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Master of Science in Nutrition & Metabolism

Students in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism MS/DI combined program are trained to become credentialed registered dietitian nutritionists. Students receive in-class, online, and hands on training opportunities in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, research laboratories, and in the community. Our MS/DI graduates typically find employment in clinical nutrition or nutrition counseling while some have taken positions in school districts, corporate wellness, sales, or pursued additional education. UTMB PhD students and postdocs working with our research faculty through other departments typically complete postdoctoral fellowships while others move into industry or academic positions shortly after graduation.

Program Overview

  • The UTMB MS/DI combined program is specifically intended for those seeking eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN).
  • Our 16-month, 44 credit Master of Science + Dietetic Internship combined program begins every Fall and ends the following December.
  • We participate in the Spring DICAS matching process and aim to enroll 20 students every Fall semester.
  • In Fall 2020, our program concentration shifted to Patient/Client-Centered Care, a fundamental component of high-quality healthcare and a core competency for all health professionals. The previous program concentration was Clinical and Translational Research. For those interested in a research experience, all research opportunities will remain available as a selective/specialty rotation.
  • Supervised practice sites are located in Galveston and the greater Houston metropolitan area. Applicants are required to have their own reliable transportation.
  • The minimum overall GPA for first-round consideration is 3.0. Our first-round matched applicants' overall mean GPA is 3.66 +/- 0.27. First & second-round matched overall GPA is 3.58 +/- 0.3. Please see our admissions requirements page for further details.
  • Since our first MS/DI cohort began in the Fall of 2014, all 64 students (excludes those graduating Dec 2019) have completed the program on-time and we have RD/RDN exam first-time pass rate of 94% and an all-time pass rate of 100%. The mean national RD/RDN exam first-time pass rate since Jan 2017 to June 2019 is 71% and the national all-time pass rate is 90%.
  • Our department consists of three registered dietitian nutritionists and four federally funded research faculty engaged in a variety of basic, animal, human, and behavioral research involving muscle physiology, protein metabolism, and physical activity interventions. Students are encouraged to complete a supervised practice research rotation, but it is not required.
  • For more information about our program, view our pre-recorded Virtual Open House.

Graduate Degree Requirement for 2024

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a graduate degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) by December 31, 2023 before 12:00 Midnight (CST).

For more information about this requirement, please visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the Academy's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic technicians, registered. ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by ACEND.

The UTMB Dietetic Internship has been granted full accreditation status through 2024. For verification, you may contact ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

P: 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400
P: 312-899-0040
F: 312-899-4817
E: acend@eatright.org
W: www.eatright.org

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Department of Nutrition & Metabolism
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Galveston, TX 77555-1124
O: SHP/SON 2.250N
P: 409-772-2578
F: 409-772-2577
E: metabol@utmb.edu

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