Nutrition and Food Management

Dietetic Internship

This internship is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and a Master's Degree in one year. This 12 month program begins in January or June and comes to completion at graduation after three semesters (Spring, Fall, and Summer).

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Management is structured to provide knowledge and skills in human nutrition, principles of management, food science, and practice in problem solving and decision making. The curriculum encourages critical and creative thought, development of skills in human relations and communications and the value of life-long learning. The academic program is sensitive to changes in dynamic society; it emphasizes personal and professional growth as well as research. There are diverse opportunities for the graduate in the areas of food service management or education, administration, and nutritional care and health promotion.

The masters degree program is not required of dietetic interns, but interns are still required to complete 20 hours of graduate credit.  To earn the MS degree, an intern would complete an additional 12 hours of credit.


The dietetic internship strives to develop competent, entry-level dietetic professionals through excellence in education and transformative learning experiences.


  1. The internship will prepare students for careers as registered dietitians.
  2. The internship will foster a commitment to professional growth and development.

About our Internship

The Nutrition and Food Management internship at The University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600). Upon completion of this Dietetic Internship (DI), students are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).


DI Curriculum

Why Choose UCO?

Estimated Cost of DI Program (2011)

Additional Requirements

Typical Week


How Do I Apply?

Any Questions?

For further answers and information, contact Tiffany Shurtz
Phone: (405) 974-5369

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