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Admissions for Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

This program requires individuals to undertake practicums in hospitals and as a condition to undertaking those placements at the hospital, students are required to have received a number of vaccinations (including COVID-19) and vulnerable sector screening etc. As per the university's Vaccination Policy, please note that all students, faculty and staff (regardless of whether they plan to attend on university premises), must have completed their attestation of their COVID-19 vaccination status in the RyersonSafe App and, if applicable, have submitted proof that they are fully vaccinated. Individuals seeking an exemption must have submitted their exemption request to the university using the form and method required by the university. 

Nutrition instructor preparing foods at kitchen counter

Ready to enhance your nutrition communication skills? Diverse opportunities for learning, practice and research — together with a strong Toronto Metropolitan University community — equip you with the knowledge and experiences needed to provide nutritional care and counselling, knowledge translation, program planning and policy development in a variety of settings. Exposure to new and burgeoning areas of dietetic practice prepare you to provide professional leadership in the field.

To be considered for admission to Toronto Metropolitan University’s Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Nutrition Communication, you must meet the minimum program requirements:

Option One: Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) Accredited Practicum

1. You must be eligible to study in Canada and have graduated from a Dietitians of Canada or PDEP accredited Canadian undergraduate nutrition program (external link)  or an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited undergraduate program (external link)  or obtained a Level 1 result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT (external link) ):

  • Within the past three years*
  • With a minimum B+ average (3.33/4.33)** in the last two years of study

*If you graduated from an accredited Canadian undergraduate program or ACEND accredited program more than three years ago (from convocation date to application deadline), you must:

**We have implemented a holistic review process allowing applicants to submit an application if they have experienced past inequities that have negatively impacted their academic performance. Accordingly, we will consider your application if you do not meet our minimum grade requirement.

Contact the College of Dietitians of Ontario to complete the Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool. An applicant is deemed to have academic currency if they have written the College’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT) and obtained a Level I result.

2. Option One is open to qualified applicants who wish to become registered dietitians. It is not open to individuals who are or have been dietitians in Canada.

3. If you completed your education outside Canada please see Educated outside of Canada? (external link) 

4. Strong oral and written communication skills are required for program entry and success.

Option Two: Major Research Paper/Project (MRP)   

1. PDEP accredited undergraduate degree (external link, opens in new window)  in Food and Nutrition with a minimum B average (3.00/4.33) in the last two years of study.

2. Preference is given to dietitians qualified to practice in Canada.

3. Strong oral and written communication skills are required for program entry and success.

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

For Option 1 - Accredited Practicum Option

  • Complete your OUAC online application by 11 p.m. on November 30, 2023
  • Upload all documents to the Toronto Metropolitan University Applicant Upload portal by 11 p.m. on January 10, 2024

For Option 2 - Major Research Project/Paper

  • Complete your application by 11 p.m. on January 31, 2024
  • Early applications are encouraged
A note on mid-year break:

The document upload portal will not be monitored during Toronto Metropolitan University’s mid-year break from December 24, 2023, to January 5, 2024 inclusive. Applicants will be able to upload application documents and check their "To do" list in the portal. However, if there are any issues there is no support. Any emails sent during the break will be erased and emails will need to be re-sent when the office opens on Jan. 8.


1) Written statement (maximum 500 words):

Include an independently completed, well-written document that provides your response to the following question. No further instructions will be provided. 

Describe why this program would be a good fit for you based on your experiences and career goals?

Equity, diversity and inclusion 

The School of Nutrition, Master’s of Nutrition Communication strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in the student body and aims to respond to community needs. The graduate admission committee provides opportunity for consideration to those applicants who wish to have their application reviewed in this light. Applicants may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion in their statement of interest.

2) A comprehensive, current resume (maximum six pages):

Share details of your volunteer and paid experiences, educational background, awards, certifications, extracurricular learning achievements and specialized knowledge/expertise. Highlight the aspects of your education and experiences through which you have developed your communication skills.  Include descriptions of your research-related experiences and skills, including undergraduate research projects, research proposals and ethics review applications, experiences as a paid research assistant or volunteer, research-related publications and presentations. Use your resume as a communication tool.   

3) Two letters of recommendation:

At least one letter must be completed by an academic referee (a faculty member familiar with your academic performance). The second letter may be completed by a professional, non-academic referee. The Graduate Admissions office will contact your referees directly after you complete your online application.

4) Transcripts for all relevant post-secondary education:

These transcripts are considered unofficial. If you are currently a student, upload your transcripts after your fall grades are posted. Official transcripts will be requested if an admissions offer is made.

5) Proof of English language proficiency:

For those whose previous language of instruction was not English.

6) Confirmation of completion form:

Only Accredited Practicum applicants must submit this document. Request a completed ‘confirmation of completion’ form from the accredited undergraduate program that you attended to verify your eligibility.

Refer to the document checklist for more information on submitting your required documents.

At Toronto Met, all graduate applications are submitted online. Visit Apply online to learn more about:

  • Submitting your application through OUAC
  • Uploading your documents
  • Monitoring your application

Supervisors support MRP students with their graduate research work, while providing advice, guidance and mentorship.

Accredited Practicum students do not have a supervisor.

Upon admission to the MRP stream, the graduate program director will contact MRP students to discuss their options for a supervisor.