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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.

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, external link, opens in new window:

  • 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 College of Dietitians of Ontario to complete the Knowledge and Competency Assessment tool, external link, opens in new window.

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?, 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. 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).

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

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

Option One: Accredited Practicum

Admissions for the Accredited Practicum stream typically open in October.

Complete your online application by 11 p.m. on November 30, 2021 and upload all required documents to the Ryerson Applicant Upload portal by 11 p.m. on January 9, 2022 to be guaranteed consideration for fall 2022 admission and scholarships. Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.

Invitations to attend an interview are sent in early February. We will notify applicant22s of admissions decisions in March, and will notify all other applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

Option Two: MRP

Admissions for the MRP stream typically open in October.

Complete your online application and upload all required documents to the Ryerson Applicant Upload portal by January 9, 2022 to be guaranteed consideration for fall 2022 admission and scholarships. 

Invitations to attend an interview are sent in early February.

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

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) 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. 

Why is nutrition communication important, relevant and timely? Describe why this program would be a good fit for you based on your experiences and career goals?

*Ryerson's 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.

3) 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.   

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) Communication product:

a. Review PDF filethis article
b. Using the information in the article about environmentally sustainable diet and food practices, describe the issue and pull out five key messages to inform your future clients by creating a one-page infographic. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your creativity (i.e., layout, color design) and critical thinking skills (appropriate messaging for your audience). Please include references.

Important notes:

  • Samples must be complete.  We do not accept excerpts.
  • You may submit existing work or something you created specifically for this application
  • You must have created the communication sample within the past three years
  • ONLY individually completed samples will be considered.

The following materials are NOT acceptable:

  • PowerPoint files
  • Samples from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other platforms 
  • Material created by you but posted on someone else’s online platform
  • Materials created with input from others

Include a cover sheet that provides:

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

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. 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 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

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.