Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics - Dual Master’s with Dietetic Internship

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Nursing and Health

The Dual MS with Dietetic Internship (MS & DI)  is designed for students with a degree in dietetics from an ACEND accredited DPD program.  Students will complete a dietetic internship and also further their nutritional knowledge and skills through graduate-level coursework.  Candidates for the master's with internship path may apply through DICAS or directly to Viterbo University.  Candidates applying through DICAS should complete the Viterbo dual MS & DI application once matched.  

 Select the master's pathway that will meet your professional goals:

  • Non-thesis clinical focus (48 credits).  The clinical emphasis provides intensive supervised practice hours for students wanting additional patient care experience.
  • Thesis track (39 credits). The thesis track meets accreditation requirements for supervised practice hours while providing students with experience working one-on-one with a research advisor and conducting their own research.

 Students will have the option of numerous electives in order to cater their degree to their particular area of interest.    





Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all coursework, with no individual course grade lower than a C.

Transfer Credit
Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to six graduate level credits may be transferred into the Master of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics degree, if equivalent. Credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited program, taken within the last seven years, have an earned grade of B or better, and be equivalent to the course it is replacing in the requirements at Viterbo. Coursework older than seven years may be waived or given credit based on individual review. Students who wish to transfer credits need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for details on the process. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency and written notification of acceptance of transfer credit will be provided to the student by the director. Transfer credit is only eligible for coursework taken prior to enrollment and petitioned for prior to matriculation.

Learning Outcomes
  • Facilitate inter- and intra-professional teamwork and collaboration.
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and defend research applicable to practice setting.
  • Apply leadership principles to practice positions in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interpretation and critique of scientific health care literature using an evidence analysis approach; apply and integrate findings into practice settings.
  • Interpret results of a comprehensive nutrition-focused physical assessment relative to nutritional well-being using nutritional diagnostic reasoning and standardized language.