Requirements and Policies on Graduate Studies

Graduate students are encouraged to review the University's Policies on Graduate Studies


Program Requirements

The general requirements for graduate studies at McGill University are described in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. In addition, students enrolled in specific graduate programs at the School may have program-specific requirements.  For additional details, click on the type of graduate program below: 

MASTER'S PROGRAMS

MSc (Thesis) in Human Nutrition

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Nutrition (Thesis)(45 Credits)

    Offered by:Human Nutrition
    Degree:Master of Science

Program Requirement:

Thesis Courses (33 credits)


  • NUTR 680 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 1 7 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NUTR 681 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 2 8 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NUTR 682 Human Nutr M.Sc. Thesis 3 9 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NUTR 683 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 4 9 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Required Courses (3 credits)


  • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NUTR 697 MSc Final Presentation 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Complementary Courses (9 credits)



    3 credits in graduate-level statistics
    3 credits in graduate-level research methods
    3 credits in graduate-level courses (chosen in consultation with supervisory committee)



      THESIS SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE
      The School requires students registered in the MSc (Thesis) program to have a supervisory committee comprised of the student's supervisor (or two co-supervisors) plus one additional member who will normally be a full-time member of the School's faculty. Students are advised to work together with their supervisors to establish a thesis supervisory committee within 3 months of starting the program.

      Important: Supervisory committee members must respect the University's Policies on Conflict of Interest. See also Recognizing Conflicts.

      THESIS GUIDELINES
      Students are advised to familiarize themselves of the University's Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Theses. The required forms are also available here.

      Important: Note that there are critical deadlines associated with the submission of a thesis.

      FAST-TRACK TRANSFER FROM MSc THESIS TO PhD

      MSc Thesis students may apply to the Graduate Program committee to fast track to the PhD program if they:

      • Are a student in good standing, with a CGPA of 3.5 or higher, normally to have completed all required courses for their MSc program
      • Have submitted their written MSc proposal, presented their proposal in Colloquium
      • Have completed a minimum of 2 or a maximum of 3 semesters in the MSc program
      • Have the support of their supervisory committee

      The student should submit the following to the GPD:

      • A transcript of MSc studies to date
      • MSc written proposal
      • A letter of support from a supervisor which includes information course work, research plan, including scope of the project and funding information
      • An email or letter of support from their committee member

      Note that the committee may require an additional letter from someone outside the supervisory committee who is familiar with the candidate. A special “fast track” application will be opened on uApply for students who wish to apply at the end of their second or third term in the MSc program. There is no application fee. The student will be informed of the decision once the committee has met. Accepted students will be classified as a new PhD student in PhD 2 for the purposes of entrance scholarships. A September entrance is most desirable.

      MSc (Applied) in Human Nutrition – Project Option

      Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis): Project(45 Credits)

        Offered by:Human Nutrition
        Degree:Master of Science Applied

      Program Requirement:



        Research Project (12 credits)


        • NUTR 652 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 1 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 653 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 2 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 654 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 3 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 655 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 4 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Required Courses (6 credits)


        • NUTR 651 M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition 1 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 660 M.Sc.(Applied)Nutrition 2 1 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Complementary Courses (18 credits)

        3 credits of 500-level or higher Statistics.

        3 credits in research methods at the 500 level or higher

        12 credits of course work, at the 500 level or higher, in Nutrition, Animal Science, or Food Science chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor.



          Elective Courses (9 credits)

          9 credits of 500-level or higher courses in consultation with the student’s academic adviser or supervisor.



            MSc (Applied) in Human Nutrition – Practicum Option

            Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis): Practicum(45 Credits)

              Offered by:Human Nutrition
              Degree:Master of Science Applied

            Program Requirement:



              Practicum (12 credits)


              • NUTR 656 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 1 3 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 657 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 2 3 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 658 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 3 3 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 659 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 4 3 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer


              Required Courses (6 credits)


              • NUTR 651 M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition 1 3 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 660 M.Sc.(Applied)Nutrition 2 1 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer

              • NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 Credits
                  Offered in the:
                • Fall
                • Winter
                • Summer


              Complementary Courses (18 credits)

              3 credits in statistics at the 500 level or higher

              3 credits in research methods at the 500 level or higher

              12 credits of course work, at the 500 level or higher, in Nutrition, Animal Science, or Food Science chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor.



