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Human Nutritional Sciences
Head: Dr. James House
Grad Chair: Dr. Harold Aukema
Campus Address/General Office: Graduate Program Office: 209 Human Ecology Building
Telephone: 204-474-6411
Fax: 204-474-7593
Email Address: FHNS.GradProgram@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/fhns/index.html
Academic Staff: 

Please refer to our website for current staff listing: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/fhns/staff/index.html

Human Nutritional Sciences Program Information

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html

M.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of  Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, a candidate must have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.5. A four-year undergraduate degree from the Department OR another undergraduate degree with 3 credits of Physiology, three credits of Biochemistry and 6 credits in upper level foods or nutrition courses are required for unconditional admittance.

Students with a three-year undergraduate degree enter at the Pre-Master’s level, in which at least 18 credit hours of coursework are required. Pre-Master’s students are not eligible for graduate student stipends and do not carry out a research project.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

Program Requirements

As part of the minimum 12 credit hours required in the program, all students are required to take HNSC 7200 as well as 6 credit hours in Human Nutritional Sciences at the 700/7000 level. These 6 credit hours must comprise courses from at least two of the following three general subject areas:

  • Foods (Flavour Chemistry and Sensory Properties of Food, Chemistry and Function of Food Lipids, Nutraceuticals in Human Health, Advanced Problems in Foods);
  • Community Nutrition (Qualitative Research in Nutrition, Nutrition in Public Policy, Theoretical Approaches to Dietary Change Interventions, Nutritional Epidemiology, Advanced Problems in Nutrition); and,
  • Metabolic Nutrition (Vitamin Nutrition and Metabolism, Mineral and Trace Element Nutrition and Metabolism, Lipid Nutrition and Metabolism, Protein Nutrition and Metabolism, Phytochemical Nutrition and Metabolism, Energy and Carbohydrate Nutrition and Metabolism).

Note that in addition to the required courses in the M.Sc. program, if a student’s background is weak in specific areas related to their area of research, additional courses may be required. Any additional course requirements beyond the minimum stated above and subject to the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ maximum of 24 credit hours will be determined by the student’s thesis advisory committee and may include courses in statistics, communications, research methods or specialized courses in foods or nutrition. Students must also complete a thesis project in food and/or nutrition research.

All students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours.)  Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration unless the course has been completed previously.

Expected Time to Graduate: 2 years.  See 4.4.7 Time in Program.

Ph.D. in Human Nutritional Sciences

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, a complete application will include at least one letter of recommendation from the student’s intended advisor(s), attesting to the suitability of the candidate for Ph.D. studies in this program and when applicable another letter from the student’s Master’s degree advisor or equivalent.

The candidate will also provide a reference letter from someone who can provide general information on the ability of the candidate’s ability to complete a graduate program.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

Program Requirements

For students entering the program with an M.Sc. in another discipline or from another university, the coursework requirement will be determined by the Food and Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Studies Committee (FHNSGSC). In considering the coursework requirement, the HNSGSC will be guided by the principle that the total number of courses taken in both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. will be the equivalent of 18 credit hours, of which 15 credit hours must be in nutrition at the 7000 level. A second guiding principle will be that at least 3 credit hours of the nutrition courses taken (not including HNSC 7200.) will be from areas not directly related to the research area of the student and supervisor. All Ph.D. students will be required to take HNSC 7200.

For students entering the program with an M.Sc. in HNS from The University of Manitoba, the coursework requirement will consist of a minimum of 6 credit hours in HNS courses, all at the 7000 level. Of these 6 credit hours, three will consist of the seminar course: HNSC 7200. This will result in a total of 18 credit hours being taken in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, if both degrees are taken at the University of Manitoba. Of these 18 credit hours, 15 will be HNS courses.

All students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours.)  Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration unless the course has been completed previously.

Expected Time to Graduate: 4 years.  See 5.5 Time Limits.