Undergraduate Programs

Dietetics Specialization

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Science, Dietetics Specialization. With this degree, you can go on to practice as a Registered Dietitian (RD). You will gain both the knowledge and practical skills needed to practice as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritionist.

  • This program is 4-years in length - you must complete some pre-professional study prior to admission. Please note: NU FS 100 is only available at the University of Alberta. Currently, there are no equivalents available at other institutions.
  • Admission to this program guarantees your Dietetic Internship, which is a requirement in order to become a Registered Dietitian. 
  • This is a 50-person cohort program - you will have a specific course pattern, the same as all your classmates and you will not deviate from that pattern for your 4 years in the program. If you are granted transfer credit from previous study, it will NOT accelerate your degree progress.
  • To learn more about what a Registered Dietitian does, visit the College of Dietitians of Alberta.

Admission Requirements

  1. Pre-Professional Course Requirements
    To be considered for admission, students must complete ALL of the following courses by the end of Winter semester immediately prior to admission.
    BIOL 107
    CHEM 101
    CHEM 102
    CHEM 164 OR 261
    *6 OF ENGL (two ENGL classes)
    NUTR 100
    STAT 151
    NU FS 100 (recommended)
  2. Competitive Admission GPA
    Minimum Admission GPA IS 2.7. Please note a competitive applicant will have a minimum of 3.0. Admission GPA is calculated on all coursework completed in the two most recent terms of study (Fall/Winter) provided they contain a minimum of 24 credits. If those two terms contain less than 24 credits, then all work in the term(s) prior will be included in the calculation until the minimum total of 24 credits has been reached.
  3. Spoken English Language Proficiency
  4. Full-Time Study Requirement 
    Your academic history must demonstrate that you can reasonably handle a full-time academic program. The Admission Committee will be looking for academic success in a full-time course load in a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
  5. Letter of Intent
  6. Two Letters of Reference
  7. Interview
    Students competitive in all other admission requirements will be invited to complete the interview stage.
    The interview will take the format of a Multiple Mini Interview.

Out of Province Students

Up to 30% (15 out 50) places in the Dietetics Specialization may be available to competitive out of province applicants/residents. Please note: all admission requirements will remain in effect including pre-requisite courses and multiple-mini interview.

Recommended Path for Admission

Enrol in the BSc in Nutrition and Food Science General Program. Take all courses outlined in the pre-professional requirements. Apply to the Dietetics Specialization program during completion of your pre-professional year.

*Please note: Any transfer credit relevant will be assessed at the time of admission to the Dietetics Specialization. Given that the program is cohort-based if a student receives transfer credit, they would not be able to advance more quickly than their cohort.


Admission Formula

Applicants are ranked on their academic achievement in the prerequisite courses; overall academic achievement (emphasizing recent academic performance); the content and format of their Letter of Intent; the strength of their Letters of Reference and their performance in the Multiple Mini Interview process.

Applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee based on the following:
Letter of Intent: 20%
Letters of Reference: 10%
GPA: 70%

Applicants will be invited to complete a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and successful applicants will be selected based on:
Multiple Mini Interview: 50%
Aggregate Score (GPA/Letter of Intent/Letters of Reference): 50%


Document Submission

Letter of Intent: The Letter of Intent can be emailed as a PDF directly to questions.ales@ualberta.ca. Please label your document in the following format: Lastname_Firstname_ID#_LOI. Once a letter has been submitted, subsequent versions will not be accepted.
Example: Pratt_Jillian_1234567_LOI.
All Letters of Intent must be received by 11:59pm February 1, 2017.

Letters of References:
 Referees can submit their signed reference letters as a PDF directly to questions.ales@ualberta.ca. Only letters from professional email accounts will be accepted. Once a letter has been submitted, subsequent versions will not be accepted. Referees should be sure to include the student's full name and ID number in the subject line of their email.
All Letters of Reference must be received by 11:59pm February 1, 2017.