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The Arizona State University MS degree Dietetic Internship Track is a two-year combined program for individuals who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree as well as accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework requirements. This track of the program is open to graduates of any DPD program, whereas the non-degree track of the ASU Dietetic Internship is open to only ASU DPD graduates. The dietetic internship provides the supervised practice experience that is required to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. The combined program offers interns the opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science in addition to the required supervised practice component. The ASU MS degree Dietetic Internship program has a concentration in research and is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level practice as an RD. The program requires completion of a 33 credit MS Degree, research thesis, and approximately 1216 hours (about 8 months full-time) of supervised practice experience.
The first year of the combined MS/DI program consists mainly of graduate coursework in the Nutrition program at ASU. Interns complete research under the guidance of graduate nutrition faculty. Supervised practice placements for the dietetic internship begin in August of the second year.
The intern must successfully complete the objectives for each supervised practice experience and meet all requirements for the Master’s degree, including writing a thesis and passing the defense. Upon satisfactory completion of both the MS degree and the dietetic internship, students will be provided with an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Verification Statement indicating their eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Admission to the MS degree dietetic internship requires concurrent admission to the ASU Graduate College. Applicants must complete two different online application forms, one for the internship (DICAS system – see below) and one for ASU Graduate Admissions. Students must apply to the MS degree in Nutritional Science (do not apply to the MS in Dietetics option, which is for current Registered Dietitians).
In addition, before beginning the ASU Dietetic Internship, all students must provide official transcripts showing completion of at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and also a signed verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
The MS degree track of the ASU Dietetic Internship utilizes the online DICAS application system and D&D Digital computer matching application process.
This personal statement should be submitted with the DICAS online application as well as to ASU Graduate Education.
For information about ASU Dietetic Internship costs, schedules, policies and procedures, please see the ASU Dietetic Internship Handbook.
|Openings in MS degree Dietetic Internship Track||10|
|Average number of applicants to ASU MS degree program||60|
|GRE score requirement (General Exam)||Competitive quantitative and verbal GRE scores; 3.5 or higher score on analytical writing section|
|Minimum GPA required||3.0|
|Average DPD GPA of enrolled students last 3 years||3.7|
|Average GRE scores of enrolled interns, last 2 years|
>50th percentile in all areas
Finalists will be interviewed via Zoom, Skype or phone call.
|Ranking of importance for acceptance:|
3. Personal statement
5. Research experience
7. Letters of Recommendation