M.S. + Dietetic Internship

All you need to become a registered dietitian

Indiana University’s Master of Science plus Dietetic Internship (M.S.+D.I.) leverages the power of an IU degree backed by 100-plus years of dietetic internship training and more than 50 years of graduate education.

Our program prepares you to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). You’ll graduate equipped to make a difference in people’s lives and become a leader in the nutrition and dietetic profession.

Studying full time in Indianapolis for two years puts you in the heart of the state’s leading health and medical care facilities. You’ll benefit from:

  • Strong preparation in medical nutrition therapy, food systems, foodservice, and management
  • Supervised practice experiences in a wide variety of dietetic practice areas
  • Tertiary care, medical nutrition therapy practice for adults and pediatrics
  • Self-selected four-week capstone experience
  • Earning a master's degree, qualifying you to take the registration exam

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics + Dietetic Internship (M.S. + D.I) at the IU School of Health & Human Sciences is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

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A dietetic internship takes your level of practice and potential to the next level. You can think of it as an internship, where you work in the industry gaining experience before you graduate. However, dietetic internships are only for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and strive to meet all the registered dietitian (RD) standards. You will participate in required 1,200 hours of supervised practice while simultaneously earning your master’s degree. This combined program will enable you to sit for the RD exam and also give you a master’s degree at the same time.

Dietetic interns apply through a national matching program, which you can learn about on our M.S.+D.I. admissions page. You don’t apply directly to IU until you are matched through DICAS. Essentially, you apply to multiple programs through the DICAS portal. Once you match with IU Indianapolis, you will be sent instructions to apply to our school (having been matched through DICAS, you will be admitted) and begin the program.

Marie Mukarugwiro

My favorite thing about the IU Indianapolis program is that the professors have been very supportive and flexible which has made my journey of pursing my degree satisfying.

Marie Mukarugwiro, master’s student

98.5%of graduates who seek employment are employed in nutrition-and-dietetics-related fields within 12 months of graduation

90.3%national credentialing exam pass rate for DI–MS students

91% The program’s one-year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for for registered dietitian nutritionists