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Master of Dietetics Studies (Integrated Program)
The University of Texas at San Antonio integrated bachelor and master’s degree program is designed for students interested in meeting the academic requirements to become a Registered Dietitian (RD/RND). The integrated 3 year degree known as the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
|College of Education and Human Development||Degree|
|Undergraduate Degree||BS in Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Graduate Degree||Master of Dietetics Studies|
Didactic and introductory supervised experiences are part of the curriculum and serve as a foundation of the program.Students that maintain a 3.0 in the undergraduate program will be allowed to transition to the Master of Dietetics Studies (MDS). The MDS is a non-thesis option with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Treatment. Individuals with a Bachelor in Dietetics are encouraged to apply; but, will be expected to complete select undergraduate courses to meet the program's requirements. Individuals that hold a bachelors degree in an unrelated degree field are also encouraged to apply, but would be required to complete all the CP undergraduate degree program before progressing to the MDS. Admission of students that have obtained a prior degree will be made on a case-by-case basis and is also contingent on space availability. The Integrated Program does not offer a separate Masters or Internship Program.
The integrated degree offers these advantages:
- The integrated degrees offer over 1200 clock hours of supervised experiences (internship).
- Students who successfully complete the Integrated Program (CP) receive a verification statement that certifies their eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN).
- Students who obtain a Masters are more competitive in the job market.
Policy and Admission Requirements for Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Dietetics Studies:
- Attending/active or accepted to UTSA as an undergraduate
- Degree seeking student
- 3.0 overall grade point average
- Completion of required prerequisites
- Review Application Steps based upon current status. (PDF)
- Apply to UTSA as an undergraduate through the Apply Texas online application and select the “Pre-Nutrition and Dietetics “ (PNTD) major.
- Upon approval of undergraduate admissions, apply to the Integrated Program (CP) through the online graduate school application with a non-refundable application fee.
- Submit personal statement, (double spaced, 12-font, 1-inch margins – no more than two pages in length) addressing the following: interests, motivation, career goals, commitment and knowledge of the profession.
- Two letters of reference.
- Current resume with employment history and volunteer experience.
- Personal interview with admission committee (invitation only).
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Once admitted to the Integrated Coordinated Program (CP), you are required to meet the academic standards of the Graduate School.
Note: Criminal Record Check A criminal background check is a requirement during the semesters in which a student enrolls in field-based practicums. Students will be required to submit to a Criminal Record Check for practicums associated with schools, health care facilities, hospitals and clinics. It is the responsibility of the student to determine if his or her criminal history background will present a problem before applying for admission to the program. Students with problematic criminal history will not be able to complete most of the field-experiences that are required by the program.