Academics / Academic Programs

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

Program Director:

Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN617-358-5479

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The MS 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 and complete an individually designed practicum. Practicum sites have included an eating disorders clinic, 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.

The MS 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 program.

The DI has clinical sites at major teaching and community hospitals in the greater Boston and surrounding areas. The clinical sites provide excellent opportunities for you to observe and participate in a wide variety of specialties such as 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’ll receive the DI verification statement and be eligible to take the registration exam. At this time, you will have met the core competencies for the supervised practice component of entry-level dietitian education programs as mandated by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The 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.

The MS+DI 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 transcript must be received by February 15. Please send it directly to Boston University, institution code 3087.

2.) The personal statement must be limited to a maximum of 500 words.

3.) The personal statement must ONLY answer the following question: “What qualities and skills will I bring to my studies and eventual practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics?

4.) Recommendation forms should be completed by individuals who are familiar with your academic ability and/or professional work experience.

5.) Late applications will not be reviewed.

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 questions.