Dietetic Internship (MS Degree Track)

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 Nutrition 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.

Applying

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 AdmissionsStudents must apply to the MS degree in Nutrition (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.

  • The program is using the online centralized internship application, DICAS, e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15th each year. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA, 02472.
  • When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must also register online with D&D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15th each year. There is a $50 computer matching fee.

Applicants Must

  • Provide an AND Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) – submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide official transcripts showing completion of at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (bachelor's degree must be completed before beginning program in August) - submitted with the DICAS online application as well as to ASU Graduate Education.
  • Request 3 letters of recommendation - submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide a resume or curriculum vita - submitted with the DICAS online application as well as to ASU Graduate Education.
  • Provide a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following:
  1. Describe the significant professional responsibilities you have held.
  2. State your professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this MS/DI program.
  3. Describe your strengths that will help you succeed in the program and in reaching your professional goals.
  4. Indicate your personal research interests as specifically as possible, including any previous research experience you may have acquired.
  5. If you are also applying for a Graduate Assistantship, please describe any previous teaching experience, or experience as a TA or RA. For more information about assistantships, please refer to the Nutrition Graduate Handbook.

This personal statement should be submitted with the DICAS online application as well as to ASU Graduate Education.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general test to ASU Graduate Education.
  • Apply online for admission into the ASU Master of Science, Human Nutrition program and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) DICAS system by February 15th.

More Information and Details

For information about ASU Dietetic Internship costs, schedules, policies and procedures, please see the ASU Dietetic Internship Handbook.

General Information

Openings in MS degree Dietetic Internship Track10
Average number of applicants to ASU MS degree program50-70
GRE score requirement (General Exam)Competitive quantitative and verbal GRE scores; 3.5 or higher score on analytical writing section
Minimum GPA required3.0
Average GPA of enrolled students last 3 years3.4
Ranking of importance for acceptance:

1. GPA
2. GRE
3. Letter of Application (personal statement)
4. Research experience
5. Dietetic-related work or volunteer experience
6. Letters of Recommendation