Application Procedure

Applicants must first apply for admission to the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program.

Following admission to the Dietetic Internship Program, applicants must then apply for admission to the Murray State Graduate School. Applicants should not apply to the Murray State Graduate School until they have been admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program.

Application for Admission to the Dietetic Internship Program

Applicants to the internship program must use the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). The online application must be completed by the deadline time and date given by DICAS. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application and $20 for each additional application. The DICAS application for the Spring match is generally available after December 1st and can be accessed at

The following documents need to be included with the DICAS application:

  • Personal Statement

Applicants must also submit a personal statement in 1,000 words or less through DICAS. The following questions should be addressed:

  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
  • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  • What attracted you to the Murray State University dietetic internship program?
  • Recommendations

    Three recommendations are required. At least one recommendation should come from a Medical Nutrition Therapy professor. When completing the online application, applicants must provide the name, email address and other contact information for each reference. Submission of this information will trigger an email message requesting completion of a recommendation form. All recommendation forms will be submitted online.

  • Transcripts

    Official transcripts from all universities attended should be mailed to the address below. Photocopies or “Issued to Student” copies will not be accepted.

    DICAS - Transcript Dept.
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, MA 02472

    Applicants should have an overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and an overall DPD GPA of 3.4 or higher (based on a 4.0 system), or an overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if applicable). Students meeting the GPA requirement that have a D or lower on their transcript in any course that has not been replaced with a higher grade will not be considered a viable candidate.

  • GRE Scores

    Applicants must have taken the GRE within the past three years and have a score of 145 on both the verbal and quantitative tests, and a 4 on the written essay portion. Official scores must also be sent to #1494 Murray State University. A scanned copy of the score should be attached as supplemental information to the electronic application. Applications without scanned scores may not be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

Dietetic Internship Program
Nutrition & Dietetics
200N Oakley Applied Science 
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3964
Fax: (270) 809-6950

Computer Matching

All applicants to the Murray State University Dietetic Internship (DI) program must participate in computer matching. Computer matching enables a student to be assigned to a requested internship program that has also expressed interest in the student. A private company called D & D Digital Systems conducts the matching process. There is a fee for participation in computer matching that must be paid with your prioritized preferences for internship locations.

Requests for additional materials may be made to:

D & D Digital Systems
304 Main St., Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 292-0490

 D & D will notify each student applicant about the dietetic internship program to which he or she has been “matched”. The student must notify the matched Dietetic Internship Program Director by phone or email within 24 hours of the appointment day (i.e., 6 pm CDT the day after the appointment day) to confirm acceptance of the internship assignment.

Second Round Match Procedure

Should open positions exist, Murray State University follows the recommended procedures outlined by D & D Digital for second round match. Students wishing to be considered for open positions during this process should make their application available to Murray State University. Applicants should also email the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program notifying them the application has been made available. Appointments for open positions may begin being offered as outlined on the timeline provided by D & D Digital.

Application for admission to the Murray State Graduate School

Once accepted into the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program, the intern should then apply to the Murray State Graduate School. This application should be accompanied by the application fee payable to Murray State University. The Graduate School application and information may be obtained by contacting:

(270) 809-3779