Program Details


The mission of Ohio University's Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program is to provide a distinctive program that integrates theory, research and practice to prepare quality, entry-level registered dietitians who will advance the practice of dietetics and improve the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Program Goal 1:

The Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship at Ohio University will prepare quality, entry-level registered dietitians.


  • At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 24 months  (150% of planned program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least  80% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%. 
  • 90% of employers who respond to the 1-year Employer Survey, will perceive program graduates as functioning as quality, entry-level registered dietitian, as evidenced by an average of three out of five or higher on the related question.

Program Goal 2:

Graduates will enhance the health and wellness of the communities they serve.


  • 80% of graduates who respond to the one-year survey will respond yes to a question that stating, “I have a position where I enhance the nutrition status, health, and wellness of patients, clients or customers.” 


Program Concentration

The program concentration is community health and wellness. This concentration will be tied throughout your graduate classes and internship rotations to ensure all interns graduate with diverse experiences and skills in community wellness.

Program Costs

Note:  These costs include all costs for all 4 semesters

Summary of Intern Program Costs* Amount:
Tuition / General Fees Program Costs
Program Fee 1,680
Professional Memberships   150
Transportation  varies
Textbooks   100
Drug Screen    75
Background Check    50
Typhon   90
Lab Coat Internship provides
Professional Liability Internship provides
CDR Credentialing Review Exam Internship provides
Housing Varies
Total Estimated Ohio Resident Cost 21,373*
Total Estimated Non-Resident Cost 37,357*

*Costs are projections; there may be adjustments to costs

Financial Aid

Information on financial aid and scholarships can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Academic and Program Calendar

The Ohio University MSDI Program follows the Ohio University official academic calendar for all graduate classes. The current calendar can be found at: Interns will not attend graduate classes during University breaks or officially observed holidays.

MSDI supervised practice rotation schedules are independent of the Ohio University Academic Calendar. Interns will be expected to work when their preceptors are working, which may include some weekends, holidays and evenings.

Interns will start boot camp approximately one week prior to the official start of classes their first semester in the program. Subsequent semesters, supervised practice schedules will start and end on the first/last day of the semester. Interns will not be assigned any rotations during the Ohio University Winter Break.


Dietitian Licensure in Ohio


Registered Dietitians are required to be licensed in the state of Ohio to practice dietetics. The State Medical Board of Ohio manages licensure of dietitians in the state of Ohio. If you plan to practice out of state, please reference the State Licensure Agency List on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for additional information.