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Admission Requirements and Application Process

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will screen applicants via the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS).  To apply, follow the instructions below.  After you receive notification on April 5, 2020, that you matched with our program, you may apply to the UNC Graduate School per Step 4 below.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must:

  • Apply to the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) and register with D&D Digital.
  • A Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics is required.
  • 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, and grades of C or better in all didactic Dietetics courses.

    • 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.

  • Note: the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for this program.
  • Submit a personal statement to discuss why you want to become a registered dietitian nutritionist; your experiences that helped you prepare for your career, short-tem and long-term goals; your strengths and weaknesses; your experience with online education; and your potential for graduate study including research interest areas.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your academic/employment performance.

Application Process

Our application and selction process utilize a holistic screening approach where we consider key elements of the whole person in addition to using traditional measures such as academic achievements and GPA.  It is important to us that we accept individuals who will enrich our program's mission to be life-long learners and who will strengthen the dietetics profession by engaging in leadership activities and roles.

Step 1: Apply to DICAS - the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service

  • DICAS opens December 1, 2020.
  • The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 pm on February 14, 2021.
  • The fee to use DICAS is $55.
  • A Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics is required.
  • The personal statement should include research interest areas for the capstone, potential in graduate program and experience with online learning, and the following questions 1) Describe an influential person or experience that had a posititve impact on you and why. 2) What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvements? 3) If you had more free time in your day, what would you do to fill the hours? 4) Please describe how you envision yourself as a leader within the Nutrition and Dietetics profession.  (these 4 questions are in place of the traditiona DICAS questions)
  • Letters of recommendation should be from three individuals familiar with your academic/employment performance.  Two faculty members and one employer/volunteer coordinator are recommended. 
  • You will not be including any information regarding rotation schedules or preceptors in your DICAS application.  If admitted to the program, information and instructions for rotation schedule development will be provided during the spring semester of your 1st academic year.              
  • If you have technical concerns with your application, please contact DICAS.

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 $55.

Step 3: Mail a non-refundable $50 Application Screening Fee

  • Make check payable to the University of Northern Colorado (cash will not be accepted).
  • The application screening fee must be received by February 14, 2021.
  • Send your application fee to:

University of Northern Colorado
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Attn: Dr. Nicole Withrow- DI or MSDI
Gunter 2280, Campus Box 93
Greeley, CO  80639

  • 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 MS 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.                                 

Step 4: Apply to UNC Graduate School after Internship Match

Once matched into the UNC MS Dietetics with Dietetic Internship through D&D Digital, you have 10 business days (by 5 p.m. MT) to apply to the UNC Graduate School and submit required documents.

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 5: 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 Graduate School and International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed.

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:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 135
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639

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

The Graduate School and International 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 Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School 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 therequirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

Please note: Graduate courses to be considered for transfer and those taken at UNC must be taken within five calendar years of graduating from the MS in Dietetics with Dietetic Internship program.

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, please email the Graduate School or call 970-351-2831.