Preparing a Successful Application

To investigate the profession, do online research (e.g.,  Dietitians of Canada and College of Dietitians of British Columbia websites) and seek exposure to dietitian roles through volunteer, employment or networking experiences. Familiarize yourself with common practice areas of dietitians including nutrition care, population and public health and management, as well as other practice area options such as private practice, business and industry, education and research. Applicants who have had direct exposure to dietitians are typically able to convey their understanding of and assessment of personal fit with the profession better than those who have not had such exposure.  See FAQ #4 for ways to connect with dietitians.

To familiarize yourself with the Program's structure and requirements, review the Dietetics Major academic calendar entry and program website thoroughly.

The Program's Skills and Abilities Document outlines a sample of the student performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary for successful program completion.  Review this document to become familiar with the types of skills and abilities for successful performance that will be assessed throughout the program.

Attending an information session is a useful way to learn more about the profession and the program. A general application information session is held each September and an applicant resume / cover letter session is held each January.

The Applicant Information Session for 2018 admission occurred on Thursday, Sept 21, 2017. If you are were not able to attend the session, see the Applicant Info Session Slides and video recording below.

  • This session featured a panel of UBC staff and faculty involved in admissions to speak about the process and answer questions.  The panel also included program students to share their experiences with admissions and being in the Dietetics program.

The Applicant Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for 2018 admission was held Wednesday, November 29, 2017. If you were not able to attend the session, see the Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Slides and video recording of the event below.

      • This session was offered by the UBC Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.


Successful applicants to the Dietetics Major have varied volunteer and employment histories. No one particular set of experiences will guarantee your entry into the program.

Seek experiences that assist in the achievement of the indicators of interest in and suitability for the dietetics profession as outlined in the UBC Academic Calendar. These include general attributes and skills applicable to a variety of career and academic pursuits (e.g. critical thinking, decision-making, leadership, communication), as well as those more specific to dietetics. When preparing your cover letter and resume, rather than just providing position titles, it is important to highlight relevant skills achieved and attributes demonstrated.

Experience in hospital food services, though not essential for program acceptance, can be beneficial for increasing your knowledge of how hospital food services systems operate and for gaining understanding of the roles of dietitians in institutional settings. This experience also provides exposure to the hospital environment, the setting for most of the Program's practice education experiences.

NOTE: It can be difficult for pre-program students to obtain job shadowing opportunities at health authority sites, due to organizational policies and/or dietitian scheduling constraints.  Dietitians unable to accommodate job shadowing requests may be willing to participate in an informational interview to discuss their role. See FAQ #4 for ways to connect with dietitians.