Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) program has two admission paths. Both paths have competitive admission.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Apply to this program through a central application called GradCAS.

Non-Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

You must first apply to the dietetic internship (DI) graduate certificate program. Once enrolled, you can choose to switch to the MSND program. The MSND program director assists you in this process.


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND), a prospective student must be admitted to Missouri State’s Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program (DI) or provide a copy of their Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist (RDN) identification card issued by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Final admission decisions will be based on a complete application form in GradCAS which includes the application fee per the MSU Graduate College policy. A complete application for RDN applications requires the following:

  1. Provide copy of Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist (RDN) identification card issued by the Commission on Dietetic Reistration (CDR).
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an ACEND accredited college or university.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 over the last 60 hours of academic work taken.
  4. A personal philosophy statement, two pages maximum, addressing the applicant's professional career goals and how the program will help accomplish these goals, in addition to discussing the applicant's strengths and areas of improvement.
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a score of 79 or higher on the internet-based within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL website is www.ets.org/toefl.
  6. Two written recommendations.
    1. Academic reference
    2. Work or volunteer reference
  7. Resume which includes paid and volunteered work experience in dietetics.
Requirements for Non-Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

If you are not a RDN, you must first apply to the dietetics internship (DI) graduate certificate program using the online centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Process (DICAS).  Once enrolled, you can choose to switch your degree program to the MSND program.  Admission requirements for the DI graduate certificate program can be found on the DI website Admission Requirements.

Full admission to the MSND program is competitive; not all that apply will be admitted. Students who are not admitted into the program may apply for the next application deadline.