                Elective Courses (9 credits)

                9 credits of 500-level or higher courses in consultation with the student’s academic adviser or supervisor.



                  MSc (Applied) in Human Nutrition - Dietetics Credentialing Option

                  Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis): Dietetics Credentialing(83 Credits)

                    Offered by:Human Nutrition
                    Degree:Master of Science Applied

                  Program Requirement:

                  This program is open to students with a B.Sc. in nutrition or an allied health profession, including biochemistry, kinesiology, physiology, or other related field, who would like to become a member of the Ordre professional des diététistes du Québec. Students may be required to complete a qualifying year (a variable number of required undergraduate credits), before taking the required M.Sc. Applied professional course, complementary courses, and elective courses (46 credits), followed by a Stage (Internship) component, which includes a practice based project (37 credits). On completion, students will meet OPDQ credits and professional practice requirements for licensure as a registered dietitian. A basic level or professional French competency will be required to complete the professional practice Stage component. The entrance requirement of a CGPA of 3.5 must be maintained throughout the program.

                  Required Courses (71 credits)


                  • EDPC 501 Helping Relationships 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 501 Nutrition in Dev Countries 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 503 Bioenergetics and the Lifespan 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 513 Credentialing in Dietetics 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 515 Dietetics French Examination 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 545 Clinical Nutrition 2 4 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 602 Nutritional-Status Assessment 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 606 Human Nutrition Res Methods 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 612 Grad Prof Pract 2 Management 8 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 613 Grad Prof Pract 3 Clin Nutr 14 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 614 Grad Prof Pract 4 Comm Nutr 8 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 626 Writing for Dietetics Practice 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 627 Prof. Dietetics Presentation 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 628 Dietetics Comprehensive Exam 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 629 Professional Dietetics Project 6 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 651 M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition 1 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 660 M.Sc.(Applied)Nutrition 2 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer


                  Complementary Courses (9 credits)

                  3 credits of statistics from the following:


                  • AEMA 610 Statistical Methods 2 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • EPIB 507 Biostats for Health Sciences 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • PSYC 650 Advanced Statistics 1 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer


                  3 credits from the following:


                  • ANSC 551 Carbohydrate&Lipid Metabolism 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • ANSC 552 Protein Metabolism&Nutrition 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • ANSC 560 Biology of Lactation 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • EDKP 654 Sport Psychology 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • EDPC 504 Practicum:Interviewing Skills 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • EDPE 502 Theories of Human Development 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • FDSC 537 Nutraceutical Chemistry 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • FDSC 538 Food Science in Perspective 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • FDSC 545 Advances in Food Microbiology 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 502 Independent Study 2 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 512 Herbs, Foods&Phytochemicals 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 551 Analysis of Nutrition Data 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 608 Special Topics 1 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 610 Maternal & Child Nutrition 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer

                  • NUTR 641 Advanced Global Food Security 3 Credits
                      Offered in the:
                    • Fall
                    • Winter
                    • Summer


                  Elective Courses (3 credits)

                  To be chosen, at the 500 level or higher, in consultation with the Program Coordinator.



                    Applies to all MSc Students

                    Additional Courses
                    The Admissions Committee may prescribe courses in addition to the courses required by the program as a condition of admission.

                     

                     

                    PhD PROGRAM

                    PhD in Human Nutrition

                    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Nutrition

                      Offered by:Human Nutrition
                      Degree:Doctor of Philosophy

                    Program Requirement:

                    Thesis

                    A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.



                      Required Courses


                      • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
                          Offered in the:
                        • Fall
                        • Winter
                        • Summer

                      • NUTR 701 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
                          Offered in the:
                        • Fall
                        • Winter
                        • Summer

                      • NUTR 796 PhD Research Presentation 1 Credits
                          Offered in the:
                        • Fall
                        • Winter
                        • Summer


                      Students must complete NUTR 695 within the first year of study and NUTR 701 by the end of the second year of study (PhD III), and NUTR 796 near the end of their program.

                      BACK-TRACK TRANSFER FROM PhD TO MSc THESIS PROGRAM

                      Note: in order to backtrack to the MSc thesis Program, students must meet all the entrance criteria for the MSc program.

