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Nutrition and Dietetics

Degree Offered: M.N.D.

Program Overview

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (MND) is an entry-to-practice professional graduate program that meets the accreditation standards for the dietetics profession in Canada. Graduates of the MND program will be eligible to write the national exam to qualify to register with a provincial dietetic regulatory body in order to use the designation Registered Dietitian (or Dietitian) and practice dietetics. The program involves 28 months of study with practice education placements occurring throughout the program and across British Columbia. The curriculum includes courses that focus on advanced clinical nutrition, food provision management, leadership, business and entrepreneurship, counselling, Indigenous People’s health, social justice and professional dietetic practice. This program is intended for applicants who hold an undergraduate degree. Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree are invited to apply to the entry-to-practice undergraduate Dietetics Major.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is offered on a competitive basis due to annual enrolment limits. Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Note there is an English proficiency requirement.

Additional admission requirements include:

Successful completion and an academic standing of at least 72% (B) final mark is required in each pre-requisite course (or their equivalents)*:

  • Human Physiology (3 credits), e.g. BIOL 155, BIOL 153, CAPS 301.
  • Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits), e.g. BIOL 201, BIOC 202
  • Statistics (3 credits), e.g. STAT 200, LFS 252, BIOL 300, EPSE 482, FRST 231.
  • Introductory Nutrition (3 credits), e.g. FNH 250.
  • Introductory Food Science (3 credits), e.g. FNH 200.

*Note: Many of the above courses have required pre-requisite courses. Applicants should seek out appropriate advising from LFS Graduate Student Advising to ensure they meet admissions requirements.

Non-academic Application Components:

(1) Cover letter, resume, and references

(2) Interview. These application components are used to assess an applicant's commitment to and suitability for the profession of dietetics.

Non-academic application components are assessed on a variety of metrics. For details, refer to the program website.

Candidates are selected for interviews based on competitive academic standing in senior-level courses and non-academic components.

Fulfillment of the minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an interview. For more information on admission score and factors that will be considered for an applicant’s suitability for the program, refer to the program website.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 87.5 credits, 39 of which are practice education placements (practicum).

Students must successfully complete all academic requirements of coursework:

FNH 380, HUNU 500, 510, 515, 525, 5401, 5412, 545, 550, 560, 573, 575, 576, 577, 5793, 580, 5813, 5823, 5833.

1 Course registrants are required to possess a current Food Safe I Certificate.

2 Students are required to possess a current Food Safe II Certificate.

3 Practice education placement (practicum) courses.

Once admitted to the MND Program, all students are required to abide by program-specific policies and maintain a good academic standing. Students must also meet the following program-specific advancement requirements: they must pass all courses, maintain an academic average at or above B- (68%). If a student is unable to pass a practice education placement component of the program, the student is permitted to redo one practicum placement (of a maximum duration of 4 weeks) once to achieve competency. Students who are unable to demonstrate competency during their practice education placements will fail the course and are required to withdraw from the program.

Students can expect to relocate for part or all of the practice education component of the program to ensure well rounded experiences and equitable placement rotation between all students in the province. Exemptions for attending an out-of-town placement are granted only under certain limited circumstances. Relocation accommodations for students in specific circumstances (e.g. care of a dependent) will be considered in placement decisions.

Contact Information

Dietetics Education Coordinator, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Page last updated: February 22, 2021

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