Applying to the Master of Applied Nutrition Program

Prospective graduate students must apply to the University of Guelph online, through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). After submitting an online application for the Master of Applied Nutrition program, you will be invited to submit required documents through the University of Guelph's online system, WebAdvisor.

Follow the guidelines below to ensure your application to the MAN program is complete by the application deadline.

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Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

  1. OUAC Application Deadline – December 11, 2023
  2. Supplemental Documents Deadline – January 5, 2024

Applying to Graduate Studies at Guelph

For full details on applying to be a graduate student at the University of Guelph, read the application guide from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The guide covers important information for all prospective graduate students.

This page covers information specific to applicants to the MAN program. If you have questions after reviewing the information, contact:

Duska Males
Graduate Program Specialist, MAN
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

How to Apply to MAN

Step 1: OUAC Application

  1. Log into or create an account for the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) to begin the initial online application for the University of Guelph.
  2. Read and follow the instructions in the OUAC application very carefully. Enter all applicable information except for the Statement of Academic Intent and the Professional Background sections, which are not required for the MAN program.
  3. Select Programs: Select the program Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, Master of Applied Nutrition. The program code is MAN.FRAN:L.
    • After choosing the MAN program, select full-time under Expected Course Enrollment. MAN is only offered as a full-time program.
    • You will also be asked if you have communicated with a graduate faculty member. This question is designed for conventional thesis-based graduate programs. MAN applicants are asked not to contact faculty prior to application and should select NO for this question.
    • As noted above, you do not need to complete the Statement of Academic Intent on this page.
  4. Transcript Requests: You have the option of ordering official (sealed) transcripts through OUAC for a fee. This is not required as we accept unofficial transcripts uploaded to WebAdvisor in Step 2. An official copy of your transcript is only required if you accept an offer of admission.
  5. Test Scores: If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test.
  6. Referees: Provide contact information for one or two academic references. An email is automatically sent to the referee listed, so ensure that you have entered the correct email address. If you notice an error, please contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to correct this immediately.
    • You will need a total of three references to apply to MAN – one academic reference, one professional reference, and your choice of one additional academic OR professional reference. Only the contact information for academic references is entered into your OUAC application as there is a separate form for professional references (see Step 2).
    • IMPORTANT: You will not be able to complete your OUAC application without listing two academic referees, even though a minimum of one academic reference is required for the MAN program. If you are using just one academic referee, fill out the information for the second referee with an email address you have access to. When you receive the reference form to your own email inbox, fill in the required fields with "N/A" and complete the reference. This is acceptable as long as your three actual references are submitted as specified above.
  7. After entering and verifying all required information, complete the application fee payment. A non-refundable application fee of $120 CAD is required for each program/field you apply to.

Step 2: Supplemental Documents

After you complete the initial application through OUAC, you will be invited to upload the required supplemental documents to WebAdvisor.

For your application to be considered complete, you must upload each document successfully and your referees must have completed their references on the correct forms by the application deadline. If you have any questions, please contact

