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Option in Dietetics Practice

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, option in Dietetics Practice, is designed for those who desire to complete an accelerated, accredited Dietetic Internship program while earning an accelerated master’s degree in preparation for a career in a clinical, community or food service management practice. Students gain a fundamental understanding of evidence-based recommendations used in dietetics and nutritional sciences and experience translating evidence into practice. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Registration Exam for Dietitians. This Dietetic Internship program is fully accredited through 2028.


All students in this 32-hour program take core classes in advanced medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and behavior change, nutrition research approaches, public health nutrition and food policy and contemporary issues in nutrition and dietetics. Students also work with an advisor to design an individualized program to fit their interests. 


Course Information

Our Faculty

All graduate faculty possess a PhD and/or Registered Dietitian credentials and integrate personal experiences and research into the curriculum, including the role of micronutrients in cancer, diet effects on the microbiome, metabolic risk indicators, nutrition and fitness for military and first-responders and obesity prevention programs and policy. Many faculty also serve with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension.


Meet our Faculty



OSU students applying for pre-selection to the program must do so no later than December 1. Students applying through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) have a deadline of February 15.


To apply to the Nutritional Sciences, option in Dietetics Practice, MS program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application 
  • Submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita and
  • Names of three professional references who will be contacted to write letters of recommendation
  • Personal goals statement (1-2 pages)
  • GRE scores are recommended, but not required. 
  • If English is a second language, applicants must submit results for TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Graduate admissions requirements

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

Because this is a challenging, accelerated program, the department does not encourage students to seek or accept assistantships.


Assistantships and support


Financing graduate school 


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