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MS Applied Nutrition Application Instructions & Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or a foreign degree evaluated as equivalent to at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of 750 hours experience from a combination of any of the following experiences:
    • Volunteer experience (unaffiliated with course requirements)
    • Paid work experience
    • Collegiate athletics
    • Student organizations
    • Other experiences
    • Completed application and all required templates

Note: A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Electronic Testing Services (ETS) Score Report is only required for those applying through the pre-select option, however applicants can provide GRE scores voluntarily. A combined quantitative + verbal score of 290+ is recommended.

Supervised Experiential Learning Locations and Remote Distance Option

  • Field experience courses require in-person supervised experiential learning.
  • All other coursework is 100% online.
  • Supervised experiential learning can be completed in multiple areas:
    • Southeast Missouri
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Southern Illinois
    • Anywhere in the United States through the Remote Distance Option
      • (Note: Supervised experiential learning cannot occur outside of the United States)
  • Registered Dietitians and students with a Dietetic Internship verification statement can complete the degree without the field experience courses. Email msan@semo.edu for more information about this option.

Remote Distance Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into the Remote Distance option of the MSAN program, applicants must meet all of the application and admission requirements and the following:

  • Written commitment from qualified individuals that have agreed to precept the applicant.
    • A minimum of 3 preceptors must be identified, with 1 preceptor from each of the following practice areas: clinical, food service management, and community.
    • To determine if preceptors are qualified, applicants are required to arrange preceptors and rotation prior to applying. Applicants must provide preceptor resumes or curriculum vitae. Program Directors will evaluate credentials and determine if a preceptor is qualified for the rotation based on the relevance and level of the preceptor’s credentials and work experience.
    • You will need to download the preceptor qualifications template.
  • A proposed rotation schedule that includes preceptor and facility information for each of the major rotations: clinical, community, and food service management.

Application Instructions and Materials

To apply for acceptance into the MSAN program, follow these directions:

  1. Complete the graduate school application.
    • Note: There is no cost to apply for U.S. Citizens and Permanent residents.
      There is a $40, non-refundable, application fee for International students (those who are not permanent residents or U.S. citizens)
  2. Download and complete the MSAN application document
  3. Download and complete the Personal Statement Essay
  4. Download and complete the Experience Record
  5. Complete the required templates for the program option to which you are applying:
  6. Obtain required documents
    • Applicants currently enrolled in undergraduate DPD programs provide the following documents
      • Completed MSAN Application
      • Completed Personal Statement Essay
      • Completed Experience Record
      • Completed DPD Director Verification Statement Progress Confirmation
      • Academic Advisor Expected Graduation Confirmation
      • Unofficial transcript indicating current class schedule
    • Applicants currently enrolled in the Southeast Missouri State University undergraduate DPD program applying through the pre-select option provide the following documents:
      • Completed MSAN Application
      • Completed Personal Statement Essay
      • Completed Experience Record
      • Completed DPD Director Verification Statement Progress Confirmation
      • Academic Advisor Expected Graduation Confirmation
      • Unofficial transcript indicating current class schedule
      • GRE Score Report
    • Applicants with a DPD Verification Statement, Dietetic Internship Verification Statement, or the Registered Dietitian credential provide the following documents:
      • Completed MSAN Application
      • Completed Personal Statement Essay
      • Completed Experience Record
      • Official transcript indicating degree conferral
      • DPD Verification Statement or DI Verification Statement or verification of RD credential
      • 1 letter of recommendation
  7. Save all documents as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
  8. Create a zip file with all required PDF files.
  9. Title the PDF file with your first and last name and the words MSAN Application (e.g. “John Doe MSAN Application”)
  10. Email your application materials as the zipped file to msan@semo.edu
    • Include your first and last name and “MSAN application” in the subject line of the email.
    • If you are applying to through the pre-select option, also include “pre-select” in the subject line of the email.
  11. Applicants will be notified through email of selection decision and provided additional instructions in February, 2021.
    • Selected applicants are provisionally accepted once the Office of Admissions receives the official transcript. The Office of Admissions will send an acceptance letter and provide additional instructions.
    • Applicants are fully accepted once the Office of Admissions receives the applicant’s official transcript showing the conferred degree, and the MSAN directors have received the applicant’s DPD Verification Statement.

Notes

Selection committee reserves the right to contact faculty, advisors, DPD Director, or supervisors/facilitators of experience for additional information.

Email any application questions to msan@semo.edu

If you are only applying to the MSAN program without the field experience option, and not applying to the MSAN with field experience options, you can apply at any time. Seats in courses are limited and the program operates on a sequential, cohort model. Therefore, if you are not accepted into the program prior to the start of a cohort or if the cohort is full, you may be placed on a waiting list to enter the program. A DPD verification statement, DI verification statement, or verification of RD credential are required for this option.

Pre-Select Process

To apply for the MSAN program using the pre-select option, applicants must follow the steps outlined in the Application Instructions and Materials section above.

Applicants that satisfactorily meet Pre-Select qualifications will be provisionally accepted and notified within 48 hours of the application deadline, unless there are more qualified applicants than enrollment capacity.

  • If the number of qualified Pre-Select applicants exceeds enrollment capacity, a tie is broken by total GRE score.
  • In the event that a tie still exists after considering total GRE, a tie is broken by overall GPA, followed by DPD GPA, followed by Science GPA.

Once pre-selected students graduate and receive their DPD verification statements, they must complete the following steps:

  • Provide official transcripts that shows degree conferred to the Office of Admissions
  • Provide a copy of their DPD verification statements to the MSAN directors

Information for RDs or Dietetic Internship Graduates

Applicants who have completed an accredited Dietetic Internship program or who are already Registered Dietitians can complete the online courses without the field experience to earn this degree. See application instructions in Application Instructions and Materials section above for requirements and instructions. Email any application questions to msan@semo.edu.

Contact

573.651.2197
knr@semo.edu
Parker Hall 216

Office/Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701