Master of Science in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship 

Help others achieve health and wellness. 

Abilene Christian University’s combined M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship program is associated with CitySquare in Dallas, Texas. We are one of the first programs in the nation to offer an internship program with an emphasis on “Poverty and Community”.  

Consistent with the mission of CitySquare, interns during rotations will focus their time on the issues of “hunger,” “health,” “housing,” and “hope.”

  • Hunger - Interns will address hunger of those in poverty by working in the Opportunity Center Food Bank and the Summer Feeding Programs through CitySquare. The internship schedule will include several clinical rotations including but not limited to bariatric, cardiac, endocrinology, intensive care, oncology, pediatric, renal, surgical, and general medical.
  • Health - Along with the clinical experiences, an outpatient counseling rotation will address health of the clientele using knowledge gained in the clinical rotations.
  • Hope - Hope is manifested in education and gaining skills for employment. Dietetic interns will be instrumental in helping teach basic culinary and food service skills in the cafe at the Opportunity Center at CitySquare.
  • Housing - Indirectly, housing will be addressed through intern involvement in teaching basic selection, procurement, and preparation of healthy meals for home use.

This program is designed to prepare students/interns with the academic and clinical training to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Our mission is to prepare students/interns to be entry-level registered dietitians who model Christian values and to lead and empower individuals, especially those with economic need, to achieve better nutrition and healthier lifestyles. Beginning in 2024, A master's degree and internship will be required in order to be eligible to take the registration exam for registered dietitians, therefore we now offer the combined master's/internship program.

 If you are not interested in completing or have already completed a Dietetic Internship, learn more about our fully online M.S. in Nutrition here.

Degree Requirements Student Handbook Nutrition/DI FAQs
  • Admission Requirements

    All applicants must first apply on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) online applicant portal.  DICAS is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and offers applicants a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service. The DICAS application may be accessed at

    The admission requirements for DICAS:

    • A cumulative undergraduate approximate 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management; and       
    • Applicants must have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements in an accredited program as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Potential students/interns must submit an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Verification statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) along with their completed application.
    • Complete the online application and pay the DICAS application fee;       
    • Submit three letters of recommendation;       
    • Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work. The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree in Nutrition or related field from a regionally accredited college or university;     
    • Submit a personal statement which includes the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals (after completing the dietetic internship); address how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics, describe experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences, explain your philosophy of working with the impoverished, state reason(s) you chose to apply to the ACU M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship·      
    • Submit a personal resume;       
    • Register with D&D Digital for the computer match and rank each of the dietetic internships that you are applying to by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital Web site:

    The admission requirements for ACU: 


  • Goals and Objectives
    1)  The program will prepare graduates to have commitment to utilize nutrition-related knowledge to improve the quality of the health and well-being among those who have limited resources.
    This goal is congruent with the M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship mission concerning helping those in poverty. 
    2)  The program will prepare graduates to obtain entry-level employment in dietetics or related field
    This goal fits with the mission in the preparation of graduates for successful entry-level employment in the field.
    3)   The program will prepare graduates for leadership in the field of nutrition and dietetics
    Being prepared for leadership in the field indicates that graduates are well-prepared for the profession, which reflects the mission of providing high quality supervised practice experiences that prepare graduates for the field.  The expectation is that graduates will be highly respected because of their competency and leadership potential.
    The mission, goals, and objectives will be monitored at least annually for program effectiveness.  Program outcomes data are available on request. For more information about our goals please refer to our Student Handbook
  • Accreditation

    The ACU Dietetic Internship is fully accredited with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  ACEND’s contact information is listed below:

        Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
        120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
        Chicago, IL  60606-6995
        (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400

    Accreditation includes self-analysis, preparation of a self-study report, and an on-site evaluation visit by a team of professional peers.  Dietetics educators and practitioners, appointed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) board, participate in the peer review process to determine if a program is achieving its own educational objectives and meeting the accreditation standards. The ACEND board accredits programs that are able to meet these standards.

    Completion of the M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship allows graduates to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Application for state certification/licensure in states and territories (if applicable) may be made after credentialing.

    Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.



Degree Details

Required Hours

2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $898

Program fee: $4,875

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 36

Example Coursework

Weight Management

Nutrition and Poverty

Dietetic Internship

Nutrition Research


Kinesiology & Nutrition

Application Deadlines

DICAS: February 15th