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Eligibility & Requirements

To enter the dual dietetic internship and master's degree program in dietetics and nutrition at KU, you will need to meet the following admission requirements.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are no longer required for application, are not entered during the application process, and are not considered in the admission process.

College Degree

A bachelor’s degree from a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required for admission. The degree must be from a regionally accredited U.S. university or college.

The University of Kansas does not offer an accredited DPD. View a list of accredited programs at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency. For guidelines, see the information for international students provided by ACEND.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Starting with the Spring 2023 match (for fall 2023 enrollment), students must complete the dual master's degree/dietetic internship program to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become an RDN. If a student already has a master’s degree, they may apply for the dietetic internship certificate program to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about this requirement visit the CDR website.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dual master's degree/dietetic internship program at the University of Kansas Medical Center are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RD.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

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Grade Point Average

A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college coursework is required for admission.


Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.


Background Check

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check and submit the report to KU. You pay this one-time fee directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.


International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international applicants before applying.


The Selection Process

When selecting individuals for admission to the program, we consider the following criteria, listed in order starting with most important.

  • Academic performance.
  • Work and volunteer experience.
  • Leadership and undergraduate research.
  • Honors, scholarships and awards.
  • Personal statement: must respond to four applicant questions; are required as part of DICAS application; personal statement. See how to apply page for more information.
  • Virtual interview.
  • Recommendation letters.

Questions, advising and campus visit opportunities.

We're here to answer questions and provide assistance as you prepare for an exciting career in dietetics and nutrition. For more information on KU's dietetic internship graduate certificate program or our dual master's degree/dietetic internship program, please see answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
 
High school students and college students in their early years of study may contact Alex Lopez, our school's outreach and recruitment specialist, with questions at alopez12@kumc.edu or 913-588-1743 (711 TTY).
 
If you're close to applying to KU, please contact Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., program director, at jgoetz@kumc.edu or 913-588-1449 (711 TTY).
School of Health Professions

Dietetics and Nutrition
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5355 • 711 TTY