Our program has an early application deadline (January 15, 2018) and participates in the April computer match. Because our program combines the graduate degree with an accredited dietetic internship, the application process involves several steps. In order to be ranked by us for the computer match, you must first be conditionally accepted into the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department’s graduate program.
For this reason, all prospective students must apply online to the Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Department MS-DI Program by January 15, 2018 (deadline for receipt of online application materials; post-mark date for materials to be sent via mail), and you must submit the application forms published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics using the Academy’s online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) by February 15, 2018. This means that multiple copies of some original documents (e.g., official, sealed transcripts) will be needed in order to satisfy the UF Graduate School admission requirements and the Academy’s DICAS requirements.
Applicants who submit complete application packets by the January 15th deadline will be notified about their admission status by email (with a follow up letter sent via the US Postal Service) prior to the deadline for changing computer matching choices. Application materials are not returned to students regardless of the outcome of the application process. Prospective students should also be sure to provide a phone number and email address where they can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day. In addition to the information provided on this website, applicants should thoroughly review their responsibilities (i.e., Applicant Responsibilities) related to the computer matching process.
To be eligible for the MS-DI program, applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree. For more information about this requirement, go to http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/about-us/what-is-an-rdn-and-dtr/what-is-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist.
The minimum requirements for admission to the University of Florida Graduate School include an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or comparable degree from an international institution; a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale); and a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School are considered for conditional admission to the FSHN Department. Acceptance into the department is competitive, with attention given to GPA, GRE scores, applicant’s personal statement, letters of recommendation, the strength of the applicant’s course of study and performance in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and related courses. Applicants for our MS-DI program who are accepted into the FSHN graduate program are reviewed by a selection team who consider all of the aforementioned materials, as well as the applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success. The average GPA and GRE scores (5 year average) of successful applicants are 3.71 and 311 (combined verbal and quantitative using newest scoring system; equivalent to ~1250 using the previous scoring system), respectively. All applicants must have their program director submit a completed copy of the Academy’s Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree for their DICAS application. (Applicants who are matched to the program must submit an original copy of the Verification Statement to the MS-DI Program Director before starting the program.) Applicants also must participate in the computer matching process managed by D&D Digital (deadline: February 15, 2018, 11:59 PM Central Time). See Future Computer Matching dates 2016-2018 for more information.
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UF Graduate School Application Deadlines, Fees, and Late Applications
The deadline for application to the University of Florida’s Graduate School and the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is January 15, 2018 (deadline for receipt of online application materials; post-mark deadline for materials sent via mail). The Graduate School application fee is $30.00. There are no other application fees for our program, but there are fees for the DICAS application and the D&D Digital computer match (see below).
Late applications (i.e., applications that become complete after the January 15th deadline or new applications submitted/post-marked after the January 15th deadline) will be considered through February 15, 2018 (deadline for receipt of online application materials; post-mark deadline for materials sent via mail). Only applications that include all of the required materials by this receipt/post-mark date will be considered. Due to the review process and internal processing, prospective students who submit late applications may not receive notification of acceptance/denial into the University of Florida Graduate School until after the D&D Digital computer ranking deadline has passed. Late applications may not meet the deadline for assistantship decisions.
Graduate School Application
Complete the online graduate school application. The application fee ($30.00) can be paid online with a credit card. The application will require you to include the following:
- Applicant’s Personal Statement (500 word limit) providing a clear description of why you want to enter the dietetics profession, your short-term and long-term goals, how completing this program corresponds with your career goals, experiences that have helped prepare you for a career in dietetics, and strengths and weaknesses or areas for improvement. (You can use the same statement for the DICAS application, although the word limit is expanded to approximately 1000 words in DICAS; see below.)
- Three letters of recommendation. When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online.
- Arrange for other materials to be sent per the instructions listed on the Graduate School website (i.e., official, sealed transcripts, official Graduate Record Examination scores, etc.). Materials to be mailed to the Graduate School should be mailed to the following address:
University of Florida
Office of Admissions
PO Box 114000
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Food Science and Human Nutrition Department Application
There is no application fee for this portion of the application. The online application to the Graduate School will be sent automatically to the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. Please send an email to the FSHN Graduate Clerk, Marianne Mangone, giving her your name and UF ID number. Inform her that you have applied to the MS-DI Program.
The Academy’s DICAS Application Materials
Our program uses the online centralized internship application (DICAS), which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. (NOTE: The availability date of the DICAS portal for the Spring Match is unknown at this time. For more information, email DICASinfo@DICAS.org.) The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 PM CENTRAL TIME on FEBRUARY 15, 2018. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
Materials Needed to Apply Using DICAS
- Personal statement, to include the same information as outlined above under the section titled “Graduate School Application”. (Note: DICAS allows up to 1000 words for the personal statement, so you may expand on the personal statement you used for your application to graduate school if you wish.)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS – Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472.
- The name and contact information (email address) for each reference must be provided. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
- Applicants also must register online for computer matching and select their dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 PM. Central Time on February 15, 2018. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.
D&D Digital Application Process (i.e., computer matching)
The University of Florida participates in the April Computer Match. Applicants who wish to be considered for our program must participate in the computer matching process. Follow this link to access the Dates for the Computer-Matching Process.
Applicants should access the D&D Digital website to register for computer matching. There is a $50.00 charge for the computer matching process that must be paid online using a credit card (VISA/MASTERCARD) with a USA billing address. After payment is completed, you will receive a username and password that will allow online access to enter, verify and change, if necessary, your contact information, release information and dietetic internship rankings. Registration should be made well enough in advance to allow for unforeseeable computer problems or billing issues. The deadline for registering for the computer match is 11:59 PM on February 15, 2018.
Applicants who have registered for the match by February 15, 2018, can re-order their Dietetic Internship priority rankings; however, no additional internships can be added to the list. No changes in DI rankings can be made after 11:59 PM Central Time [Date TBA]. Applicants are responsible for notifying D&D Digital, in writing, of a decision to withdraw from the matching process if circumstances will prevent them from accepting a match that may occur. Applicants are responsible for calling D&D Digital if they cannot access the D&D Digital website to view their personal matching results on Notification Day. Contact information for D&D Digital Systems is provided below.
D&D Digital Systems
3100 S. Riverside Dr.
PO Box 887
Ames, IA 50010
Applicants who are matched to the University of Florida’s combined MS-DI program must contact the Program Director before 6:00 PM Eastern Time on April 9, 2018, to confirm acceptance of their appointment. After that time, our program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the applicant. The Program Director can be reached at 352-294-3717; firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-392-9467 (FAX). Prospective students should provide a phone number and email address where they can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day.