Admissions deadlines:

  • Applications open December 1st
  • Applications due by February 1st by 11:59 pm EST,
  • Acceptance notification, April 3rd
  • Second round opens April 4th, any open seats will be available for a rolling admissions through April 20th.


Application requirements:

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

The following materials are required with your Graduate College online application:

  • Electronic Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application Fee: $65.00 for Master program
  • Email addresses for three people who will provide letters of recommendation.  This information is submitted within the application and letters are sent from the recommender directly to us through the application portal.
  • One transcript from each institution you have attended, including the one you currently attend.  Unofficial transcripts uploaded by you are sufficient for the review process for most programs. Official transcripts are only required if you are admitted.  Please have official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s) to:
  • Residential Status Questionnaire (for in-state tuition purposes)
  • Test scores for English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English.

MSD specific materials and requirements to be included with your on-lin application:

  • Statement of Purpose: should be limited to one page. Please address the following questions in your statement:
    • Explain why you are applying to this program, including why you are drawn to our program mission and goals and our fully online delivery modality.
    • Describe why you would like to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
    • Finally, describe how your previous employment, internships or volunteer experience strengthen your commitment to this degree.
  • Resume:
    • Upload a PDF of your current resume to include your employment, internship and volunteer experience and their corresponding dates
  • Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent Form, with original signatures:
    • These should be obtained from your Didactic Program Director. Send a filled-out PDF or a scan of the form to Emily Barbour by midnight on February 15th.
    • Individuals with a prior bachelor's degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement.
    • Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor's degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to the application deadline.
    • For students applying without verification statement, please complete and submit the following Pre-requisites Checklist form. We recommend that you use the UVM Transfer Credit Guide and the Nutrition and Food Sciences catalogue descriptions to confirm course equivalents.
  • Safe food handling certification:
    • Include a copy of your Servsafe certificate. Student Interns are expected to be certified in safe food handling (ServSafe for managers or comparable) at the start of the internship rotations.  Individuals who are not yet certified, briefly describe your plan to complete and be certified by November 15th of your first semester in the program, include details on the course you will be taking.
  • Additional materials students who would like to be considered for the self-designed supervised practice experience (SPE) option:
    • Students applying to the self-designed supervised practice experience (SPE) option may apply to the program without having confirmed all of their SPE preceptors and rotation sites.
    • Students applying to this option, who have not confirmed all of their placements, will be offered conditional acceptance into the program and will need to prepare and submit a statement with their application demonstrating their plan for securing placements.
    • Plan for securing SPE placements:
      • List all confirmed SPE preceptors and rotations sites or outline your plan for identifying and securing placements (up to 500 words), including potential preceptors and rotation sites, for the required rotations. 
  • MSD scholarship award:
    • The MSD program has a one-time scholarship available for a first -year, accepted applicant. If you would like to be considered this scholarship award, please submit a separate document, 300-500 words with your online application, describing your commitment to the Academy’s goals for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access and the UVM Our Common Grounds

We will evaluate applications in this order:

  1. Meets minimum qualification (Earns bachelor’s degree by start of program, 3.0 or higher GPA, Verification statement/completed prerequisites, Graduate College minimum TOFL score for non-English speakers)
  2. Personal statement – writing quality, engagement, ability to follow instructions, and fit with our program.
  3. 3.0 GPA or higher – special consideration will be given to nutrition courses and pattern of success in upper-level courses.
  4. Resume – special consideration for dietetic related experiences and length of employment and/or repeat employment. 
  5. Letter of Recommendation