Academics / Academic Programs

Didactic Program in Dietetics / Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetic Internship

Program Director:

Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN617-358-5479

For further information, please contact:

Marijane Staniec, MS. RD, LDN, CNSC617-353-5152

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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).

The DPD/MS Program

The DPD/MS is a five-semester program. To successfully complete the program, both the DPD coursework to obtain a Verification Statement and the graduate degree requirements must be met. To receive a Verification Statement, all DPD Professional coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of B-. Coursework transferred must be from an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university with an ACEND accredited DPD program.  No more than 8 credits of DPD Professional coursework may be accepted toward DPD Professional coursework requirements.  All DPD Science coursework  must be completed with a minimum grade of a C-. Coursework transferred here must be from an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university.  No more than 16 credits of DPD Science coursework may be accepted toward DPD Science coursework requirements. After you satisfactorily complete all DPD Professional and Science coursework you will receive a DPD Verification Statement.

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 (

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. 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.

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.

The DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the AND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Telephone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400 (

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.