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Do you want to be  a registered dietitian nutritionist and work in community nutrition?

Do you want to complete your dietetic internship and a graduate degree at the same time? 

Are you passionate about sustainability? 

Do you want to position yourself as an expert at the intersection of sustainable food systems and dietetics practice? 

The University of Vermont Master of Science in Dietetics Program (UVM MSD) might be the program for you! 
During the 2-year graduate coordinated program in dietetics students complete a 30-credit hour graduate degree and a 1200+ hour supervised practice experience (also known as the dietetic internship). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). After successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the registration examination for dietitians.
What’s more, the UVM MSD is among the few programs with a community health and nutrition concentration and a focus on professional practice through a lens of sustainable food systems. Sustainability defines the culture at the University of Vermont, from academic programs to buildings and facilities, and virtually all campus initiatives. 
Not in Vermont? No problem. 

All coursework can be completed online, and the UVM MSD program offers options for completing the supervised practice experience (SPE) in Vermont or other locations across the country  through our university-designed and self-designed SPE options.


Interested in applying?

Sign up to attend one of the following virtual open houses this fall:

Or, watch our last virtual open house, recorded on April 7, 2020 to learn more about the program, how to apply, and hear from a couple of Class of 2020 graduates about their experience in the program.

Contact Us with any questions. 


Program Options

The only difference between the program options is where the supervised practice experience (SPE) will take place. All coursework for the program will be completed online regardless of the location of the SPE.

University-designed SPE

All rotations for the SPE are completed in Vermont and scheduled by the Program Director. Students completing the university-designed SPE are not required to locate or arrange their preceptors or rotations.

To participate in the university-designed SPE option, students must reside within the state of Vermont for the duration of their SPE. There will be up to 6 seats available annually for university-designed SPE students.

Self-designed SPE

Students applying to the self-designed SPE option will be required to locate and schedule their preceptors and rotation sites for their SPE. These rotation sites can be anywhere in the United States, so long as they comply with the criteria outlined in the application materials. Students are encouraged, but note required, to have their entire SPE arranged prior to submitting the program application. In lieu of a complete SPE schedule students can submit a statements outlining their plans for identifying and securing placements. 

Students residing in or close to Vermont may still apply for the self-desiged SPE option but should not expect to complete rotations with preceptors at locations already serving the Vermont-based program. The number of seats in the self-desiged SPE option is variable, with a minimum of 4 seats available per year. Total number of self-desiged SPE seats depends on the number of students accepted into the university-designed SPE program option. The program accepts up to 10 students total per cohort.

Eligibility requirements & prerequisites for application

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics, or successful completion of program prerequisites (pdf). Visit the UVM Continuing and Distance Education page to see which pre-requisite classes are available online through UVM. 
  • An official transcript verifying an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • An official transcript verifying a 2.5 GPA or higher in all required sciences, with no grade less than 2.0 or C.

Please note: the MSD Program does not participate in the DI (DICAS) match. Applications must be submitted to the University directly through the UVM Graduate College.

Additionally, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required.

Prospective students holding a baccalaureate degree or higher, but have not completed the prerequisites required for MSD program application, can apply after completing the program prerequisites (pdf).


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Have questions? Check out the FAQs page. 

For additional information and general inquiries about the program, email us to learn more!