Prepare for credentialing as a registered dietitian nutritionist through a program that provides unsurpassed field experience and graduate degree.
The University at Buffalo offers two graduate degree tracks of an accredited dietetic internship to prepare students to become professionally registered dietitian nutritionists.
Students benefit from UB's commitment to fostering a comprehensive and inclusive learning environment and access to world-class faculty and facilities, interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning and creative thinking.
The UB DI has been training future registered dietitian nutritionists for excellence, innovation and leadership since 1999.
For more information on the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, including education, supervised practice and passage of the credentialing examination, review the registration eligibility requirements for dietitians.
UB’s Dietetic Internship provides 1200 hours of required field experience while completing your Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Interns have the option of 2 tracks to completion: 16-month comprehensive exam or 21-month thesis. The UB MS/DI trains interns using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics core competencies for dietitians while developing proficiency in our concentration, nutrition and community wellness.
* Licensure is not required in New York State, however other states may require licensure. Please review for details on what states require licensure.
The mission of the Dietetic Internship with MS in Nutrition is to provide a period of supervised practice to students of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited undergraduate programs, so that they achieve the performance requirements necessary to take the registered dietitian examination, while also receiving a master's degree (MS) in nutrition.
The program emphasizes the interaction of interns, faculty and staff who act with integrity and seek personal and professional excellence. The mission further reflects the research, service and training missions of the University at Buffalo, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. It intends to train health practitioners who will provide leadership in research and clinical settings in the region, state and nation. Moreover, the internship’s chosen concentration area, nutrition and community wellness, address the service need in Buffalo and Western New York area. These practitioners will be trained to utilize innovations in research and technology in the prevention and amelioration of illness.
A small number of Supervised Practice slots are available to Rochester, NY based applicants. Interns are responsible for commuting to the UB campus for in-person graduate classes and events each semester. Please inquire with the Program Director if interested.
RDs are eligible to use the optional title of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a Masters Degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Supervised Practice (Summer 1)
Graduate Courses (Fall 1)
Graduate Courses (Spring 1)
Graduate Courses (Summer 2)
Graduate Courses (Fall 2)
Graduate Courses (Fall 2)
Graduate Courses (Spring 2)
Credit for previous, recent graduate coursework will be considered on an individual basis.
You will complete the courses throughout 5 semesters for the comprehensive exam track or 6 semesters for the thesis track. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate coursework.
Students who have completed our program and taken the RD exam as of August 2016:
The UB MS/DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Phone: (312) 899-0040 x5400
Information to prospective students related to cost, program calendar and admission requirements are available in the student handbook.