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Faculty of Community Services

Admissions for Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

Ready to enhance your nutrition communication skills? Diverse opportunities for learning, practice and research — together with a strong Ryerson 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.           

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to Ryerson’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:



  • Within the past three years*
  • 
With a minimum B+ average (3.33/4.33) in the last two years of study
  • And have successfully completed at least one course in research methods, statistics, interpersonal/professional communications, biological sciences (e.g. physiology, biochemistry), and social sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology) (or equivalents)



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

  • Contact the accredited Canadian undergraduate program from which you graduated
  • Request an academic assessment
  • Complete the courses specified on the assessment prior to applying to this program

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 or elsewhere.

3. If you completed your education outside Canada please see Educated outside of Canada? or contact Dietitians of Canada.


 

Option Two: Major Research Paper/Project (MRP)  

  • PDEP accredited undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition with a minimum B average (3.00/4.33) in the last two years of study

  • A minimum B in at least one course in research research methods, statistics, interpersonal/professional communications, biological sciences (e.g. physiology, biochemistry), and social sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology) (or equivalents)

  • Preference is given to dietitians qualified to practice in Canada
Application deadlines

Option One: Accredited Practicum

Admissions for the Accredited Practicum stream typically open in October.

Complete your online application by November 30, 2017 and upload your documents to the Ryerson Applicant Upload portal by January 12, 2018 to be guaranteed consideration for admission and scholarships. Submit your application prior to the first consideration deadline to increase your chances of securing financial support.

We’ll invite applicants to an admissions interview in early February.

We’ll notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in early March, and will notify all other applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

 


 

Option Two: MRP

Admissions for the MRP stream typically open in October.

Complete your online application by January 19, 2018 and upload your documents to the Ryerson Applicant Upload portal by February 28, 2018 to be guaranteed consideration for admission and scholarships. Submit your application prior to the first consideration deadline to increase your chances of securing financial support.

We’ll invite applicants to an admissions interview in early March.

We’ll notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in early April, and will notify all other applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

Application process

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

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

Required documents

1) Application submission summary Once you submit your online OUAC application, you will be directed to a summary of the information you submitted. Please save a copy of this .pdf summary and upload it as prompted when you log in to the Ryerson Application Upload portal.

 


 

2) Statement of interest (one to two pages) A well composed, clear and concise statement of interest which includes:

  • Your reasons for pursuing this particular graduate program
  • How your previous studies and experience have prepared you for this program
  • Your career objectives and how the Nutrition Communication graduate degree will advance them

 


 

3) A current resume (two to three pages) Share your volunteer experience, paid experiences and educational background. Highlight aspects of your education and experiences through which you have developed communications skills and other relevant skills. Share any unique strengths that make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in Nutrition Communication.

 


 

4) 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.

 


 

5) Sample of work Two independently completed and verifiable communication products that demonstrate your communication skills. Samples can include reports, brochures, audio and/or video materials, visual arts and published papers (on which you were first author).

Important notes:

  • You must submit at least one text-based sample that demonstrates your writing skills
  • Text-based samples must be complete documents. We do not accept excerpts
  • You may submit existing works or samples you created specifically for this application
  • You must have created the communications products yourself within the past three years
  • A maximum of one PowerPoint document can be submitted
  • Work samples are not normally returned

For each sample, please create a cover sheet that includes the following:

  • A paragraph (maximum 300 words) that describes the background of your sample, your role in its creation, and how it demonstrates your communication capacities. Be sure to include the title of the work and the date it was created.

  • The name, affiliation and contact information of a professional colleague who can verify your role in the production of the material. This might be an academic advisor, employer or supervisor. In the case of broadcast media products, please provide the name and contact information of an appropriate person at the media organization.

     


 

6) 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.

 


 

7) Proof of English language proficiency For those whose previous language of instruction was not English.               

 


 

8) Confirmation of completion form Only Accredited Practicum applicants must submit this document. This form can be found in the current DC Internship application package. It must be completed by your undergraduate program or DC to verify your eligibility.

 


 

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

Finding a supervisor

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.

Why Ryerson?

"The decision to return to graduate school after seven years of clinical practice was just what I needed. The program reinvigorated my love of the profession and updated the skills I needed to move forward." 

Tammy Fansabedian, MHSc, RD