Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Dietetics M.S. with Dietetic Internship


Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Extended Campus/Distance
Mode: Online
Start term: Fall

Location: Gunter 2590

Telephone: 970.351.2755

Fax: 970.351.1489

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/nutrition-dietetics/

The Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship is a three-year, online program and is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the Registered Dietitian Examination as well as entry-level practice. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The curriculum of 55 credits supports the development of skills related to being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and provides hands-on learning opportunities in supervised practice settings. Through their coursework, students will develop critical thinking and leadership skills that will support their future work and development as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This program assumes an undergraduate background in Nutrition and Dietetics and completion of the Didactic Courses in Dietetics.

Areas emphasized include: nutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling methods, nutrition communication, public health nutrition and research methods. Career opportunities include registered dietitian nutritionist positions in hospitals, clinics, public health departments, government agencies, research settings industry and schools.

The Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship requires a capstone course which provides students the opportunity to complete and in-depth study of an area of evidence-based research/practice, write a comprehensive paper and present the project results. The required comprehensive examination for the Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship will be satisfied by successful completion of the capstone project. 


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

Each applicant must:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.
    1. If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional academic stipulations to remain enrolled at UNC.
    2. If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.
  3. This program does not require GRE scores
  4. Personal statement (discuss why want to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, discuss experiences that have helped prepare for career, short-term and long-term goals, strengths and weaknesses, experience in online education and potential as a graduate student)
  5. Letters of recommendations from three individuals familiar with the applicant's academic/employment performance
  6. Applicants must first apply through the programs General Admission Process (non-UNC students or alumni) or the Pre-Select Admission Process (UNC students or alumni).

Degree Requirements — 55 Credits

Required Major Credits - 26 hours

FND 530Nutrition Assessment and Intervention Methods


FND 551Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism - Macronutrients


FND 553Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism - Micronutrients


FND 570Nutrition Counseling Methods


FND 610Nutrition Communication


FND 620Current Topics in Nutrition and Dietetics


FND 652Public Health Nutrition


FND 686Dietetics Capstone


Select one of the following courses:

RCS 610Interpretation and Evaluation of Behavioral Research


SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


Elective Credits - 6 hours

FND 625Advanced Maternal and Child Nutrition


FND 655Sports Nutrition


Alternate electives may be selected with advisor approval prior to registration for the course.

Supervised Practice Practicum - 20 hours

FND 592Dietetics Supervised Practice


FND 592: Take 20 hours

Program Notes

The Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606 (800-877-1600). With successful completion of the Dietetics M.S. with Dietetic Internship, the graduate is eligible to take the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 

Potential applicants are required to submit an application to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) and register with the D & D Digital Matching site in addition to submitting an application to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado. Admission to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission into the Dietetics graduate program.

The program is offered according to a cohort model in which all students take the courses in the same sequence. The required comprehensive examination will be satisfied by successful completion of the capstone project in FND 686.

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