Master of Science in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship
This three-year, online 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. Through coursework, you will develop critical thinking and leadership skills that will support your future work and development as a RDN. 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.
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. At this time, the University of Northern Colorado has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Extended Campus Eligibility by State 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:
- Public Health Departments
- Government Agencies
- Research Settings
- Industry and Schools
Please see the University of Northern Colorado Dietetic Internship website for further information regarding our distance online internship, requirements and process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, expenses that will occur after completion of graduate courses, and a mandatory 3-day orientation at the UNC campus in Greeley, Colorado that will occur at the beginning of your third year in the program.
Graduate Assistant & Scholarship Opportunities
We are pleased to offer two full-time (18 hour/week) graduate assistant opportunities. As a graduate assistant, you will be be engaged in faculty scholarship and undergraduate instruction as well as other duties. Each position includes a 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.
In addition, our program will award five Graduate Dean’s Scholarships. These scholarships provide $750 per semester, for the life of your program, as long as you enroll in a minimum of 6 credits and remain in good academic standing.
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.