Master of Science in Dietetics

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Program Description

This 17 month non-thesis degree is an accredited, advanced degree dietetic internship program with a concentration in Community Research and Wellness designed for students who want to complete their ACEND accredited 1200 hour supervised practice experience concurrently with related graduate coursework. The M.S./DI program requires 36 graduate hours including 9 hours of internship practicum and 12 hours of electives. Graduates of this program become eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Students must pass a written comprehensive exam at the end of the program in order to obtain a M.S. degree. Students must be enrolled in the University during the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered.

The SHSU M.S./DI program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6955, (312) 899-0040.


Dietetic Internship application deadline is February 15:

  1. Submission of the online centralized internship application (DICAS)
  2. Register with D&D Digital for computer matching
  3. SHSU DI Application Fee

Only students matched to the DI program will complete the M.S. in Dietetics application.

The following documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from baccalaureate degree granting institution, including the transcript that shows the date the undergraduate degree was conferred
  4. Official GRE scores

Students should have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or GPA of 3.0 or higher within the last 60 hours. A holistic review of each student’s application will be completed on a competitive basis.

The DPD verification statement from an ACEND accredited program with original signature must be submitted to the DI Director prior to the start date of the program. 

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Dietetics
Specified Courses
FACS 5079Lab & Fld Exp In Fam & Con Sci 19
SOCI 5314Social Statistics3
FACS 5330Seminr Fam & Consumer Sci Rsch3
FACS 5367Consumer & Food Technology3
FACS 5375Seminar in Recent Developments in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FACS 5383Research Problems3
Secondary Field
Select four graduate courses from an approved field approved by the Graduate Advisor12
Total Hours36

FACS 5079 is taken three times for a total of nine hours.


All courses require Graduate Standing and admittance in MS in Dietetics program.