Combined MS/DI Application



The Combined Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetic Internship Program uses the online centralized internship application, DICAS

DICAS will be available December 2015 for the Spring 2016 match. The program plans to accept 8-12 students to start in the summer of 2015. This number is subject to change. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2016. 

Applicants must create an account with DICAS. The application includes, but is not limited to, the following components:

  • DICAS application
  • Official transcripts
  • Three references (at least one from a DPD faculty member)
  • Personal statement, including a research statement
  • Work sample

Applicants must also complete our program-specific supplemental application. Please review the sections below for more information on the personal statement, research statement, supplemental application, and application fee.

Personal Statement

The personal statement will be submitted by the applicant through DICAS. This statement should encompass all questions from both the "Personal" and "Research" categories below. Limit 3 pages.

  • Why do you want to enter the nutrition and dietetics profession?
  • What specific experiences have helped to prepare you for a career in nutrition and dietetics?
  • What are your short-term and long-term professional goals?
  • What makes the OHSU MS/DI Program an appealing fit for you and your professional interests?
  • What areas of nutrition research interest you?
  • What research experience have you had?
  • Why are you applying to pursue a Masters Degree?
  • Do you have any scientific publications and/or experience with scientific presentations?

Work Sample

Applicants must provide one work sample along with the DICAS application. The work sample must be uploaded to DICAS as a PDF. Applicants should choose a work sample that demonstrates his or her ability to communicate effectively and professionally via the written word and visual representation. The sample should also have an evidenced-based research focus. The work sample must have been completed in an upper level course within the applicant's Didactic Program in Dietetics and meet the following criteria:

  • Be the applicant's own work, not the result of a group effort
  • Include both text and at least one graphic, such as a figure, table, picture, etc.
  • Maximum of ten pages


Supplemental Application and Application Fee

Applicants must complete a Combined MS/DI Supplemental Application form to be submitted with the application fee of $70. Checks should be made payable to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. Applications will not be considered if the supplemental application and/or application fee are late. The supplemental application and application fee should be sent to the following address, and must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2016.

Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition
Mail Code: GH207
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239-3098  
Note: Applicants applying to both the Dietetic Internship Program and Combined MS/DI should submit only one application fee in the amount of $50.00.


Graduate Record Exam

Applicants who apply to the combined MS/DI must take the graduate record exam (GRE). An official report of the scores must be sent by ETS to OHSU. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153 (500 old scale), 148 (600 old scale) and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered acceptable for admission. Applicants with scores below those levels may still be considered dependent upon other application strengths; however those will require special review by the admissions committee. The institution code for OHSU is 4865 (Department code can be 0601, 0628, or 0699).


Computer Matching

Applicants to the combined MS/DI must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital, and should carefully review their responsibilities related to computer matching at ACEND's applicant responsibilities web page. When completing the DICAS application, applicants must provide a phone number and email address where they can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day.

On Appointment Day, matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship Director by phone or email to confirm acceptance of the match. The Interim Dietetic Internship Director, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD, can be reached at (503) 494-0168 or . The Dietetic Internship Director will reply to phone and email messages to acknowledge the program's receipt of the acceptance.



Applicants may receive a request for a brief telephone interview with the Master's Program Director; however, an applicant who is not contacted for a telephone interview should not assume that he/she has been dismissed from consideration by the program.


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