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Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate program, the following are required:

  1. Degree
    A bachelor’s degree from a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required for admission. The degree must be from a regionally accredited U.S. university or college. Please note: the University of Kansas does not offer an accredited DPD. View a list of accredited programs at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

    Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency. For guidelines, see the International Fact Sheet provided by ACEND.

  2. Graduate Record Examination Score
    A valid score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required for the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing portions of the exam. Applicants are awarded points based on percentile rank; there is not a minimum score recommended. For GRE information, call (609) 771-7670 or visit

  3. Grade Point Average
    A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college course work is required for admission.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

The Selection Process
The following criteria, listed in order starting with most important, are considered when selecting individuals for admission to the dietetic internship program.

  • Academic performance
  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Leadership, honors, and scholarships
  • Written responses to four applicant questions (are required as part of DICAS application)
  • Recommendations

International Students:
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

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Last modified: Jan 28, 2019

The program starts fall semester in August and ends the following July (three semesters total). The application window is Dec. 1–Feb. 15 each year.

Program Overview

Mission, Goals, Objectives

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Program Costs


Student Handbook


KU's dietetic internship program has received continued accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The full accreditation covers the remainder of the 7-year term ending December 31, 2023.

photo of Jeannine GoetzJeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
Dietetic Internship
Associate Professor

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