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CSE B.S. in Foods and Nutrition Pre-Select Application to the M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship Program

The Pre-select MS/DI at the college provides pre-select admission to the MS/DI program for students enrolled in the CSE DPD program. Students accepted into this option complete the master's in nutrition and the dietetic internship program over two years after completion of the BS degree and DPD Verification coursework. Upon completion of the MS/DI, the student receives a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and receives a DI Verification of Program Completion allowing the student to sit for the National Examination for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists (RD/RDN).

The program offers two concentrations: Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice (ENP) or Community and Public Health Nutrition (CPHN). Students qualified to apply for the pre-select option must select one of the two concentrations at the time of application and indicate that choice in the letter of application. ENP starts in August/Fall semester and CPHN starts in January/Spring semester.

Up to six (6) of the sixteen (16) ENP positions and up to ten (10) of the twenty (20) CPHN positions may be filled using the pre-select option. Applicants apply at the beginning of the Senior year and are expected to have a 3.0 overall GPA (based on academic transcripts all schools attended for undergraduate and/or graduate coursework) and a 3.5 GPA in the DPD courses at the time of application.

Students wishing to apply through this option should contact the Dietetic Internship Director between August 1 and September 1 for application forms and instructions.

Application materials will be due on September 15. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Qualified applicants will be required to provide:

  • Application form (obtained from DI Director)
  • Recommendation (from outside CSE, using form provided)
  • Letter of application (indicating choice of concentration and reason for interest)
  • Resume
  • Interview

A committee of Foods and Nutrition faculty will review and score the pre-select applications and decide by October 1. Applicants accepted will be required to confirm acceptance by October 15. Acceptance is provisional and will require maintenance of at least a 3.2 DPD GPA, and that the student earn a DPD Verification, and model professional integrity and the Academy's Code of Ethics. A description of professional integrity is published in the Foods and Nutrition Program and College Student Handbooks available on the CSE website.

Students not able to meet the pre-select requirements during the senior year will forfeit her/his slot in the MS/DI.

To apply through to the MS/DI pre-select option students must have:

  • Completed the prerequisites to the MS in Nutrition program including; Human Physiology, (or Anatomy and Physiology I and II), Introductory and Organic Chemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry I and II and Statistics
  • Must have a 3.0 overall GPA at the time of application, 3.5 GPA in the DPD coursework
  • If accepted, maintain at least a 3.2 GPA in the DPD requirements through senior year.

Please note, the pre-select option is not an automatic acceptance. Applicants will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA
  • DPD GPA
  • Recommendation (from non-CSE source, either work or volunteer)
  • Letter of application
  • Work/volunteer experiences
  • Interview

Students confirming acceptance into the MS/DI will not be eligible to apply to other programs using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) or national computer matching through D&D Digital. In addition, the student must remove him/herself from other application processes for similar programs that do not participate in DICAS or D&D. Applicants who violate these terms of acceptance will automatically revoke their admission to the CSE MS/DI.

After evaluation of the application, an applicant who is not accepted through the pre-select option is advised to contact the DI Program Director to discuss options and findings of the pre-select committee. In most cases, the applicant will be advised to apply through the traditional matching process and will be given direction to improve her application.