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Nutrition FAQs

As you prepare your application for the ACU Master of Science in Nutrition program or your Dietetic
Internship, you may have questions very similar to those of other applicants. Below are the answers to a list of commonly asked questions.
 

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED A DIETETIC INTERNSHIP:
 

Admissions:

When is the application deadline for the upcoming cohort?
Students can apply through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). The deadline for the 2019 cohort is February 15, 2019.

I did not major in Nutrition as an undergraduate student. Can I apply?
No, only students who completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics as an undergraduate student can apply.

Do I need to submit documents to ACU in addition to DICAS? 
No, all application materials will be reviewed through the DICAS portal.

Is there an ACU application fee?
Yes, the $50 application fee can be paid by clicking here.

How many students are accepted each year?
Historically, between 9-12 students are accepted each year. In addition to the Dallas rotations, ACU will soon request Abilene rotations for the Dietetic Internship. If approved, the internship will accept up to 17 students in 2019.

What is the minimum GPA required to apply?
Students must have a 3.2 overall GPA to apply.

Is the GRE required for admission?
The GRE is not required for admission.

Can I transfer to ACU’s MS in Nutrition from another program? 
Yes, students may transfer credits pending faculty approval.

Program:

What is the program’s accreditation status?
The Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Is the program online or residential?
The MS in Nutrition coursework is fully online.  The Dietetic Internship is residential and is based at CitySquare, located in Dallas, TX.

When will the MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship become a combined program?   
In early 2019, the program will request that the MS in Nutrition and the DI become a combined program. If approved, this change would affect the 2020-2021 Dietetic Internship class.

Can I complete the Dietetic Internship as a stand-alone program?
Yes, applicants for the 2019-2020 class have the option to complete the Dietetic Internship as a stand-alone program. They can also pursue the MS in Nutrition if they choose to do so. 

Can I complete the MS in Nutrition without the Dietetic Internship?
Yes, students can complete the 36-hour MS in Nutrition online. Students would select 6 hours of electives to replace the 6 internship credits. However, students must complete a Dietetic Internship in order to be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.  

Do I begin the internship or online master’s courses first?
The Dietetic Internship class of 2019-2020 may begin either the MS in Nutrition or the Dietetic Internship first.  Successive classes will begin the MS in Nutrition first.

When does each new cohort begin?
If beginning the online MS in Nutrition first, there are 6 entry terms: May, July, August, October, January, or March. 

The residential Dietetic Internship in Dallas, TX begins each July.

What types of rotation experiences are offered?
Consistent with the mission of CitySquare, you will focus your time on the issues of hunger, health, housing and hope:

  • Hunger - work in the Opportunity Center Food Bank and the Summer Feeding Programs through CitySquare.
  • Health - Along with the clinical experiences, an outpatient counseling rotation will address the health of the clientele using knowledge gained in the clinical rotations such as bariatric, cardiac, endocrinology, intensive care, oncology, pediatric, renal, surgical and general medical.
  • Hope - Gaining an education and skills can give people hope. You will be instrumental in helping teach basic culinary and foodservice skills in the food production kitchen and café at the Opportunity Center at CitySquare.
  • Housing - Indirectly, housing will be addressed through your involvement in teaching basic selection, procurement and preparation of healthful meals for home use in the CitySquare demonstration kitchen.

Can I work while enrolled in the Dietetic Internship?
Working is not recommended, as the internship rotations are like a full-time job. Also, interns will have homework as well as internship activities at night and during some weekends.

What is the cost of tuition? Are there additional fees associated with the program?
The cost of tuition is $875 per credit hour. The total MS in Nutrition tuition is $31,500. The Dietetic Internship fee is $4,875.

Are scholarships or graduate assistantships offered?
Yes, admitted students can apply for a departmental scholarship.

Can I meet with the Program Director or attend an Open House?
Yes! Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 325-674-6911 or gradinfo@acu.edu to connect with the Program Director.
 

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED (OR ARE CURRENTLY COMPLETING) A DIETETIC INTERNSHIP:
 

Admissions:

How do I apply for the MS in Nutrition if I’ve already completed an internship?
Students who have completed a Dietetic Internship will apply directly through the Office of Graduation Programs. Please click here to begin your application. 

When is the deadline to apply?
The admissions committee offers rolling admission year round, so there is no specific deadline. However, the earlier applications are submitted, the sooner admitted students can secure their spot and begin the next available term.

How many entry terms are offered per year?
Students can apply to begin the MS in Nutrition during one of 6 entry terms per year. These terms begin in May, July, August, October, January, and March.

Program:

Will I receive credit for my completed Dietetic Internship?
If the Dietetic Internship was completed within the last 5 years, 6 hours of internship credit will be applied toward the MS in Nutrition and the student will complete 30 hours of graduate coursework (for a total of 36 credit hours).

If the student completed a Dietetic Internship more than 5 years prior to applying, they will complete 36 hours of graduate coursework.

How long is the program?
It is possible to complete the program in 1 year, however, the majority of students complete the program in 1.5 - 2 years.

What is the cost of the program? Are scholarships offered?
The cost of tuition is $875 per credit hour.  Departmental scholarships are available.

Is the program online or residential?
The MS in Nutrition is offered fully online.

Will I be required to travel to Abilene or Dallas at any time?
No, students are not required to travel. 

How long is each course? How many courses do I complete at one time?
Each course lasts for 7 weeks. Students can complete either 1 or 2 courses at a time during each 7-week semester.

Is it possible to work while I complete the MS in Nutrition online?
Yes. In fact, some students have worked full-time while completing 2 courses at a time.

Can I schedule a phone appointment with the Program Director?
Yes! Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 325-674-6911 or gradinfo@acu.edu to connect with the Program Director.