MSDI & DI Application
MSDI & DI Application
Applications to the combined Master of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetic Internship (MSDI) program and Dietetic Internship (DI) program at OHSU must be completed through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS).
DICAS will be available December 2018 for the Spring 2019 match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2019.
Applicants must create an account with DICAS and complete all application components within the online application including:
- All sections of the DICAS application
- Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
- Three references (at least one from a DPD faculty member)
- Personal statement
- Additional essay questions
- Current resume
Applicants must select at the time of their DICAS submission to apply to the DI in Portland, Medford or Bend, or any combination of these options. The DI in Portland, Medford and Bend have their own program designation codes in DICAS. Please note that although a student may apply to the DI in Portland only, students may be placed in the Portland area, Medford or Bend. Applicants applying to the MSDI must select at the time of their DICAS submission to apply to the thesis or non-thesis (capstone) option, or both. The thesis and non-thesis (capstone) options have their own program designation codes in DICAS.Please review the sections below for more information on each component of the application.
Personal StatementApplicants should address the following questions in the personal statement submitted through DICAS (limit 1,000 words).
- 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?
- As you've read on our website, our program has a concentration in community outreach, yet a clinical focus. Describe how the focus of our program will meet your career goals and interests.
Essay QuestionsApplicants must submit responses to two of the five following essay questions. Please limit responses to 350 words for each question. Responses must be uploaded to DICAS as a supplemental PDF.
- Many of our students share that the internship is one of the best, yet most challenging years of their lives. Tell us how you plan to be successful in this fast-paced, challenging environment.
- What community or client population do you hope to serve and how have your previous experiences prepared you for this role?
- Discuss an experience in your life that demonstrates your resilience.
- Describe a time when you disagreed with an evaluation or feedback you received about your performance. How did you handle the situation? What impact did it have on you? What did you learn?
- Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and nutrition and dietetics. Please visit the website for OHSU's Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.
Additional Essay Question for MSDI Applicants
MSDI applicants must also include a response to the following question:
- Discuss why you
are applying to pursue a Master's Degree. What relevant experiences have you
had that will contribute to your success in graduate school? Describe one or
two particular areas of interest where you would hope to focus your thesis
research or capstone project.
While the program no longer requires the GRE for admission, applicants are welcome to submit their scores to OHSU (Institutional Code: 4865).
OHSU Supplemental Application and Application FeeApplicants must complete an OHSU Supplemental Application to be submitted with the application fee of $70. The supplemental application and application fee must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 15, 2019. Applications will not be considered if the supplemental application and/or application fee are late or not received.
This supplemental application is required by OHSU and is not shared with the selection committee. Information on the supplemental application will not be used in the selection process, but could be used to nominate new students, once accepted, for available scholarships.
- Applicants only submit one supplemental application and fee in the amount of $70 even if applying to more than one MSDI or internship option at OHSU.
- McNair Scholars: Please submit a completed TRiO waiver form to firstname.lastname@example.org with your OHSU Supplemental Application to waive* the $70 application fee.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
DI –Portland: 372
DI –Medford: 798
DI –Bend: 841
OHSU MSDI –Thesis option: 129
OHSU MSDI –Non-thesis (capstone) option: 803
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Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Please visit the website for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), where you can learn about OHSU's Community of Inclusion and Diversity Action Plan, internships, scholarships, professional development, and other resources.
Applications for the Master of Science in Human Nutrition are submitted directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. To begin the program in the summer of 2019, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2019. Applications submitted for admission during other terms will be considered on an individual basis.
The application packet must include the following components:
- Current resume (with a detailed employment history)
- Personal statement
- Proof of status as a Registered Dietitian or verification statement showing completion of an accredited dietetic internship
- TOEFL scores, if applicable
- Application fee
Applicants must complete an application.
- While the program no longer requires the GRE for admission, applicants are welcome to submit their scores to OHSU (Institutional Code: 4865).
For those applying to the MS program with a thesis option, please include with your application a typed statement that addresses your professional career goals, your motivation for graduate study, research interests/experience and any scientific publications or presentations you have authored.
For those applying to the MS program with a capstone (non-thesis option, please include with your application a typed statement that addresses your professional career goals, your motivation for graduate studies, relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering and how our program will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.
An official transcript is required from each college or university attended and must arrive at OHSU in an official, sealed envelope on or before the application deadline. Current OHSU dietetic interns must only submit their most recent OHSU transcript.
Applicants must submit at least three recommendations. If you have research experience, it is recommended that a recommendation be provided from your research supervisor(s). Applicants must use the Recommendation Form.
Proof of Status
For current or recent graduates of a dietetic internship program (individuals who have yet to become a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR), the application packet must contain an original signed verification statement signifying completion of a dietetic internship program accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) or a letter from your dietetic internship director stating that you are in good standing in the program with the intent to complete the dietetic internship prior to matriculation at OHSU. . Applicants who are Registered Dietitians must provide official documentation from CDR signifying current status as a Registered Dietitian. Registered Dietitians should call CDR at 1-800-877-1600 ext 5500 and provide their name and RD # and request an official RD verification letter be sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. This requirement is waived for current OHSU dietetic interns
An English proficiency exam, 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 accepts minimum scores of 600 paper-based, 250 computer based, and 100 Internet-based for the TOEFL, or a minimum 6.5 for the IELTS.
Applicants must submit a $70.00 application fee. Checks should be made payable to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. The application fee is waived for current OHSU dietetic interns.
- McNair Scholars: Please submit a completed TRiO waiver form to firstname.lastname@example.org with your OHSU supplemental application to waive the $70 application fee.
Completed applications should be sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at:Graduate Programs in Human NutritionOregon Health & Science UniversityMail Code: GH 2073181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park RoadPortland, OR 97239-3098
Title IX and Equal Opportunity
OHSU is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication and mutual respect. If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, veteran or military status, sex, marital status, pregnancy or parenting status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other protected status please contact Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity (AAEO) at email@example.com. Inquiries about Title IX compliance or sex/gender discrimination and harassment may be directed to the OHSU Title IX Coordinator at 503-494-0258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Diversity and InclusionPlease visit the website for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), where you can learn about OHSU's Community of Inclusion and Diversity Action Plan, internships, scholarships, professional development, and other resources.
Applications to the program will be available pending program approval by OHSU and reaccreditation through NWCCU.