Combined Nutrition, M.S. (Online) & Dietetic Internship Certificate

Enhance your knowledge in Nutrition & Dietetics with convenient online learning

Gain practical experience while you prepare to become a registered dietitian.

The combined MS/DI provides in-depth knowledge and skills in areas required to meet current health and wellness needs while allowing the students to enroll in the Masters in Nutrition program and Dietetic Internship simultaneously.

This program is open to students with a Bachelor’s from an accredited university who meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and have already been accepted into the USJ dietetic internship program. Accepted dietetic interns are given the option to simultaneously complete our online M.S. in Nutrition during the dietetic internship.

This would entail starting coursework the summer before your internship starts, taking one or two courses during the fall and spring semester of your internship and completing the degree during the next summer. Earning the dietetic internship verification does not require that you enroll in any classes. The M.S. would be done alongside the dietetic internship. An intern would earn the verification in May as long as all aspects of the internship were successfully fulfilled.

Students who are matched to the USJ dietetic internship automatically meet the requirements for admission to the USJ Masters in Nutrition and receive an acceptance letter. At this point, you have the option to complete the internship and not take M.S. courses or choose the new combined option and complete the dietetic internship and the M.S. together.

If you wish to do the combined MS/DI option, as soon as you hear you are matched to the USJ Dietetic Internship you will need to fill out a separate online graduate application form to confirm with the graduate school this is the chosen option. Classes for this option begin in May.

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Program Facts

Combined Nutrition, M.S. (Online) & Dietetic Internship Certificate

Program Outcomes

  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate and interpret information in order to determine relevance for professional practice
  • Become an effective professional leader in a variety of nutrition-related settings by demonstrating life-long learning and continuous professional development


USJ’s combined program offers students the flexibility to complete courses online with a one-year, on-campus dietetic internship program for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.

Using their focus on preventative nutrition, education, and wellness, graduates serve the community at a wide range of organizations, including hospitals, extended care facilities, women, infants, and children (WIC), supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP).

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    Melissa Brown, Ph.D., RDCSSD, LD
    Interim Department Chair Nutrition and Public Health and Graduate Program Director
    Phone: 860.231.5262
    Email: [email protected]

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