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Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship (MSDI)

NEW for intern class of 2024-25!
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The University of Northern Colorado Dietetic Internship (DI) was established in 1995 and is the first to base the learning structure on a Distance Education Model.

This three-year, distance program is designed to prepare you for successful completion of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Examination as well as entry-level practice. The curriculum of 55 credits supports the development of skills related to being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and provides hands-on learning opportunities in supervised practice settings. You will earn a Master of Science degree in Dietetics after completion of graduate coursework and internship rotations. Through coursework, you will develop critical thinking and leadership skills that will support your future work and development as a RDN.

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor’s degree to a Master’s degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND® accredited dietetics program. For more information, see Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Frequently Asked Questions and Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Student Option Scenarios.

This program is brought to students online through UNC Extended Campus.  The University of Northern Colorado has been approved by Colorado to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Through this membership, we adhere to established standards for distance higher education and are authorized to serve students from all 49 NC-SARA participating states. Please visit our Extended Campus Eligibility by State of Residence web page for details.

Areas emphasized include:  

  • Nutrient Metabolism
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutrition Counseling Methods
  • Nutrition Communication
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Methods

Careers include RDN positions in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Public Health Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Research Settings
  • Industry and Schools

This program assumes an undergraduate background in Nutrition and Dietetics and completion of the Didactic Courses in Dietetics resulting in either a Declaration of Intent or a Verification Statement to apply - please discuss the options with your Didactic Program Director. A capstone course is required for this program and must be completed before starting your dietetic internship.

Virtual Open Houses for MS Dietetics with Dietetic Internship Programs

All open houses will be recorded and can be sent upon request. If you plan to attend, please email brianna.williams@unco.edu to RSVP and to give us permission to distribute the recording. If you would prefer not to be visible in the recording, you may leave your camera off. 

Preselection (UNCO Students and Alums):
Thursday 10/19/2023 6pm MT
Location: Zoom

M.S. in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) Program:
Thursday 11/09/2023 6pm MT
Location: Zoom

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program:
Wednesday 11/08/2023 6pm MT
Location: Zoom

Navigating UNCO's DI and MSDI Application
Thursday 1/11/2024 4pm MT 
Location: Gunter 2600 or Zoom

Zoom Link

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Graduate Assistant opportunities may be available on an annual basis.  As a graduate assistant, you would be engaged in faculty scholarship and undergraduate instruction as well as other duties. Graduate Assistant positions includea stipend, and a tuition and partial fee waiver for up to 10 credits per semester. 

Please note your interest and qualifications for a graduate assistant position in your UNC Graduate School Application Personal Statement. 

The Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship at the University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND®) through 2021 and adheres to the knowledge, skills, and competencies described by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered. ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.


Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND®)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-312-899-0040, ext 5400

Academy Diversity and Inclusion Statement 

The Academy encourages diversity and inclusion by striving to recognize, respect and include differences in ability, age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, and socioeconomic characteristics in the nutrition and dietetics profession.