Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (MND)
The MND is a new graduate professional program based on national competencies and accreditation standards for entry into the dietetics profession in Canada.
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 Peoples’ health, social justice and professional dietetic practice.
What makes the program unique?
Students who successfully go through the course learning and practice education components will be eligible to take the national exam to become Registered Dietitians in British Columbia.
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.
Admission Information & Requirements
1) Check Eligibility
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
English Language Test
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based
Overall score requirement: 90
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
Overall score requirement: 6.5
Other Test Scores
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
The GRE is not required.
Prior degree, course and other requirements
Prior Degree Requirements
Bachelor's degree in any field.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree from any discipline can apply to the MND program. However, applicants must complete five prerequisites with a minimum final grade of 72% (B) in each course to showcase their foundational knowledge of food, nutrition, and health.
- Two-terms/full-year (6 credits or equivalent) Human Physiology (e.g. BIOL 155, BIOL 153, CAPS 301)
- One-term (half-year) Introductory Biochemistry (e.g. BIOL 201, BIOC 202)
- One-term (half-year) Statistics (e.g. STAT 200, LFS 252, BIOL 300, EPSE 482, FRST 231)
- One-term (half-year) Introductory Nutrition (e.g. FNH 250)
- One-term (half-year) Introductory Food Science (e.g. FNH 200)*
*Understanding the difficulty of accessing an equivalent Food Science course to FNH 200, even as part of a nutrition degree in Canada, the MND program allows this course to be in-progress at the time of application. See condition a. below.
Applicants can have multiple attempts at each prerequisite; the higher grade will be used in the GPA calculation. If multiple courses are declared to fulfill one prerequisite, then a simple average of these course grades will be used.
The MND Program will accept either condition a. or b., but not both:
- At the time of applying to the program, an applicant is allowed FNH 200 and a maximum of one other prerequisite course in progress.
For example, having both FNH 200 and biochemistry, or FNH 200 and human physiology in progress are allowed, but an applicant with both biochemistry and physiology in progress will not be considered eligible for admission to the MND
A transcript from the institution needs to display that the course is “registered” or “in-progress”. The deadline for submitting the final grade of all “in-progress” courses is May 3, 2024. An applicant with a conditional admission offer who fails the prerequisite course may forfeit their spot in the program.
- Maximum one prerequisite course can be graded as “credit” or “complete” via the official transcript, without a percentage or letter grade. The admissions reviewers will acknowledge completion of the course, but it will not be included in the GPA evaluation. This condition does not substitute any prerequisite with a grade below 72 (B) on the applicant’s transcript.
As part of the required Self-Report Form, all applicants will identify their prerequisite courses. If required, you will submit additional forms and course syllabi. All applicants should review the prerequisite flowchart carefully, to understand whether their Self-Report Form will require supporting documentation.
For more information, please visit the program site.
All applicants are required to fill out a Self-Report Form to declare their prerequisite course equivalency.
2) Meet Deadlines
3) Prepare Application
All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.
Letters of Reference
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Course-based programs do not have a thesis component. While they may assign academic advisors to students, they do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their thesis supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members for the purposes of thesis supervision if you are applying to this program.
Criminal Record Check
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
4) Apply Online
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$4,336.13||$10,869.19|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,116.60 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $19,323.20 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Financial aid (need-based funding)
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Foreign government scholarships
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
Working while studying
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
The Nutrition and Dietetics 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.