Dietetic Internship/Master of Science in Advanced Dietetics

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website. CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in programs(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The Mount Mary University’s current 9-month Dietetic Internship program will transition to the Dietetic Internship/Master of Science in Dietetics Program beginning in June 2023. The current DICAS application cycle available for Spring 2023 match on February 15th will admit interns to the new DI/MS program.



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Program Mission

Mount Mary University’s dietetics internship/masters of science in advanced dietetics program prepares competent, creative, analytical entry-level dietitians with the agility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and excel as socially-minded, evidence-based practitioners in a variety of settings.

Program Features

  • Eighteen-month program that combines supervised practice with earning the Masters of Science in Advanced Dietetics
  • Individualized placements according to your interests and where you live
  • Classes provide opportunity to collaborate, share experiences, reflect on insights, and network with guest speakers and RDs.
  • On-line synchronous and asynchronous graduate courses expand knowledge and allow application and information during placements.
  • Financial aid and federal student loan deferment is available for eligible graduate students
  • Concentration in disease prevention and health promotion challenges interns to promote health in every practice setting

Program Schedule

  • Full-time graduate program beginning in June
  • Orientation that incorporates supervised practice learning simulations
  • Supervised practice in medical nutrition therapy, food service management, and community Nutrition with opportunities for shadow experiences in areas of interest
  • Courses on focus topic areas in advanced dietetics
  • Research courses provide step-by-step and collaborative guidance on a wide array of possible projects

Download the curriculum overview of the program.

Concentration Highlights

Disease prevention and health promotion activities are incorporated into each rotation and included in orientation and class activities. The types of services vary each year. Examples include:

  • Creating recipes with assistance from local chefs for our website and posts for our Healthy Shelves Facebook page
  • Planning and executing a Farm-to-Table meal for residents at Trinity Woods
  • Screening food pantry clients for diabetes and hypertension and providing nutrition education and referral information


Program Accreditation

The Mount Mary University Dietetics Internship/Masters of Science in Advanced Dietetics program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5500