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Master of Applied Nutrition

Become a Registered Dietitian in One Year

Want to make a difference in healthcare? Apply to the Master of Applied Nutrition (MAN) program and be ready for a career in nutrition and dietetics after three semesters of coursework and hands-on experience in the field.

The Master of Applied Nutrition combines advanced professional coursework and competency-based experiential learning. The program's foundation in critical appraisal and reflection will train you to be a lifelong learner with adaptable practice-based research skills. By graduation, you'll be able to apply your theoretical and technical knowledge of dietetics to work in a variety of settings.

MAN is a full-time only program for students who have completed an accredited dietetic undergraduate degree.

Earn your master's degree in just one year

The Master of Applied Nutrition program takes place over three semesters, from September to August. You'll complete your combined master's degree and practical training in just one year.

Get 30+ weeks of hands-on experience

As a MAN student, three to four days of your week will be in a placement with our community healthcare partners. Your hands-on experience in practica will add to your resume and boost your confidence.

Graduate ready to become a registered dietitian

When you graduate, you will be prepared to write the registration examination to become a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, or the dietetic regulatory body in another province.

Life as a Master of Applied Nutrition Student

A dietitian counsels a university student

Classic MAN Stream

Most successful applicants to the MAN program will be admitted to the Classic MAN Stream. Students in this stream participate in three different practicum placements, each focusing on a major area of dietetics. Each placement is 40 days long, taking place over the course of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on how many days per week students attend their placement.

Students are placed with a healthcare partner in the local community or the wider GTA, such as:

  • Guelph Community Health Centre
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre
  • Dufferin Area Family Health Team
  • Diabetes Canada
Friendly faces of staff at Grand River Hospital

Grand River Hospital Stream

Each year, four students are selected to complete the majority of their training through Grand River Hospital, providing a more clinical focus than the Classic MAN Stream.

High-achieving applicants with a strong desire to work in a hospital are a good fit for the Grand River Hospital Stream.

Students in this stream will complete 23 weeks focused in clinical care areas and will spend more overall time in practicum training than students in the Classic MAN Stream.



Note: Applicants to either stream of the MAN program must have access to a car for travelling to practicum placements.

Jessica Bertrand
Whether she's working with university students or hospital patients, Jessica uses the skills she developed in the MAN program to provide nutritional counselling to diverse groups of people. Since 2017, she has been working as a registered dietitian and wellness manager at Queen's University, where she helps students with unique nutritional requirements, which range from students with food sensitivities to those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets. She works closely with campus chefs and hospitality staff to provide healthy meals for students that cater to their individual dietary needs. "I am the go-to person for allergy management. I work with students to help them navigate what they can and can't eat to keep them safe."

Jessica Bertrand, Alumni
Master of Applied Nutrition

Sheree Gopie
Sheree knew that she wanted to become a registered dietitian at an early age and knew MAN was the right program for her because of its focus on experiential learning. During Sheree's placement at the Tim Hortons head office, she learned about how fast food companies work with nutritionists to meet government food guidelines. She also completed a placement in a family health clinic, where she worked with patients with diabetes, hypertension, and weight issues. "It was great working with dietitians to see how they interact with different clients, what their counselling style is like and how they convey information. It's a challenging but hugely rewarding program."

Sheree Gopie, Alumni
Master of Applied Nutrition

A registered dietitian counsels a patient.

Careers After Graduation

The hands-on nature of the Master of Applied Nutrition program means you'll be well-prepared for your career as a registered dietitian when you graduate. MAN students graduate with the required competencies to take the national Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) to become registered dietitians.

Registered dietitians work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community health centres, clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice, government, the food industry, and more.

During your practicum placements, you'll be learning and networking at the same time. Each year, about half of our students secure employment through their placements before graduation.

Applying to MAN

1Requirements may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by April 30 of the program entrance year.

2Applicants who completed their accredited undergraduate program more than three years ago may still be admitted with a Level 1 result from the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT).

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.

See the full guide on applying to MAN.

Visit the Student Financial Services website for full details on domestic and international tuition per semester.

MAN applicants are encouraged to apply for external scholarships in the fall of the year before entering the program. External award opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Applicants can also browse scholarships available to graduate students in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition.

MAN Webinar | Fall 2023

Interested in starting the Master of Applied Nutrition in 2024?

Watch our webinar, recorded October 26, 2023, to learn more about the program and how to apply!

Download the webinar transcript

Get in Touch

Questions about the Master of Applied Nutrition program? Contact:

Duska Males
Graduate Program Specialist, MAN
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
Email: man.grad@uoguelph.ca