U of MN DI Program Enrollment:

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    ED-TEP concentration is accepting a maximum enrollment of 10 for the incoming class
    For the Class of 2023: 5 seats are now filled from the preselect process; therefore, 5 seats remain for computer-match.

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    MNT concentration has a maximum enrollment of 10 for the incoming class
    For the Class of 2023: 6 seats are now filled from the preselect process; therefore, 4 seats remain for computer-match.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum of a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education
  • Verification of Completion of an approved program in dietetics OR a Declaration of Intent to Complete from an approved program in dietetics listing all courses required with a time table of completion before entering the U of M DI Program
  • International students in F-1 status require OPT authorization covering the full dates of the program while students in J-1 status require academic training authorization.  J-2 dependents may be eligible but require employment authorization for the full period of the program.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy course or equivalent must be completed within three years of beginning the U of M DI Program. Refer to Recency of Education Policy for details.
  • If selected for the U of M DI, applicants who submitted a Declaration of Intent to Complete form with their DI applications must obtain a signed DPD verification statement from their DPD Program Director and official transcript documenting completion of a master’s degree before they may begin the dietetic internship
  • Minimum cumulative and DPD GPA of 3.1 (based on a 4.0 system); strong GPA (grades in subjects such as biochemistry, advanced nutrition/metabolism, MNT, community nutrition, and food service) will be reviewed by the selection committee
  • Upon DI placement confirmation following acceptance into the U of M DI Program, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. Payment options for program fee (less $500 deposit) are offered. Commitment to a chosen plan is due prior to program's orientation.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Well-written personal statement which answers all the required questions
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, teamwork and self-direction
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience and/or extracurricular involvement
  • Strong letters of recommendation – two from faculty and one from a supervisor
  • Overall potential of student to successfully complete an internship in the respective concentration area, a nationally renowned eating disorder treatment center or a high acuity teaching hospital
  • Completion of all required application details. Applications may be rejected for incompleteness or non-compliance with directions.
  • Each concentration has an Intern Selection Committee which scores and ranks applications on the basis of all components of the internship application.
  • Top ranked candidates will be invited for an interview with program leadership. The interview is an important step in the selection process since it allows the applicant to be well informed about the internship and helps the selection committee ensure successful matches of candidates with the program.

Preselect Eligibility Requirements


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Preselect for ED-TEP Concentration
Preselect priority is available for eligible University of Minnesota FSCN Graduate Students. For eligibility, the U of M graduate student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) resulting in a DPD verification or intent to complete statement, and
  2. Successfully completing work for MS/PhD graduate degree program in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota


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Preselect for MNT Concentration
Preselect priority is available for up to six of ten slots in the MNT concentration for eligible University of Minnesota Students. For eligibility, the U of M student must have BOTH of the following:

  1. Master's degree earned or expected from the University of Minnesota, and
  2. DPD verification statement (or intent to complete) from the University of Minnesota

Important to note: University of Minnesota students interested in the preselect process and qualify for both concentrations must choose ONE concentration in which to apply. If applicant applies and is not selected for chosen concentration, applicant has the opportunity to apply to any desired program/concentration during the computer match process.