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Dietetics M.S. with Dietetic Internship (MSDI)

Admissions Deadlines

Fall Term:

  • Preselection: Applications must be sent to dietetic.internship@unco.edu by Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. Mountain time.
  • General admission: Applications must be submitted to DICAS by Feb. 15. 

How to Apply for Preselection MSDI (UNC students and alumni)

Please see the How to Apply to the Stand-alone DI and MSDI: Instructions for Preselection PDF.

Admission Requirements for General Admission MSDI (DICAS)

Step 1: Apply to DICAS: The Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service

  • The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on Feb. 15.
  • The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application. 
  • Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics is required. 
  • Personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Forgo answering the questions provided by DICAS and instead answer the following questions specific to UNC’s program:
    • Describe an influential person or experience that had a positive impact on you and why.
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • If you had more free time in your day, what would you do to fill the hours?
    • Please describe how you envision yourself as a leader within the Nutrition and Dietetics profession.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application. One reference must be from a current or former employer, one from a dietetics professor and the third is your choice.
  • You may be asked to participate in a telephone interview.  If you are not requested to participate, this does not mean that your application is not being considered.
  • During the application screening process, your application documents are reviewed and a numerical score calculated by members of the review committee is used to rank applications.  An objective spreadsheet is used to calculate the points each applicant has earned during the review process.
  • Please note: For the M.S. in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship, you are not required to submit the Preceptor Form, Facility Form and Rotation Summary Form. These will be due during the first year of the program once accepted.
  • If you have technical concerns with your application, please contact DICAS.
  • Please note that this step is not required for the Preselection for Dietetic Internship.

Step 2: Register on D&D Digital

  • Register online for computer matching. You will be asked to provide a ranking of dietetic internships for which you wish to apply. If you do not complete this step, you will not be eligible for the program.
  • The fee to register with D&D Digital is $65.
  • Please note that this step is not required for the Preselection for Dietetic Internship.

Step 3: Pay Program Application Fee

The Dietetics M.S. with Dietetic Internship program has an application fee that is separate from DICAS. This must be paid by the general admission deadline listed above. This application fee is non-refundable. Application fee link.

Step 4: Apply to UNC Graduate School after Internship Match

Once matched into the UNC M.S. Dietetics with Dietetic Internship through D&D Digital or through the preselection process, you have 10 business days (by 5 p.m. MT) to apply to the UNC Graduate School.

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

Each applicant must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.
    • If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional academic stipulations to remain enrolled at UNC.
    • If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.

Step 5: Complete the Application

Complete the online application.

  • Answer the application questions.
  • Submit the application and pay the non-refundable application fee. 
    • Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee

Once you submit your application you will be assigned an Admissions Portal, allowing you to upload supplemental items, as listed below, and track your application through the admissions process.

Step 6: Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from any accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from an accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e., PharmD) may be eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. 

Exceptions: If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies.

Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program from the issuing institution.

Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
Campus Commons
1051 22nd St
Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639

Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu.

The Office of Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Office of Admissions will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Office of Admissions cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

Step 7: Note About the GRE

This program does not require GRE scores.

Additional Information:

Please note: Graduate courses taken at another institution or at UNC must be taken within five calendar years of graduating from the M.S. in Dietetics program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission recommendation. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

Questions? Please send questions to dietetic.internship@unco.edu

International Applicants

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information 
For more information about the admission process to the graduate program, please email the Office of Admissions at grad.admissions@unco.edu or call 970-351-2881. For information about the dietetic internship, please contact dietetic.internship@unco.edu.