Preselection Admission Option

Purpose:

The purpose of the preselect dietetic internship admission option is to offer qualified Missouri State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) students the opportunity to apply for admission into Missouri State University’s Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program (DI). 

Students apply during their senior year and will be granted direct admission into the program upon final acceptance and successful completion of the DPD program and Bachelor of Science program requirements. Students applying to the preselect admission option will commit to attending the Missouri State University Dietetic Internship the year following undergraduate completion and bypass the online centralized application (DICAS) and dietetic internship computer matching process.

Preselect Admission Requirements:
Students currently enrolled at Missouri State University who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Preselect Admission Option during their senior year.

  • Minimum of a 3.4 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Grade of B or better in BMS 438, BMS 532, BMS 536
  • Grade of C or better in all BMS and CHM courses
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required taken no earlier than five years prior to application with preferred minimum scores of Verbal 150, Quantitative 141 and Writing 4.0
  • Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper- based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL website is http://www.toefl.org

 Preselect Application Process:

  1. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Dietetic Internship Director to review their admission requirements and discuss the application process.
  2. Interested, qualified applicants will be provided the Missouri State University Dietetic Internship Preselect Application by the Dietetic Internship Director.  This application is due the fall semester of the applicant’s senior year no later than 5PM CST on the last day of fall semester classes, which always falls on a Thursday, for preadmission into the dietetic internship class for the following year.
  3. Applicant must submit a completed application and the following in their application packet.
    1. Evidence of meeting the minimum academic requirements from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics by a "Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree.”
    2. Personal philosophy statement that addresses the applicant’s strengths, areas of improvement, and professional career goals and how the DI will aid in accomplishing those goals.
    3. Three recommendation letters with one being a dietetic academic reference, another from a work or volunteer reference, with final reference being the applicant’s choice.
      1. Please submit each reference letter in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person submitting the reference on the envelope closure.
    4. Resume which includes work and volunteer experience and involvement in college and/or community activities.
    5. Applications are to be hand delivered or mailed to the following address:  Hillary Roberts and DI Selection Committee, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Ave., Prof 408, Springfield, MO 65897
    6. The completed application packet must be submitted or postmarked to the Dietetic Internship Director no later than 5PM CST on the last day of fall semester classes, which always falls on a Thursday, for preadmission into the Dietetic Internship class for the following year.

 Preselect Selection Process:

  1. Applications will be reviewed by the DI Selection Committee upon receipt of fall semester grades and calculation of the final cumulative GPA. 
  2. Qualified applicants will have an on-campus interview.
  3. Applicants will receive notification via email from the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection into the Preselect Dietetic Internship Admission Option by January 28th each academic year. 
  4. Selection criterion will include academic performance, faculty recommendations, participation in professional or community organizations, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, on-campus interview and the selection committee’s assessment of the individual’s ability to successfully complete the Missouri State University DI.  Meeting minimum requirements for the Preselect DI Admission Option does not guarantee acceptance into the DI Program.
  5. The total number of preselect positions is four annually.
  6. Students are accepted into the Missouri State University DI for the year immediately following completion of their undergraduate requirements.
  7. Once students accept an intern position in Missouri State University’s DI their name is submitted to D&D Digital and that student is ineligible to participate in computer matching.
  8. Admittance in Missouri State University’s DI is contingent on the student maintaining a grade of C or better in BMS and CHM courses.

 Preselect Applicant Notification:

  1. Applicants will receive notification via email from the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection into the Preselect Dietetic Internship Admission Option by January 28th each academic year. 
  2. Written confirmation via email to the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection of the internship position is required by January 30th of the academic year.
  3. Students admitted into the DI program must pay a placeholder fee of $500.00 known as the confirmation deposit.
  4. Students admitted into the DI program will complete the Graduate College Application for Admission and be enrolled in the graduate college.  In order to be enrolled in the graduate college students will submit the online application along with a $35 application fee.
  5. Official GRE scores need to be submitted to Missouri State University after acceptance into the program if this has not be completed already.
  6. Additional program requirements can be found here.