Combined MS-DI Program


How to apply to grad school?

Follow the instructions listed on the website below. Applications are due by May 15 for the fall semester.


How do I get a parking pass and student ID?

August 13-14 you can go to the Police building off of Ryan and get your parking pass and student ID. It is more cost effective to get the parking pass for one year than per semester.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the online portals that you can connect to your classes to communicate with other students, turn in assignments and access your grades.

When does the internship begin?

The internship begins in the spring semester. Your first week back in January you will have orientation that will acclimate you to your rotations.

What do I need before Internship?

To begin internship you need Professional Liability Insurance, a physical from your physician, updated shots, a TB test, and drug and background test. Dr. Hollingsworth will advise you when these need to be turned in.

Do we write a thesis?

No. At McNeese you will complete a research project and paper, but it is a non-thesis program.

What are comprehensive exams (COMPS)?

As a graduate student at McNeese, comprehensive exams on select classes must be taken and passed in October/November before graduation. Your professors will advise you with more information as needed.

What is the primary focus of the McNeese MS-DI Program?

The McNeese DI is primarily focused on Nutrition Therapy and Health Promotion. A total of 564 hours will be completed in MNT/Clinical Nutrition, 352 hours will be spent in Community Nutrition and 320 hours will be performed in Food Service Management. An additional 64 hours will be obtained by each intern during a Staff Relief experience in which the intern has a preference of where he or she will work for 2-weeks as relief for the preceptor in either Clinical, Community or Food Service Management. A final 128 hours will be completed through internship class coursework.

What is the MS concentration?

McNeese MS-DI graduates are awarded a Masters of Science in Health and Human Performance concentrated in Nutrition & Wellness. Within the HHP curriculum, students will be enrolled in courses such as exercise physiology, research, and statistics in kinesiology and community health structures.

What type of clinical facilities do McNeese interns work in and what are they able to experience?

McNeese Dietetic Interns are offered a very unique experience due to the diversity of internship sites. Interns gain clinical experience in both urban and rural hospitals, veterans’ homes, and nutrition support-focused, bariatric and dialysis rotations. This gives interns the opportunity to work as a dietitian over specific units in a large hospital, as a single dietitian covering all patients in a rural hospital, or as a specialized dietitian working in renal, bariatric or nutrition support therapies. McNeese Interns have been able to observe modified barium swallow procedures, tube feeding placements and even sleeve gastrectomy surgeries while working at clinical rotation sites.

Is the DI program focused on Sports Nutrition?

The Masters Degree awarded by McNeese is from the Department of Health and Human Performance. The McNeese MS-DI program is not primarily focused on Sports Nutrition, however students will complete coursework pertaining to physiology and kinesiology and interns will gain experience working with a preceptor at a fitness facility employed by a local hospital.

How difficult is it to do DI and Masters work simultaneously?

The combined MS-DI program requires that interns practice good time-management skills and the ability to work independently as well as with classmates. The MS program is coordinated to be predominately online so that classwork can be completed while interns are also accomplishing assignments and work hours for DI.  

What is the general timeline for the program?

The combined MS-DI program is composed of four consecutive semesters over a course of 18 months. MS courses begin in the fall semester after match. During this semester, classes are online and interns may complete this coursework in the area in which they currently reside. In the spring, dietetic internship rotations begin along with the second semester of MS classes; therefore interns are advised to move to Lake Charles, La by January. The following summer, interns remain enrolled full-time with the DI class and continue rotations. During the second fall semester, interns are enrolled in the final courses and continue DI rotations through November. Interns will graduate in December.

How many interns are accepted into the McNeese MS-DI Program? Where do interns typically come from?

10 Interns are matched into the McNeese MS-DI Program. Each year, McNeese’s intern class is made up of interns from all parts of the country. Recent interns have been from Louisiana, Massachusetts, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, etc.

Can I be a Dietetic Intern without being enrolled in the masters program?

The combined MS-DI program requires that Dietetic Interns simultaneously complete MS coursework. The DI or MS in Nutrition and Wellness may not be completed independently.