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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (internship option)


Program Overview

Applicants to the MS in Nutrition & Dietetics Dietetic Internship option are persons with a baccalaureate degree in nutrition from a U.S. regionally accredited institution and ACEND accredited program who want to complete their ACEND accredited 1200 hour supervised practice experience in coordination with related graduate coursework. This Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetic Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) option enables graduates from ACEND accredited didactic programs in dietetics to fulfill the requirement for pre-professional practice experience and become eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination, while simultaneously completing a master's degree in nutrition. Some courses will be offered online and others in a hybrid format.

Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the master's degree and internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the National Registration Examination. 


The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

(ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association

(formerly known as the American Dietetic Association)

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400

Concentrations Offered

• Dietetic Internship


Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 1

The MS/Dietetic Internship Nutrition program admits for the fall term only.

Admission Requirements

University requirements:
  • A baccalaureate degree in nutrition from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • A baccalaureate degree in nutrition from an ACEND accredited U.S. institution 

  • GRE scores (Institutional Code: 5490):
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: combined score of 1000
    • After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative

  • Three reference letters - Click here for instructions on how to use the online reference system 

  • Personal statement - Click here for instructions on how to submit your letter of intent 

  • The Internship component requires a separate application through DICAS and students must participate in the D & D Computer Matching process for internship admission. You may receive information about the D&D Computer Matching process from the BSH/DPD Nutrition Program Director or D & D Digital Systems at:
Suite 301, 304 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 292-0490
Fax: (515) 663-9427

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Curriculum and Requirements

Program Policies

Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

16 months

Approximate Enrollment


Community Connections

The Nutrition program has one of the strongest community internship programs at UNF, with rotation sites at Shands Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center, St. Vincent 's Hospital, Flagler Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, Duval County Public Health Department WIC Sites, Medical Nutrition Therapy of Florida, Inc., Jacksonville Children's Commission, AHEC, Jacksonville Senior Services, UNF Child Development Research Center, High Intensity Training Center, Shands Diabetes Center, Baptist Pediatrics, River Garden Hebrew Home, Nemours Children's Hospital, and Wekiva Springs
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts

(904) 620-1429

Building 39 , Room 3048