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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition and Foods, M.S. - Dietetic Internship Program

Degree Requirements: 45 Credit Hours

Program Description

The MSNF-DI program combines a non-thesis Master’s degree with a minimum of 1000 supervised practice hours for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians. Students gain experience in community nutrition, food systems administration, and clinical nutrition practice areas. Upon completing three semesters (first year), students will take a Master’s level comprehensive examination prior to enrollment in the Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics course. Students must pass the comprehensive examination prior to starting the Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics course. Previous graduate coursework may be accepted at the discretion of the Program Director. Previous graduate course work must be supported by an institutional catalog description and course syllabus.

Admission Requirements

Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a seat in the program.

  1. Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition & Dietetics, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, with coursework completed within the last 5 years
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), with a minimum of a ‘C’ in prerequisite DPD, math, and science coursework
  3. TOEFL IBT score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four exam sub-sections (international students)
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No minimum score required.
  5. Completion of dietetic related volunteer and work experience, in the fields of nutrition, food science, health, laboratory or clinical research, foodservice, food industry, nutrition education, or health promotion
  6. Completion of the online Georgia Southern Graduate Application 
  7. Submit official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. 
  8. Completion of the online Dietetic Internship Centralized application Service (DICAS http://portal.dicas.org ) packet with the following:
    • Application Information 
    • Intent to Complete or Verification of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Personal statement (8000 character limit) discussing the following:
      • Why you want to enter the dietetics profession
      • Your interest in community nutrition or in school nutrition (choose only one)
      • Your short-term and long-term goals
      • Experiences and skills that reflect your ability to be successful in the dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian
      • An assessment of the qualities, knowledge, and skills you feel you need or wish to improve upon
      • Other information you consider important for the selection process
    • Resume that includes education, work and professional history, recognition/awards, membership and participation in professional organizations, dietetic related volunteer experience, other experiences related to the dietetic internship. 
    • Three letters of reference
    • Upload results of a criminal background check that includes federal , state and local levels. For Professional Screening & Information (PSI), the costumer code is CUST and the product 983 and product code GSUN for background check only (background check must be clear of offenses for the previous five years), http://www.psibackgroundcheck.com/
  9. Register with D & D Digital matching system at http://www.dnddigital.com and submit the D & D Digital registration fee. Pre-Select Georgia Southern University graduates do not register with D & D Digital matching system. 
  10. Completion of a pre-admission interview.
  11. Completion of a pre-admissions math quiz.
  12. Required documentation after acceptance to the DI Program are listed on the program website: https://chp.georgiasouthern.edu/hk/graduate/dietetic-internship-programs/combined-masters-of-science-in-nutrition-and-foods-plus-dietetic-internship-ms-di-program/ms-di-program-admissions/

NOTE: Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for other admissions related information.

Total Credit Hours: 45

*Recommend interns take NTFS 7790  for 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters. A total of 18 credit hours will apply toward program completion. 


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit Graduate Academic Advisement .

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu