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Admissions

The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Internship Stream is a full-time, five-term graduate program which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).

Although Brescia University College is housed at a women’s university, the MScFN program welcomes all genders to apply. 

Admission Requirements
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Applicants to the MScFN Internship Stream program must meet the admissions criteria of Western University’s, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Brescia University College, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences program requirements, as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in addition to a four year honours degree which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) within the past 3 years (2019 or later).
  • Applicants must submit confirmation of completion of a PDEP accredited program. This form should be supplied to you by, and signed by the head of the academic department overseeing your accredited undergraduate program.
  • Undergraduate courses in each Research Methodology and Statistics.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 78 per cent on the last 10 Full Course Equivalent credits.
  • Relevant work and volunteer experience .
  • A G2 driver’s license (or equivalent), access to a vehicle, and the ability to drive unattended during the entire practicum portion of the program.
  • Ability to attend the program interviews during a week in mid to late February, if invited.
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency if English is not your first language.

    o The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 625 for the paper and pencil version, or 107 for the internet version. [Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984].

    o The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.

If you graduated from a Canadian PDEP accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program more than 3 years ago you have 2 options to demonstrate that your knowledge is current to become eligible to apply:

  1. Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool. For more information.
  2. Upgrade core upper year courses at Brescia. Contact us for more information.

Practicum Student Additional Requirements 

All Practicum students are required to have several health and non-health requirements in preparation for the practicum portion of their program, including (but not limited to) immunizations, police checks, professional membership, insurances, and learning. Details to obtain these requirements will be supplied to those accepted to the program.

Additionally, all Western University, including Brescia University College students, are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to the beginning of their program. Any student with a bona fide medical contraindication to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, shall notify a Brescia Dietetic Education Coordinator at fnsgrad@uwo.ca prior to application to the program to consider your eligibility for the dietetic practicum, based on our practicum partner requirements. 

International Applicants
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International students who completed an accredited undergraduate degree in Canada or the United States are eligible to apply. These students will need to obtain both a valid study visa, and work permit for the practicum portion of the program.  The work permit is required to participate in the practicum portion of the program. 

International students are encouraged to contact Western’s International & Exchange Student Centre as a resource for this and other international student related questions .

International applicants who completed a dietetics degree or practised as a dietitian outside of Canada, Australia or the United States have three ways to become eligible to apply:

1. Complete a Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (or equivalent) from a program which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) in Canada or by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics in the U.S. See www.pdep.ca  or https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/accredited-programs/about-accredited-programs  for a complete list of accredited undergraduate Foods and Nutrition programs.  To inquire about completing your degree at Brescia, contact one of our undergraduate Admission Officers at bucbound@uwo.ca . The Brescia Undergraduate Admissions Officers would be able to guide you on acceptance eligibility as well as the possibility for transfer credit, based on applicable past university course work.

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2. Complete the College of Dietitians of Ontario Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT) as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level I Result.

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3. Complete the College of Dietitians of Ontario Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT) as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level II Result and complete Ryerson University’s 10-course Certificate in Canadian Dietetic Knowledge for Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition (Ryerson IEPN Certificate)

Note: all other items noted under Admission Requirements also apply. 

Potential Canadian/American-Educated Applicants
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If you graduated from a Canadian PDEP accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program more than 3 years ago you have 2 options to demonstrate that your knowledge is current to become eligible to apply:
  1. Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool. For more information: 
  2. Upgrade core upper year courses at Brescia. Contact us for more information.

If you graduated from a US Academy ACEND accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program:

Please note  the College of Dietitians of Ontario have confirmed that completion of an American program that is ACEND-accredited could be considered equivalent to a Canadian program accredited by PDEP.

Proof of the program being ACEND-accredited is a requirement and should be submitted with your application.

Applicants still need to meet all other program admission requirements as stated on the Brescia website, and the admission committee will further review transcripts for eligibility.

Note: all other items noted under Admission Requirements also apply.