This nine-month program is a supervised practice.
As a participant in the program, you'll have the flexibility to establish your experience anywhere in the U.S. with the approval of the program director. You'll also develop a personal leadership project to manage that can include National Nutrition Month activities in local school districts, community gardens, or other community engagement opportunities.
Our program offers periodic, merit-based tuition waivers and a low intern to preceptor ratio of 1:1.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
- Completion of at least a Bachelor's degree
- Completion of a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) with a DPD verification statement.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for all International students is required
- Completion of a minimum of 150 hours of paid or volunteer work experience in food service and/or nutrition care is preferred
The GRE is not required.
Distance Internship Requirements
Once accepted, students need to meet the following requirements:
- Technical competence and skills to participate in an online program
- Access to a computer with reliable internet access
- Have a secured rotation site by the appropriate deadline:
- Fall rotations need to be secured by June 1
- Spring rotations need to be secured by October 1
The Distance Internship uses the online centralized internship application, DICAS. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 PM Central Time on February 15.
Applicants must also register online for computer matching with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Matching service, D & D Digital. This service is necessary for you to rank your dietetic internship preferences.
Further information about computer matching applicant responsibilities can be found on the ACEND website.
Only those students matched to the ISU Dietetic Internships in April will at that time apply to Graduate School .
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.