Pre-select Dietetic Internship Admission Option

Purpose:

The purpose of the Preselect combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship Admission Option is to offer qualified McNeese State University undergraduate dietetic and DP students the opportunity to apply for admission into the McNeese State University Dietetic Internship/Master’s Program during their senior year and be granted direct admission into the program upon final acceptance and successful completion of the DP and Bachelor of Science program requirements. Students applying to the Preselect Admission option will commit to attending the McNeese State University combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship the year following undergraduate completion and bypass the computer matching application and selection Dietetic Internship process.

Admission Requirements:

Current MSU Students:
Students currently enrolled at McNeese State University who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Preselect Admission Option during their senior year.

  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the core Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP)*
  • A grade of C or better in DP coursework
  • Completion of the core upper division nutrition courses (NFSC 351: Advanced Nutrition, NFSC 352 Medical Nutrition Therapy I) at McNeese State University.
  • GRE scores
  • Application fee ($40)


Transfer Students:
Students that transfer into the McNeese State University's Department of Agricultural Sciences Nutrition and Food Science Degree (Dietetics) who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Preselect Admission Option during their senior year and/or after completion of Advanced Nutrition (NFSC 351).

  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their previous college and MSU course work
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the core Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP)*
  • Have completed a minimum of two full time semesters at McNeese State University
  • A grade of C or better in DP coursework
  • Completion of the core upper division nutrition courses (NFSC 351: Advanced Nutrition, NFSC 352 Medical Nutrition Therapy I) at McNeese State University.
  • GRE scores
  • Application fee ($40)

*DP GPA will be calculated using the courses outlined on the Preselect admission form.

 

Application Process:

1. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with their DP Director to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.

2. Interested, qualified applicants will apply using the DICAS online application no later than Jan. 10 for preadmission into the Dietetic Internship class for the following year. Pre-Select applicants will apply using the DICAS online application system. Every application will be reviewed by members of the Selection Committee.

3. Three letters of recommendation using the standard Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Waiver & Recommendation Form from McNeese State University Faculty and/or other professionals that can attest to your academic and/or professional attributes and support your application for the Preselect program must be submitted with the application packet on DICAS.

4. Letter of Application (s) including professional interests, goals, and personal attributes, etc that support(s) your candidacy for the MSU combined MS/Dietetic Internship. Must be submitted with the application packet on DICAS.

5. Statement of intent to complete a DP must be included in the Pre-select application and a Verification Statement of DP completion must be submitted by Jan.10 of the Internship Year. Must be submitted with the application packet on DICAS.

6. A resume listing prior work experience, honors, awards, and other relevant data should be included in the Pre-select application packet on DICAS.

7. GRE scores placed in DICAS

8. The completed application packet must be submitted to DICAS no later than Jan.10 for preadmission into the Dietetic Internship class for the following year.

9. Application fee can be hand delivered to the Dietetic Internship Director by the Jan. 10 to the Dietetic Internship Director, McNeese State University, Gayle Hall Room 118

 

Selection Process:

1. Applications will be reviewed by the Internship Selection Committee upon receipt of the fall semester grades and calculation of the final cumulative and DP GPA. Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection into the Dietetic Internship Program no later than January 15th prior to the scheduled Dietetic Internship year.

2. Selection criteria will include academic performance, faculty recommendations, participation in professional or community organizations, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, and the committee's assessment of the individual's ability to successfully complete the McNeese State University MS/Internship Program. Meeting minimum requirements for the Preselect Dietetic Internship Option does not guarantee acceptance into the Dietetic Internship Program.

3. Selection criteria for the internship will be based on personal statement and qualifications.

4. The total number of internship positions available for the Preselect Option is up to 10 annually. Any remaining positions following preselection will be filled through the computer matching process.

5. Students are accepted into the McNeese State University Dietetic Internship for the year immediately following completion of their undergraduate requirements.

6. Students notified of acceptance in the MSU Dietetic Internship but decide to participate in computer matching, pursue other educational/career options, or postpone the internship should do so by January 25 th before the scheduled Internship year with written notification to the Dietetic Internship Director and if applicable notify D & D Digital to participate in computer matching.

7. Admittance into the McNeese State University MS/Dietetic Internship is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 DP GPA, a minimum grade of a C in all DP course requirements and completion of all DP requirements.

8. It is the policy of the Department of Agricultural Sciences that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, creed, or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the selection process.

 

Applicant Notification:

1. Applicants will receive written notification from the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection into the Preselect Dietetic Internship Admission Option within 15 days after receiving the completed application. Failure to maintain academic and graduation requirements will compromise Internship placement.

2. Written confirmation to the Dietetic Internship Director accepting the internship position is required by January 25th.

3. Students entering the Dietetic Internship must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the McNeese State University Graduate School. The applications to the Dietetic Internship and Graduate school are separate application processes. Applications for the Internship must be submitted using the DICAS online application no later than Jan. 10 for preadmission into the Dietetic Internship class for the following year.

4. The application for the graduate school should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the Internship. There is a graduate school application fee. The graduate school application should be submitted directly to the Graduate School. The process and forms for Graduate school application are available at http://www.mcneese.edu

5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, Earned a minimum score of 286 on the combined verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE).GRE scores need to be placed in DICAS.

6. Final transcripts, DP verification will need to be submitted prior to beginning the internship program.

 Pre-Select applicants will apply using the DICAS online application system

  • Complete the application in DICAS
  • Application letter in DICAS
  • 3 letters of reference in DICAS
  • Resume: A current summary of your academic, employment and professional activities. Please include your email address. Place in DICAS
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and placed in DICAS
  • GRE scores placed in DICAS
  • Application fee ($40)