Admissions

UMass Dietetic Internship Application Requirements:

Admission to the Dietetic Internship is competitive among applicants, and decided by the Internship Selection committee. To enroll in the program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from any U.S. regionally accredited college or university (or a foreign degree, if verified as equivalent), and have completed an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved or accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.

In the personal statement/application letter, students should describe a situation in which they had to complete a project or activity independently, and saw it through to a successful completion. The example does not necessarily have to be nutrition or school related but should represent the applicant's ability to work independently in any setting.

A recent (within the last three years) full-semester course in diet therapy, nutrition in disease, or medical nutrition therapy is also required. You must have earned at least a "B" in the diet therapy course and in Anatomy & Physiology. If you have questions about these requirements, contact the Program Director.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for college work is expected. GPA of nutrition and science courses, difficulty of particular courses taken, and student's course load throughout college is also considered. Work experience, letters of recommendation, and letter of application are all-important components of the evaluation process.

There is a $50 Application fee (check should be payable to CPE UMass) for the Dietetic Internship. This fee is separate from any fee charged by DICAS or D&D Digital Systems (see below). By the application deadline date in February, the check should be mailed to the Director of the Dietetic Internship:

Judy Dowd, MA, RDN, LDN
Department of Nutrition
University of Massachusetts
236 Chenoweth Laboratory
100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9282

To Apply to Track 1 (Traditional Dietetic Internship):

Step 1: Go to the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) website and look for UMass Amherst Concurrent Track to submit your internship application.

Step 2: Go to D&D Digital to prioritize your application for matching. There will be an approximate fee of $50 for computer matching that is due with the applicant's prioritized ranking.

To Apply to Track 2 (Concurrent DI/Online MPH in Nutrition):

In addition to submitting to DICAS and D&D Digital, a completed formal, online application to the Online MPH in Nutrition Program is required. You may use the same personal statement and letters of recommendation if you wish.

  • Application fee ($75.00)
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript for each previously attended educational institution, including UMass Amherst if you have taken non-degree courses.
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • GRE Requirement:
  1. The GRE is waived for those students who have a master's or doctoral level degree and foreign medical doctors who have ECFMG certification. 
  2. Those with a Pharm.D. receive a waiver only if the degree was preceded by the completion of a Bachelor's degree.
  3. To find a testing center or schedule the exam, please visit the GRE Website.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable).

To Apply:
Step 1: Go to the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) website and look for UMass AMherst Concurrent Track to submit your internship application.

Step 2: Go to D&D Digital to prioritize your application for matching.

Step 3: Submit your application to the Online MPH in Nutrition program by proceeding to the UMass Amherst Graduate School Application website. There are other MPH programs at UMass, so be sure that you choose the Online MPH in Nutrition. If you have additional questions about applying to the Online MPH in Nutrition, please contact us.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst uses the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) online internship application. Please visit their website for more information on the application procedures and deadlines.

NOTE: Track 2 Applicants must apply to both the Dietetic Internship (DI) and to the online MPH in Nutrition program. Applicants should request instructions and a mark/sense card to prioritize their Dietetic Internship from any Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved or accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics or from D&D Digital.