Dietetics Programs in FScN

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

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Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Verification Statement, and will be eligible to apply to a variety of programs offering further education and supervised practice in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD is primarily an undergraduate program consisting of 3XXX and 4XXX level coursework.

Dietetic Internship (DI)

The University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship is a 9-month (Sept-May) program that offers non-credit, non-degree, supervised practice experiences to meet eligibility requirements for program graduates to take the CDR registration examination for dietitian nutritionists.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

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The Dietetics Master of Professional Studies (MPS) focuses on coursework combining advanced knowledge of nutrition, dietetics, and practice. This degree was developed for individuals pursuing a career in dietetics and plan to complete a Dietetic Internship and sit for the Entry-level Registration Examination for Dietitians, colloquially referred to as the RDN Exam.


The MPS+DI option provides the opportunity to complete the Dietetics Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in the first year followed by the UMN DI in the second year. This MPS degree was developed specifically for those pursuing a career in dietetics, and the DI prepares them to take the RDN Exam.

A benefit of this early admission preselect option is the opportunity for early placement into the DI 2nd year portion. If accepted during the MPS+DI Preselect process, a seat is secured for the DI fall class of the following calendar year, contingent upon successful completion of the MPS program in the first year. 
** Now accepting applications for fall 2025 DI placements **