Master of Science and Dietetic Internship (MS/DI)

Academics & Accreditation

Program Goals

The objectives of the curriculum are to provide professional education by offering the Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism combined with supervised practice for individuals seeking an advanced degree, with eligibility to sit the registration exam for dietitians to become a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist. Our goal is to prepare program graduates to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. Graduates will also be trained for professional and leadership roles in the dietetics field.

Educational Philosophy

The program is committed to providing a broad range of experiences to students, so they may become competent dietitians in a variety of settings. The program adopts the values of the institution and the School of Health Professions, which are to demonstrate compassion to all, to act with integrity, to show respect to everyone, to embrace belonging, and to promote excellence and innovation through lifelong learning. The program encompasses these values while encouraging critical thinking, leadership development, management skills and team building to facilitate the transition of the student from an intern to an entry-level practitioner.


The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the Academy's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic technicians, registered. ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by ACEND.

Only graduates of ACEND®-accredited programs are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered.

The UTMB Dietetic Internship has been granted full accreditation status through 2024. For verification, you may contact ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

P: 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400
P: 312-899-0040
F: 312-899-4817

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