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How to apply

Thesis Stream Application Period: 

November 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022

Applications received beyond this date are welcome and will continue to be accepted, however acceptance and scholarship opportunities may become limited as time continues beyond the above deadline.

Before advancing to the application itself, please review the admission requirements as well as the information below which details the application process. 

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NEW PROCESS: Before applying to the MScFN Thesis stream program, applicants should review the research interests of faculty in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and review which faculty are accepting new thesis students for research.

The list of faculty who are accepting new students is noted below. Potential applicants may contact those faculty members listed below to discuss the possibility for Research Supervision.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit their research interests and the names of the Brescia faculty members they would prefer to have as Research Supervisors. 

Faculty Members Currently Accepting MScFN Thesis stream Students for Research:

Brenda Hartman

Note, the above list of Faculty members accepting students for research may change throughout the application cycle as new research projects are confirmed. If you do not see a Faculty member listed who shares your research interests, please check back.

Further questions regarding the application process may be addressed by emailing 

Application Requirements

Please ensure you make note of the components of the application before starting the application. Components are completed as part of the online application and directions will be provided within the application, including instructions for uploading documents.


A minimum of one research related reference is required for application to this program. Referees should have first-hand knowledge of your abilities, be someone who oversaw your work directly, and be able to provide an evaluation of your performance and potential for graduate studies.

Please ensure you have asked your referee(s) if they will provide a reference for you before entering their contact information into the application. Once you enter their contact information, please advise your referee(s) to watch for an email from the Western University Graduate Studies Admissions office. Your referees should watch for this email to be received 24 to 48 business hours after you have submitted their information, and they should ensure this email has not gone to their spam email folder.


Supply transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution you should upload transcripts once your fall term grades have been added to the transcript.

Applicants will be asked to submit official documentation only once offered admission to the program. 


Your resume should be a maximum of two pages with an additional one page cover letter. 

Supplemental Questions

Ensure you upload the completed Supplemental Questions document to the Supplemental Documents area of the online application (you will be prompted to do this as part of the online application).

Demonstrated English Language Proficiency Testing Results (if required)  

Note: applicants are exempt from this requirement if they submit proof that they have been enrolled for 2 or more years of full-time undergraduate or graduate study in an English speaking school in a country where English is the principal language. (Transcripts will show this.)

View accepted English Language Proficiency Testing options here.

Selection Process

Those invited to an interview will receive an invitation through email, and applicants are advised to check their email frequently, including spam or junk email folders. Interviews will be organized between the faculty member accepting students and the applicant, and will be either in person or virtual.

Notification of program acceptance will be made following interviews to successful candidates starting in March, and continuing until all seats in the program have been filled.  This process may go into the Summer months.