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The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science is structured to provide knowledge and skills in human nutrition, principles of management and food science. This internship is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and a master's degree in one year. The 12-month program begins in January or May/June and comes to completion at graduation after three semesters (Spring, Fall, and Summer). Upon completion of this Dietetic Internship (DI), students are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The master's degree program is not required of dietetic interns, but interns are still required to complete 15 hours of graduate credit. To earn the M.S. degree, an intern would complete an additional 17 hours of credit.

Masters of

Nutrition & Food Science - Dietetic Internship

University of Central Oklahoma

Student Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate emerging research for application in dietetics practice.
  • Design, implement and evaluate presentations to a target audience.
  • Perform the Nutrition Care Process and use standardized nutrition language.
  • Analyze quality, financial or productivity data and develop a plan for intervention.

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The Nutrition and Food Science 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 2910, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600).

For information on the program’s mission, objectives and accreditation, please refer to the student handbook.

Dietetic Internship Handbook

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates must also obtain licensure or certification  to practice. Oklahoma requires licensure. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DI program at UCO are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

Career Opportunities

  • Food or Sensory Scientist
  • Research and Development for food companies
  • Food sales and Marketing
  • Quality Assurance or Food Safety Specialist
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Production Manager