SHSU Combined MS in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship Program

Dear Prospective Dietetic Intern

The Combined MS in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship Program at Sam Houston State University combines graduate study and internship experiences leading to a Master of Science Degree in Dietetics. The curriculum provides practice in all areas of dietetics with a concentration in Community Research and Wellness.  ACEND’s (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) competency statements are represented for each of the four core areas: Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice, Professional Practice Expectations, Clinical and Customer Services, and Practice Management and Use of Resources. The concentration and core competencies provide participants of the DI program with an array of experiences that will prepare them in a well-rounded manner.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates meet requirements for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and are eligible to take the registration examination.  Graduates of the program are competent to practice as entry-level dietitians and are qualified to apply for licensure in the state of Texas.

The program consists of 36 semester hours, which include 9 credits for internship experience. The student completes the internship and Master’s degree at the same time.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Sam Houston State University Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is to provide excellent supervised practice experience and high quality graduate education that will impart to interns appropriate educational and professional competencies essential for entry-level dietetic practitioners. The professional practice experiences in dietetics coupled with the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Dietetics with a recommended minor in Health/Fitness, Business, Psychology, Education, and/or Counseling enhance the professional caliber of the graduates in this program. This background enables graduates to enter the rapidly expanding field of dietetics with greater professionalism and educational knowledge and service.

Program Goals:

  • Direct interns to master professional and didactic skills necessary for the successful entry-level generalist dietitians.
  • Provide exposure through excellent didactic experiences and meaningful rotation placements that will augment the knowledge of nutritional support in clinical settings, food service systems management, community nutrition and research, as well as promote learning as the student progresses in the program.
  • Instruct students in the Dietetic Internship in the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively with peers and clients individually and in groups.
  • Prepare professionals who will contribute to the profession and to the community as educators in appropriate dietary practice.
  • Prepare dietetic professionals committed to continuing education and participation in professional organizations.


The philosophy and goals of the Sam Houston State University Combined MS and Dietetic Internship program are consistent with high ethical standards, the philosophy and goals of the University, the College of Humanities and Social Science, the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Program Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to use a variety of communication tools in disseminating nutrition information.
  • Perform the nutrition care process in a variety of settings such as acute care, long-term care and community settings.
  • Utilize broad knowledge and skills to provide dietary recommendations for optimal health.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills necessary to successfully manage resources appropriate to the setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information related to dietary practice and health outcomes.
  • Model professional skills and behavior, including ethical practice and commitment to life-long learning and the ability to collaborate and work in harmony with others.
  • Exhibit the professional competencies of a dietitian as identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Supervised Practice Sites:

The affiliated facilities providing the major supervised practice experiences are located within the Greater Houston area and include Kindred Healthcare, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Conroe Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Houston and Huntsville Independent School District, Head Start Child Development Centers and the Houston Food Bank.

General Information:

Number of applications received in 2013: 39

Number of intern positions: 10
Average GPA: 3.2
Pass Rate on RD Exam last two years (first-time test takers): 95%

SHSU MS/DI Degree Calendar

February 15, 2014

Postmark deadline to upload application to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) and send computer matching materials to D&D Systems

April 6, 2014

Notification Day

April 8, 2014

Appointment Day
Please note: Students must notify the Dietetic Internship Program Director if they accept/reject the computer match by
5:00 pm on Appointment day of the program’s time zone.

Fall 2014

Begin graduate studies and Dietetic Internship

Spring 2015

Continue graduate studies and Dietetic Internship

Summer 2015

Continue graduate studies only during the summer.

Fall 2015

Complete DI Supervised Practice Experience (minimum 1200 hours) and the Master’s Degree.  Student is eligible, on successful completion of the program, to take the registration Examination for Dietitians.

Admission Requirements: Application to the Dietetic Internship Program and Graduate School are two separate processes. Students that are matched to the DI program must apply to graduate school.

Dietetic Internship Program

  • Participating in DICAS and D&D Systems matching program (deadline February 15)
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA or ≥ 3.0 in last 60 hours.
  • Completion of the GRE within the last 5 years. A score of 295 or higher on combined verbal and quantitative portions of GRE is preferred.
  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) or evidence of completing all but one semester of coursework in an undergraduate DPD. Didactic Program in Dietetics (“DPD Program”) Verification Statement of program completion to be submitted before school begins.
  • SHSU Dietetic Internship Application Fee ($30) paid online at our SHSU Store.


Graduate School

  • Completion of Sam Houston State University Online Application for Admission through ApplyTexas (MS Dietetics) and Application Fee ($45)
  • Submission of the following to Graduate Admissions
    • Official transcript from baccalaureate granting institution.
    • Official GRE scores (general).
    • Two letters of recommendation.
  • International Students – The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of non-native speakers of English. Minimum score of 550 paper based, 79 (iBT internet-based test), or IELTS score of 6.5.

Note: Sam Houston State University is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices

Selection Process

A Selection Committee, comprised of departmental faculty and dietitians, reviews all qualified applications received by the deadline date. Application materials are evaluated by objective criteria in the areas of GPA, GRE, professional statement, work experience (paid and/or volunteer), honors, awards, activities, and recommendations from two dietetics professionals.

Internship Components

The Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Sam Houston State University is offered on a part-time basis requiring sixteen months to complete. There is one cohort of ten students beginning in the fall semester. The 1200-hour curriculum includes four rotations, each involving different didactic experiences. The break-down is as follows:

Clinical Nutrition

336 hours

Community Nutrition

336 hours

Food Service Systems Management

240 hours

Community Research and Wellness

288 hours


1200 hours


Estimated Expenses (The expenses listed are approximations. Actual costs may be more or less than these estimates.)



Graduate Application Fee

$ 45

$ 45

One-time expense

DI Program Application Fee

$ 30

$ 30

One-time expense

Tuition and Fees

$ 11,000

$ 22,500

37 hours, graduate credit hours*

Drug/Alcohol Screening & Background Check

$ 100

$ 100

One-time Expense

CPR Certification

$ 22

$ 22

One-time Expense

Physical Exam



One-time Expense

Health Insurance



Annual fee

Internship Fee

$ 100

$ 100

Per semester (except Summer)

Room & Board



Per semester

Texts and supplies

$ 200

$ 200

Per semester

AND Membership

$ 50

$ 50

Annual fee

Transportation Costs



Travel to and from facilities

* Note: assigned course fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Transportation. Transportation to the facilities is the responsibility of the intern. It is necessary that the student have access to an automobile in good working condition and be able to drive one to two hours or within a 90 mile radius. Certain rotations may be in a busy metropolitan area.

Graduate Housing.It is the intern's responsibility to select and provide his/her own housing. For information contact Residence Life at 936-294-1812 or

Graduate Assistantships. Graduate assistantships are available to selected students who have been accepted into the MS/DI program. Financial support includes a monthly stipend.

University Financial Aid and Scholarships:Information and application deadlines may be obtained from SHSU Financial Aid and Scholarships, 1903 University, Estill 201Box 2328 Huntsville TX 77341-2328 or on their website

The faculty in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences welcomes the opportunity to meet with prospective students. To obtain more information, contact us at your convenience.

Thank you for your interest in Sam Houston State University.

Ms. Heather Frazier
Program Director
MLHB, Office 226
Box 2177
Huntsville, TX 77341-2177
Phone: 936-294-1986


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