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Dietetics Masters

The MS in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks, nutritional science and dietetics. The dietetics master’s track is currently available only to students who completed the BYU didactic program in dietetics (DPD). The dietetics track combines a master’s degree with supervised practice (dietetic internship) and other course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitians (RD exam). Upon graduation and completion of the RD exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and entrepreneurial or private practice.

Research and project opportunities in the dietetics track include nutrition education, management and leadership in dietetics, farm to school nutrition, resting energy expenditure, nutrition assessment and community nutrition.

Graduate Program Requirements

Internship Masters Program Overview

Brigham Young University's Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.

Admission Info

Application requirements

  • Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or,
  • Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking


Successful applicants typically have

  • Completed the BYU Graduate Studies application correctly
  • GPA scores ≥ 3.2
  • Combined GRE Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores of ≥ 300, and ≥ 4.0 on the Analytical Writing test. If a standardized test (GMAT, for example) is used in place of the GRE, then the applicant should score at or above the 57th percentile for that test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
  • If International applicant and native language is not English:
    • IELTS total band score ≥ 7.0 (with a minimum band score of 6.0 on each module); or
    • TOEFL score ≥ 237 (computer based), or
    • TOEFL ≥ 580 (paper based); or
    • TOEFL iBT of at least 85 (with a minimum score of 22 in the Speaking section and a minimum score of 21 in other sections)
    • Identified and met with a graduate faculty member with a similar research interest as the applicant’s. (If it is not possible to personally meet with a faculty member, a telephone conversation is recommended).

Other issues taken into consideration include

  • The number of pre-requisite courses that would need to be taken prior to beginning graduate studies
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous graduate degrees earned
  • Commitment (full-time vs. part-time) to graduate education