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 found on the main website under “Starting Your DICAS Application.”

The DICAS application for the Spring match cycle is generally available after December 1st .

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.

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 Street, Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.0490

D & D will notify each student applicant about the dietetic internship program to which they 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.

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