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Applying for Graduate Studies in Human Nutrition

Candidates may do research in the three areas of study at the graduate level: nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, community or international nutrition. In addition, eligible candidates may complete their MSc, MScA or PhD program with the addition of a Dietetic Internship / Graduate Diploma for membership in Dietitians of Canada, the national professional association, and for provincial registration eligibility as a Dietitian and Nutritionist. Our professors and cross-appointed professors from other units at McGill (such as Animal Science, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Food Science and Agricultural Engineering, Medicine or Parasitology), together form a fine avenue for interactive nutrition-based interdisciplinary research.

How to Apply

Online Application Procedure

For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:  http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

NOTE that all supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system (complete instructions: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents). Applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees on the application form. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on their behalf.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration


International applicants: March 15
Canadian/Permanent Residents: March 15


International applicants: August 31
Canadian/Permanent Residents: October 15


International applicants: December 15
Canadian/Permanent Residents: February 15

Additional Requirement for School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Applicants

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

Please note that the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition also requires GRE exam results from all students who have not completed university-level studies in North America.

You can find information about this exam at www.ets.org/gre. When registering for the exam, please indicate the following so we will be sure to receive your results in a timely manner: University Code: 0935 and Department Code: 0214.

Processing your application

When you apply for graduate studies at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition your application passes two critical stages before a final decision is made.

  1. Once your application file is complete (completed application form, application fee, two original letters of recommendation, original transcripts, and original TOEFL and GRE scores, if applicable), it is reviewed by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition’s Admissions Committee to determine if you meet the academic requirements necessary for graduate studies at McGill University.
  2. M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis only: Once you have been accepted on the basis of your academic record, the second phase involves the circulation of your application file to prospective supervisors, as identified by the area of research or names of professors indicated in your application. Potential supervisors consider the quality of the applicant, research interests, the availability of supervised laboratory or community activities and funding. Based on the recommendation of the prospective supervisor(s) the Committee on Graduate Students of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition recommends acceptance, conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. You will receive official notification of the decision from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

M.Sc. Applied students do not require identification of a supervisor to be accepted into the graduate program.

A recommendation to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office is usually made within two weeks of the Committee on Graduate Students meeting. Incomplete applications are not processed. The applicant assumes all responsibility for ensuring that the application is complete.

Application for Dietetics Internship (RD Credentialing)

Students who intend to apply for internship must declare their intention as part of their initial application for admission to their graduate program so that their undergraduate course profile can be evaluated for eligibility. A cover letter should confirm their intention to seek dietetic credentials as well as how the McGill model of a graduate degree combined with the graduate diploma will complement their personal strengths and goals in the field of Dietetics.

Students who meet the academic requirements for a dietetic internship may apply for registration in McGill University’s Graduate Diploma in Registered Dietitian Credentialing. Most credentialing students will complete the course work and research requirements for their graduate degree before commencing their Graduate Diploma. Both the M.Sc./M.Sc.A. and general dietetic internship may be completed within 2½ to 3 years depending on the graduate program of the student. Eligible PhD students may also apply.