Apply to this Program

Students who wish to apply to the Dietetic Internship Certificate Program must adhere to the following application processes:

1. Submit DICAS application

The Missouri State Dietetic Internship is using the online centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Process (DICAS).

  1. Submit application to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2020.
  2. Mail a copy of official transcripts from each college and university attended to the following address:
         DICAS Transcript Department
         PO Box 9118
         Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
  3. DICAS application fee: $45 for the first application and $20 for each additional application, payable to DICAS.
  4. Applications become property of Missouri State University.  No application materials will be returned.

Missouri State specific criterion:

  • Personal Philosophy Statement
    • Addresses applicant’s professional career goals and how the DI program will help accomplish these goals, in addition to discussing the applicant's strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Recommendation Letters: Three recommendation letters received with one being a dietetic academic reference, another from a work or volunteer reference, with final reference being the applicant’s choice.
  • Resume:
    • Work and volunteer experience; note the amount of time (how many months or years) you completed paid work and how many hours you provided volunteer work.
    • Include involvement in college and/or community activities
  • GRE Scores:
    • Official GRE scores need to be submitted to the DI program director. This should be done after acceptance into the program.

2.  Register online with D & D Digital Computer Matching

  1. Register at D&D Digital by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2020.
  2. Select Dietetic Internship priority rankings by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 30, 2020. 
  3. D&D Digital registration fee: $55, payable to D&D Digital.

3.  Selection considerations

  • For selection considerations and interview information, please see the Admission Requirements section of the Missouri State Dietetic Internship website.

4.  Acceptance

  • Applicant notification day is April 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Central Time.
  • Applicants who receive a match to the Missouri State University Dietetic Internship must email the program director to accept or decline the match on or before 6:00 p.m. Central Time on April 6, 2020. This letter of acceptance or rejection email should be made to Hillary Roberts, MS, RDN, LD, Program Director, Missouri State University at

5.  Second Round Match

  • If Missouri State University Dietetic Internship has open spots after first round matching, second round matching will begin at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, April 9, 2020.
  • Applications will be accepted from 11:00 a.m. on April 9 through 12:00 p.m. Central Time, April 13, 2020.
    • Submit application to DICAS.
    • Beginning April 13 and continuing until all spots are filled, the selection committee will review applications, select applicants for a telephone interview and conduct these interviews.
    • Applicants who are selected will be invited into the program after their telephone interview until the spots are filled.

6.  Apply to the Graduate College

  • After accepting the match to the Dietetic Internship, students will be admitted to Missouri State's Graduate College.
  • The $55.00 MSU Graduate College application fee will be waived.

7.  Pay Confirmation Deposit

  • Once students are admitted into the Dietetic Internship, have been accepted into the Graduate College, and receive their BearPass log-in they then must pay a placeholder fee of $500.00 known as the confirmation deposit. Please follow the link below to the McQueary College of Health and Human Services Confirmation Deposit site.
  • The deadline to pay this fee is 6 weeks after the spring match Appointment Day occurring in April of each year. 

Selection considerations

All applications are initially screened by the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application

    • This requires a completed application through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS).
  • Grade point average

    • Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 over the last 60 hours of academic work.
  • GRE scores

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required taken no earlier than five years prior to application.  Minimum scores are not required as application is considered in full.
    • Official GRE scores need to be submitted to the Program Director. This is to be done after acceptance into the program.
  • Work and/or volunteer experience described in resume

    • Applicants should have nutrition/dietetic/research-related work and/or volunteer experience.

Applications meeting these criteria are reviewed by the Program Director and Application Review Committee, scored according to standardized criteria, and ranked by these preliminary scores. Top applicants are then contacted for personal or phone interviews.  The interviews are an opportunity for applicants to share additional information about their qualifications, demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking skills, and learn more about the MSU Dietetic Internship as needed.

After thorough discussions of competitive applicants, the Application Review Committee ranks applicants for the matching process.

Concentration areas

There are two areas of concentration in the certificate program, rural health or public affairs. You will choose only one concentration area after being admitted into the program. Throughout the first semester of the program you will submit three project proposals, providing rationale for the concentration area you wish to pursue. You will meet with the program director throughout this process to discuss and design your unique practicum that meets your interests. You are primarily responsible for designing this practicum.