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This program is for students without undergraduate backgrounds in nutrition who want to complete the didactic requirements (DPD) for credentialing as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a graduate-level academic program (MS) in nutrition and an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI).

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The DPD/MS is a five-semester program. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a DPD Verification Statement and be awarded an MS degree. The Director, Dietetic Internship, and the Director, Programs in Nutrition will initiate the process of assessing and reviewing your prior learning in these courses before beginning the Dietetic Internship program. After successfully completing the Dietetic Internship (DI), you will receive the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement and be eligible to take the national registration exam.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics/Master of Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, 312-899-0400, extension 5400 (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend).

The MS degree program will prepare you to critically evaluate and implement the results of current research, solve problems and communicate effectively. You’ll study with faculty involved in research, education, administration, professional practice, communication and consulting. The MS degree requires a minimum of 32 graduate credits, completed with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 for graduate level courses (700-level or above).

As part of your program, you will develop a research proposal and complete a practicum experience. Practicum sites have included an outpatient eating disorder treatment program, a nutrition support team at a large urban hospital, a private practice focused on nutrition for athletes, a clinical research center at a large teaching hospital, an outpatient cardiovascular clinic at a suburban teaching hospital and the offices of a nationally distributed nutrition newsletter.

In the Required Courses section, courses are classified based upon whether they meet DPD requirements, MS requirements or both. Boston University’s Academic Calendar can be found here.

After satisfactory completion of the five-semester DPD/MS program, you will receive a DPD Verification Statement and be awarded an MS degree. The Director, Dietetic Internship and the Director, Programs in Nutrition will initiate the process of assessing and reviewing your prior learning in these courses before beginning the Dietetic Internship program. You are then eligible to enter into the Dietetic Internship (DI) program. If you choose to accept the DI appointment, you cannot participate in the National Computer Match.

Note: Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD) at Boston University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

The Dietetic (DI) Internship Program

The DI, a 29-week, full-time, six-credit course, begins in either January or June following successful completion of the DPD/MS.

The DI has clinical sites at major teaching and community hospitals in the greater Boston area, which offer excellent opportunities for you to observe and participate in a wide variety of specialty areas of practice such as nutrition support, pediatrics, oncology, nephrology, cardiology, diabetes, surgical care, out-patient counseling, food service, and management.

After satisfactorily completing the DI, which includes documentation of the completion of dietetic internship competencies and the MS+DI program evaluation, you will receive the DI Verification Statement and be eligible to take the national registration exam. Graduates of our DPD/MS + DI program maintain a longstanding 100 percent pass rate on the national RDN exam.

The DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Telephone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400 (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend).

The 29-week, six-credit DI requires tuition payment. You must also pay a nonrefundable $1,000 fee to your internship site during the first two weeks of the DI. A car may be necessary to get to the DI site, as some sites are approximately 40 miles from Boston.

For more information, contact Dietetic Internship Director Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND at 617-353-7470.

Boston University Measurable Learning Outcomes

Our curriculum is guided by the achievement of specific learning outcomes. At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Conduct an effective dietary counseling session.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret current research in nutrition and health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design research studies to answer current and relevant nutrition-related questions.

Want to learn more?

We invite you to introduce yourself by filling out the Request Information form. You can also contact us by email at sargrad@bu.edu.