MSDI Admissions and Applications

Notification of Program Change

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. To meet these requirements, the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at OHSU is in the process of making significant changes to the MS in Human Nutrition/Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate (MSDI) Program. We anticipate more information to be available by the end of year. Please continue to visit our website for the most up to date application and program information.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Original verification statement or declaration of intent from the Director of an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) documenting completion of ACEND-accredited academic coursework. To find a DPD program in your area, please use this tool provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • A cumulative grade-point average of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A-4 points, B-3 points, C-2 points, D-1 point, F-0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems
  • Compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
  • GPHN does NOT offer conditional acceptance

Background checks

Prospective students are not required to disclose criminal convictions prior to receiving an offer of admission. Following a conditional admission offer, prospective students will undergo a pre-matriculation background check pursuant to policy and procedures available on the OHSU Public Safety website.  However, OHSU is a university of health professions, and it is possible that professional and occupational licensure requirements may prohibit individuals with criminal convictions from ultimately obtaining a professional license. Licensure requirements vary by state and prospective students are encouraged to consult their state licensing agency for more information.

If a prospective student is denied admission due to a criminal conviction, they may appeal the final admissions decision to the Office of the Provost at provost@ohsu.edu.

If the signed DPD Verification Statement is dated five years or more from the starting date of the internship program, then the applicant must have completed, with a  grade of "B" or better and within the past three years, a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework including  the following two required courses:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy or equivalent (300-level or above)
  • Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent (300-level or above)

If these courses have already been completed, then an official transcript must be uploaded to DICAS as part of the application process. If these courses are in progress at the time of application, then the applicant must submit a letter to the program stating the following:

  • Course name and number
  • College or university where the courses are being completed
  • Number of credit hours per course
  • Name of course instructors
  • Date when courses will be completed 

Complete ACEND-accredited academic coursework in a Didactic Program in Dietetics and a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a US regionally-accredited college or university or foreign equivalent.

  • Obtain an original verification statement or declaration of intent from the Director of the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics documenting completion of these requirements. To find a DPD program, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • An English-language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, is required for all International Students who do not speak English as a native language and do not have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a US institution. In general, the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition requires TOEFL scores of 600 paper-based, 250 computer based, and 100 Internet-based, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • The GRE is no longer required for entrance into our programs. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like to share your scores, the institutional code for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is 4865.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A-4 points, B-3 points, C-2 points, D-1 point, F-0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems.

GPHN does NOT offer conditional acceptance. All of the above requirements must be met prior to admission. For more information on obtaining a verification statement with an international degree, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Website

DICAS

Applications to the combined Master of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetic Internship (MSDI) program at OHSU must be completed through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). DICAS will be available December 2022 for the Spring 2023 match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2023. More detailed application information is coming soon. Applicant

    GRE

    While the program no longer requires the GRE for admission, applicants are welcome to submit their scores to OHSU (Institutional Code: 4865). 

    Interviews

    Applicants may receive a request for an additional survey and brief virtual interview with faculty from the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition; however, an applicant who is not contacted for an interview should not assume that he/she has been dismissed from consideration by the program.

    Computer matching

    Applicants must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital, and should carefully review their responsibilities related to computer matching at ACEND's applicant responsibilities webpage. When completing the DICAS application, applicants must provide a phone number and e-mail 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 e-mail to confirm acceptance of the match. The Dietetic Internship Director, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD, can be reached at (503) 494-0168 or stadlerd@ohsu.edu. The Dietetic Internship Director will reply to phone and e-mail messages to acknowledge the program's receipt of the acceptance by the end of Appointment Day.

    To learn more about the computer matching process, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Computer Matching Policy and Procedures webpage at D&D Digital.

    Program Codes

    • OHSU MSDI –Thesis option: 129
    • OHSU MSDI –Non-thesis (capstone) option: 803

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