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M.Sc. & Ph.D. Degree Program – Program Requirements
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies has published a "Guide for Potential Graduate Students" that addresses many of the questions you may be asking yourself. You can download a pdf version here.
As required by the School of Graduate Studies and the Department:
a) Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Students will attend and participate in NFS 1204Y, Master's Seminars in Nutritional Sciences, throughout their period of full-time registration and will complete a minimum of two half courses. For students with undergraduate training in nutritional sciences, at least one of these courses must be taken in the Department. Students with undergraduate training in disciplines other than nutritional sciences must take at least two half courses from the Department. In addition, a course in statistical methods or research design and analysis is required if not completed previously. Submission of a thesis on an approved research area and its defense at an oral examination are required.
Exceptional students may be allowed to reclassify into the Ph.D. program after one year, without completing the M.Sc., on the recommendation of an advisory committee and successful completion of a reclassification examination.
b) Part Time Master of Science (M.Sc.)
In selected situations, it is possible for professional students, working in settings that are amenable to joint research/employment activity, to be admitted to a Part-Time M.Sc. Program. Requirements for this program are identical with those of the regular M.Sc. program except that there is no period of required full-time residence.
c) Combined M.Sc./ Dietetics Program
Combined M.Sc / Dietetics Program at the Hospital for Sick Children
Note: This form is available in .pdf format.
d) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Students will attend and participate in NFS 1304Y, Doctoral Seminars in Nutritional Sciences. Those entering with a bachelor's degree will also complete a minimum of six half courses; those entering with an M.Sc. degree, a minimum of four half courses. The courses will be chosen by each student to provide an appropriate background for his/her area of investigation. It is expected that all candidates will have an adequate knowledge of research design and statistics through course work in their past or the current graduate program. The choice of courses will be made in consultation with the supervisor and the student's advisory committee and is subject to the approval of the Department. The student will also complete a comprehensive examination in nutritional sciences. To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, a thesis must be submitted and the student must pass the departmental examination before proceeding to the final oral examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.
e) Collaborative Graduate Program in Biomedical Toxicology (M.Sc./Ph.D.)
The Department participates with the Collaborative Graduate Program in Biomedical Toxicology. This program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to gain breadth and depth of knowledge in biomedical toxicology beyond their thesis research. This program aims to prepare participants for careers related to toxicology and emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills in addition to acquiring greater knowledge of basic principles and specific aspects of biomedical toxicology. Further information is available at: http://www.pharmtox.utoronto.ca/programs/cpbt.htm
f) Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health (M.Sc./Ph.D)
The Department participates with the Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Department and participating in this program receive their degree in Nutritional Sciences and a notation on their transcript. The main objective of the program is to provide training in Aboriginal Health research and practice for graduate students, while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations. This program includes specialized course work and participation in a research seminar series, as well as a practicum or equivalent in an Aboriginal Health topic. Research must be in Aboriginal Health. Further information is available at http://www.gradschool.utoronto.ca/programs/collaborative/Aboriginal_Health.htm
g) Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health (M.Sc./Ph.D.)
The Department participates with the collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Department and participating in this program receive their degree in Nutritional Sciences and the following notation to their transcript: "Completed the Collaborative Program in Women's Health". The Collaborative Program in Women's Health provides interdisciplinary training in women's health research. Specific goals include the following: helping students develop shared understandings of the complex interactions of biology and environment, sex and gender; providing students with the necessary skill set to undertake and lead interdisciplinary, collaborative health care research projects; and enhancing mutually beneficial relationships among researchers and practitioners of women's health across the University and its affiliated teaching hospitals. Participation in this program has implications for the student, including participation in a core course and a graduate student research day. Students are also required to develop a plan to build interdisciplinary research skills in women's health. Further information is available at http://www.womensresearch.ca/graduate/
h) Collaborative Graduate Program in Public Health Policy (M.Sc./Ph.D)
The Department participates with the collaborative Graduate Program in Public Health Policy. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Department ad participating in this program receive their degree in Nutritional Sciences and the following notation to their transcript “Completed the Collaborative Graduate Program in Public Health Policy”. The Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy will provide students with exemplary training program in public health policy which will foster synergies and cross-disciplinary learning. It will give students the capacity to engage in current events and contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities. The Collaborative Program will be cross-disciplinary, bringing together a broad range of disciplines, substantive foci, and theoretical and methodological underpinnings, to synergistically build and engaged community of practice of students and faculty focused on public health policy. It will contribute to the creation of the next generation of public health policy research leaders and creative agents for change, able to address the health issues and challenges. Through the direction of the stellar team of academics and policy makers associated with the Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy, students will be provided with real world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policy making (including insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law e.g., guideline and informal process) which operate at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels and in settings that are cross-cutting and in ways that are both cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral. Further information is available at http://www.publichealthpolicy.utoronto.ca/program.html
Required Period of Residence and Maximum Allowed Time to Completion
The minimum residence requirement for full-time M.Sc. students is one year (12 months).
For Ph.D., the full-time residence requirement for candidates admitted with a bachelor's degree is three years; those admitted with a master's degree, two years. Although it is expected that students from either background can complete their Ph.D. in a period of four years of full-time study, research, and thesis preparation, some students may require a longer period of time. In recent years, the average time to completion of programs has been 2 years for the M.Sc. and 5 years (after the M.Sc.) for the Ph.D. The Department is attempting to shorten time to completion, but prospective students should assume that the longer times may persist. The School of Graduate Studies sets maximum allowed times to completion of the degree (five years for the M.Sc. and six years for the Ph.D.). Students admitted to the Part-Time M.Sc. Program can expect to spend longer to finish than students in the full-time program, but the same maximum time applies.
To familiarize students with the responsibilities required of them as a graduate student at the University of Toronto, we have prepared a Graduate Student Handbook to assist new and continuing graduate students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in regards of departmental policies and regulations in the successful completion of their programs. Please click here for the Handbook.
If you are interested in joining our graduate
program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator - Admissions & Awards or the Administrative Assistant for more information or simply follow the links
to "Admission" and "Program Requirements".
Prof. Anthony Hanley
Graduate Coordinator- Admissions & Awards
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
FitzGerald Building, Room 316
150 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E2