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, as well as learn how to put together a strong application package. Each year, the program hosts an Applicant Information Session in September, and an Applicant Resume and Cover Letter session in November.

2018-19 Prospective Student Sessions:

The Applicant Information Session for 2019 admission was held on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018. If you are were not able to attend the session, please see the Applicant Info Session Slides and the video recording of the session below.

The session featured a panel of UBC staff members involved in the admissions process, as well as students at various stages of the program.


The Applicant Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for 2019 admission was held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. 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 facilitated 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.