty with similar research interests are accepting thesis students during the current application year, and/or whether they would be interested in reviewing your application, if submitted.

International Applicants

Internationally trained applicants are eligible to apply to the Masters of Science Food and Nutrition (MScFN) Thesis Stream if they have a Foods and Nutrition or related degree (such as dietetics, food science, applied nutrition, home economics with a major in nutrition). Please note that the Thesis Steam does not make graduates eligible to become Registered Dietitians in Canada.

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.