                      ADDITIONAL COURSES
                      Additional courses may be required, such as courses prescribed by the Admissions Committee as a condition of admission into the program, or courses prescribed by the supervisory committee as part of the training program.

                      THESIS SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE
                      The School requires students registered in the PhD program to have a supervisory committee comprised of the student's supervisor (or the student's co-supervisors) plus two additional members who will normally be full-time members of the School's faculty.

                      Students are advised to work together with their supervisors to establish a thesis supervisory committee within 3 months of starting the program.

                      Important: Supervisory committee members must respect the University's Policies on Conflict of Interest. See also Recognizing Conflicts.

                      DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
                      All PhD students must take the NUTR 701 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination by the end of the second year of study (PhD3), and must pass the exam to continue in the doctoral program (see PhD Comprehensives Policy). Failure by the student to comply with deadlines will be deemed to be unsatisfactory progress on the Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report. A complete copy of the NUTR 701 guidelines and forms (Enrollment; Research Proposal; Evaluationare available for download.

                      THESIS GUIDELINES
                      Students are advised to familiarize themselves of the University's Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of theses.

                      Note: that there are critical deadlines associated with the submission of a thesis.

                       

                      Tracking of Progress

                      All students are required to track their thesis progress in accordance to GPS policy; the School uses this form.  The completed and signed form is to be submitted electronically to GPC.SHN [at] mcgill.ca

                      NEW: Masters students are required to hold two meetings with their supervisory committee or project supervisor (MScA Project students), and to submit two progress reports each year, using the above form. Deadlines are January 15 and May 15 each year for reports.

                      Duration of Programs

                      Students enrolled in all graduate programs must complete their studies within the specified time limits of their graduate programs. Additional details are described in the University's Time Limitation Policy.

                      Vacation Policy and Leave of Absence

                      VACATION:
                      As per University policies, graduate students and postdocs are normally entitled to vacation leave equivalent to university holidays and an additional total of fifteen (15) working days in the year. Graduate students enrolled in the School's thesis programs must arrange to have their vacation periods approved by their supervisory committee. Requests must be documented by filling out the School's Graduate Student Vacation form, and submitting the signed form to the Graduate Program Coordinator GPC.SHN [at] mcgill.ca. Additional information regarding length of vacations, the consequences of taking unapproved or excessive vacations, and other extended times away from graduate studies is available at McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website, and may include reduction in funding or unsatisfactory progress.

                      LEAVE OF ABSENCE:
                      Students are encouraged to investigate the University's policies on Leave of Absence if their circumstances require an extended absence. Students must complete and submit the online form.

                      Failure Policy

                      Students are asked to review the University's Failure policies, which state in part:

                      A Student will be withdrawn from the University, if he or she:

                      1.  fails two Courses (i.e. two different Courses, one failed Course plus a failed repeat of the same Course or one failed Course and a failed supplemental exam for that Course); or

                      2. obtains two unsatisfactory Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Reports and the academic unit in which the student is registered recommends that he or she be withdrawn; or

                      3. fails one course, obtains one unsatisfactory Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report and the academic unit in which the student is registered recommends that he or she be withdrawn


                      Important - Course of action in response to a failure in a course: the student is required to inform immediately their supervisor and GPC.SHN [at] mcgill.ca in order for the School to file a recommendation. Failure by the student to comply within 30 days will be deemed as unsatisfactory progress and recorded on the Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report (see case number 3 above).


                      MSc and PhD Thesis Failure Policies

                      > Thesis Examination Failures (for MSc (Thesis) and PhD students)

                      > PhD Oral Defense Failures

                      Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (NUTR 701) Failures (for PhD students)

                      Ethical Conduct

                      Students are expected to maintain professional and scholarly conduct, and abide by the regulations and policies of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, students are expected to follow the regulations and policies of the School and the Faculty. 

                      Students must familiarize themselves of the University's Policies on Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Research Ethics.

                      Administration of Graduate Studies

                      Graduate Program Director: Prof. Tim Johns GPD.SHN [at] mcgill.ca

                      Graduate Program Coordinator: Simone Clamann simone.clamann [at] mcgill.ca

                      Committee on Awards and Scholarships: Prof. Luis Agellon (Chair)  luis.agellon [at] mcgill.ca

                      Additional Resources