The University of Vermont Master of Science in Dietetics Program is a 2-year graduate coordinated program in dietetics. Students will complete a 30-credit hour graduate degree and a 1200+ hour supervised practice experience (SPE). It offers both a Vermont-based and distance option. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The program concentration is Community Health and Nutrition, with a focus on professional practice through a lens of sustainable food systems. 

After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the registration examination for dietitians.

Program Options

Vermont-based

All rotations for the supervised practice experience (SPE) are completed in Vermont and scheduled by the Program Director. Students completing the Vermont-based program are not required to locate or arrange their preceptors or rotations.

To participate in the Vermont-based 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 Vermont-based students.

Distance-based

Students applying to the distance-based 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 must have their entire SPE arranged prior to submitting the program application.

Students residing in or close to Vermont may still apply for the distance-based program but should not expect to complete rotations with preceptors at locations already serving the Vermont-based program. The number of seats in the distance-based option is variable, with a minimum of 4 seats available per year. Total number of distance seats depends on the number of students accepted into the Vermont-based program. 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

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.