  1. Supplemental Document: Complete the application Cover Page for the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition. Upload the Cover Page to "Supplemental Document."
    • Calculate your admission average and include it on the Cover Page.
    • Include all course codes that you are proposing to meet program application requirements.
    • If you are interested in training experiences at Grand River Hospital (MAN-GRH), please clearly indicate this on the Cover Page under Areas of Interest.
    • As a MAN applicant, you are not required to name faculty members to review your application. However, if you are applying to MAN-GRH, you may list Hannah Marcus, who is the Professional Practice Lead and Dietetic Education Lead at Grand River Hospital.
    • Note: if you indicate that you are interested in MAN-GRH, your application will also be considered for the Classic MAN Stream.
  2. Transcripts: Upload one copy of your academic transcripts from each higher education institution you have attended.
    • An official copy of your transcript is only required if you accept an offer of admission.
    • Transcripts requested through OUAC will be automatically uploaded to your account. If you request an official transcript through OUAC, do not upload an unofficial copy of the same transcript to WebAdvisor.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: Upload a CV to "Resume/CV." Ensure all your relevant research, volunteer and employment experience is listed and described in detail.
  4. Statement of Research: Write a 2-3 page statement outlining your interest in pursuing graduate study. Upload the document to "Statement of Research." Answer the following questions in your statement (question #6 is optional):
    1. Why were you drawn to studying applied human nutrition and becoming a dietitian?
    2. What experiences (academic, work, volunteer and personal) have influenced your choice to apply to the Classic MAN Stream or Grand River Hospital Stream?
    3. How will completing the MAN program help you achieve your career goals versus other dietetic training programs?
    4. How will your past experiences and skills support your success in the MAN program?
    5. Each MAN cohort is unique and is influenced by the life experiences that each student brings. Personally, how will you contribute to academic and professional growth of students in your cohort?
    6. Optional: answer one of the following:
      • If your initials were an acronym, what would it stand for and how would it reflect your strengths and personality?
      • What unique attributes do you bring to the program and how will they help you in the MAN program?
  5. Professional Reference(s): In additional to the academic referee(s) you listed in OUAC, you must provide one or two professional references, for a total of three references.
  6. KCAT Result: If you graduated from an undergraduate program accredited by PDEP or ACEND more than three years ago, you will be required to submit a Level 1 KCAT result. Submit your result by email to the Graduate Program Assistant at Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree within the past three years are not required to write the KCAT.
  7. Confirmation of Completion of Academic Program: The University Program Director of your PDEP-accredited program1 must complete the Confirmation of Completion of Academic Program form, confirming that you have completed all coursework required for your accredited undergraduate degree.
    • Instead of uploading the completed form to WebAdvisor, email it to the Graduate Program Assistant at
    • Note: This form is not required for BASc-AHN students with an area of emphasis in dietetics from the University of Guelph.
    • 1If you graduated from a program accredited by ACEND, please email a copy of your verification statement to the Graduate Program Assistant at

After You Apply

The deadline to complete your application to the Master of Applied Nutrition is in early January each year. After all applications have been reviewed, selected applicants are shortlisted for admission.

Shortlisted applicants are invited for an online interview in late February.

In early March, successful applicants will be informed by email that the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition is recommending admission to the Board of Graduate Studies. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification via WebAdvisor and may be waitlisted for admission into the program.

Successful applicants will then receive a formal offer of admission from the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. By June 1, the waitlist will be ended and the program cohort will be finalized.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are three variables that are considered and balanced in arranging placements for students in the Classic MAN Stream:

  1. Experiences available from community partners
  2. The learning needs of the whole cohort
  3. The learning needs of an individual student

A matrix of possible placements is created. Combinations of three experiences from different community partners are grouped into learning pathways that will allow a student to meet the Integrated Competencies. These learning pathways are presented to and discussed with the MAN cohort. MAN students are asked to identity and explain their top four learning pathways. Following discussion with each individual student, the learning pathways are assigned.

Examples of past learning pathways completed by students in the Classic MAN Stream include:

Pathway Fall Semester Winter Semester Spring Semester
1 North Wellington Health Care New Vision Family Health Team Homewood Health Centre
2 St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
3 John Noble Home LTC Runnymede Healthcare Centre The Four Villages Community Health Centre

Due to the workload from courses and practica, working while in the MAN program is not recommended.

Some MAN students have worked a limited number of hours while in the program to suit their needs.

No, there are no exams as part of the courses MAN students take.

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has information on how to calculate your admission average.

No, the only courses that are included in your average are those with a final grade on your transcripts.

References are a critical component of any application to graduate school and to external awards bodies. The following guidelines will help you through the process:

  • Choose faculty carefully
    • First approach faculty who have taught you in third and fourth year courses
    • Ask whether the faculty member can provide you with a strong reference
    • References from assistant, associate or full professors are generally preferred at most institutions
  • Request references early
    • Allow at least 3 weeks for faculty to complete references
  • Information to provide about yourself
    • Remind the professor of the program you are in and the course(s) you have taken with them (include course code and semester)
    • Brief summary of your key strengths that you think should be emphasized. Highlight any outstanding accomplishments in the course(s) taught by this faculty member
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Draft of your statement of research
  • Information to provide about the program
    • Brief description of the program and link to the program website
    • Deadline for receipt of the reference form
  • Confirmation
    • Ask the professor to confirm that your reference has been sent