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Master of Science in Nutrition+Dietetic Internship (MS+DI)

Program Director: Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN:

For more information, contact Marijane Staniec617-353-5152

Dietetic Internship Director:

Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND617-353-7470

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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.

As part of your program, you will develop a research proposal in an area of your choice and complete a practicum experience in an area such as an outpatient eating disorders program, private practice nutrition counseling, a clinical research center at a large teaching hospital, an outpatient cardiovascular clinic at a suburban teaching hospital, or the office of a nationally distributed nutrition newsletter.

The MS degree program must be completed before entry into the Dietetic Internship (DI), a six-credit, 29-week, full-time course beginning in June or January following completion of the MS degree program.

The DI has clinical sites at major teaching and community hospitals in the greater Bostonarea. The clinical sites provide excellent opportunities for you to observe and participate in a wide variety of areas of nutrition practice including nutrition support, pediatrics, oncology, nephrology, cardiology, diabetes, surgical care, outpatient counseling, food service, and management.

The 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.


After successful completion of the DI, which includes documentation of the completion of dietetic competencies and the MS+DI program evaluation, you will have met the competencies for the supervised practice component of entry-level dietitian education programs as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). You will receive an ACEND Verification Statement and you will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration national registration exam.

The Boston University DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. Telephone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. For more information please visit the ACEND website.

The MS+DI program participates in the AND Computer Match through D&D Digital, 304 Main Street, Ames, Iowa 50010. Telephone: 515-292-0400.

How to Apply

Prospective students can apply to our combined MS+DI program using the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). Please note the following mandatory requirements when applying to our program using DICAS:

  1. An official GRE score report must be received by February 15. Please send it directly to Boston University, using institution code 3087.
  2. The personal statement must be limited to a maximum of 500 words. The personal statement must ONLY answer the following questions: “What qualities and skills will I bring to my graduate studies at Boston University and eventual practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics?  Why I want to complete a graduate degree program at Boston University?
  3. Recommendation forms should be completed by individuals who are familiar with your academic ability as well as your professional work experience.
  4. Late applications will not be reviewed.

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.