Graduate Programs

The School of Human Nutrition offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies and research leading to the Masters and Doctoral degrees in the broad fields of basic and applied human nutrition.

Applicants to graduate programs must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation, with a cumulative grade point average (CPGA) of at least 3.2. Dietetics Credentialing has a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.5.

Degrees offered

MSc (Thesis) in Human Nutrition

The Master of Science Thesis program offers advanced Nutrition courses and research in a range of  areas. The program is suitable for graduates with undergraduate degrees in nutritional sciences, exercise physiology, kinesiology, food science, biochemistry, medicine, or another closely related field. Admission assumes a background that includes biochemistry, mammalian physiology, human nutrition and nutrition through life.  Some of these prerequisites may be taken concurrently with the graduate program. Students are required to complete 14 credits in advanced level coursework in nutrition and research methodology plus 31 credits related to their thesis research. Graduates of our MSc thesis degree have pursued successful careers in research, international health agencies, government agencies, and industry.

The broad range of academic disciplines in the area of nutrition research makes for a dynamic setting to advance in nutritional knowledge. Many choices for pursuing the area of your interest are available ranging from population health studies in a number of settings such as Northern Canada, East and West Africa,  South and Central America to clinical and community health issues with nutritional implications, as well as  food security, nutraceuticals, nutritional biochemistry and genetic studies of the interactions of genes and nutrient intakes. Consult the profiles of the professors involved with the School for details on their research interests.  Contacting potential supervisors in conjunction with applying will strengthen applications (see Applying for Graduate Studies in Human Nutrition).

MSc (Applied) in Human Nutrition

The MSc Applied program is a course-based master’s aimed to attract dietitians and graduates from a B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences. This program will allow students to further develop knowledge and expertise in nutrition and develop their expertise in specific nutrition areas. Students are required to complete 29 credits in advanced nutrition courses plus 16 credits related to a research paper or an advanced practicum (reserved for registered dietitians). McGill is the only English speaking university that offers this program in Québec. Careers include managerial positions for practicing dietitians, careers in nutrition programs, government and industry.

MSc (Applied) in Human Nutrition - Dietetics Credentialing

Students with a B.Sc. in health or related sciences have the opportunity to take a Master's in Human Nutrition - Dietetics Credentialing in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill. We are the only university in Quebec and much of Canada that offers this opportunity. After completion of a qualifying year, this program consists of three semesters of course work, followed by three semesters of Stage (internship) in Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition, and Foodservice Systems Management. The graduates of this program are eligible to register and practice as a Dietitian in Quebec, as well as in other Canadian provinces and other countries.

PhD in Human Nutrition (Thesis)

A PhD degree in Human Nutrition is suitable for students with a MSc degree in Nutritional Sciences or related areas who wish to become independent researchers and/or leaders in the field of nutritional Sciences. The School offers a stimulating research environment with opportunities in a wide range of areas of basic science, clinical research with our many hospital clinicians, as well as population health in Canada and abroad. Careers include academic positions, senior government and industry positions within in Canada and internationally.