Dietetic Internship with Master of Science in Nutrition

Prepare for credentialing as a registered dietitian in a program that provides unsurpassed field experience and graduate study.

There are three requirements to become a registered dietitian (RD):

  • Academics
    Earn a bachelor’s degree and complete a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Internship
    Complete a supervised internship program accredited by ACEND.
  • Registration Examination *
    Pass the entry-level registration (credentialing) examination to become a registered dietitian.

For more information on the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian, including education, supervised practice and passage of the credentialing examination, review the registration eligibility requirements for dietitians.

UB’s Dietetic Internship fulfills the second requirement. Our program provides this necessary field experience (1200 hours of supervised practice) in the first 12-months of the 16-month comprehensive exam track or 21-month thesis track, which further prepares you for credentialing as an RD with an MS in nutrition.

* Licensure is not required in New York State, however other states may require licensure. Please review for details on what states require licensure.

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While in the program, you'll have the opportunity to intern in a wide-array of settings, including:

  • Hospitals in the Kaleida Health System, Catholic Health System, ECMC and VA
  • Long-term care facilities throughout the Western New York area
  • Outpatient centers
  • University research programs on campus
  • Comprehensive community wellness programs both on and off campus. 

Western New York is a multicultural region and you will have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of cultures and diverse populations.

What Our Program Provides

The program:

  • Provides a period of 1,200 supervised practice hours in the first 12 months of the program to prepare you for the RD performance requirements.
  • Educates you about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics core competencies for dietitians while developing proficiency in the concentration area of nutrition and community wellness.
  • Addresses the service needs throughout Western New York for trained practitioners who can help improve the health of their communities.

Information to prospective students related to cost, program calendar and admission requirements are available in the student handbook.

RDN Title Option

RDs are now eligible to use the optional title of registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).


Students who have completed our program and taken the RD exam as of August 2016:

  • 96% have passed the RD exam
  • 93% have passed the RD exam on the first attempt - 5 year pass rate
Outcome data is available upon request.
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ACEND Contact Information

The University at Buffalo Dietetic Internship with MS in Nutrition 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

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