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The NDI at SDSU consists of one plan of study track. The NDI and current undergraduate DPD program at SDSU is in the process of transitioning to an ACEND Graduate Degree Future Education Model (FG). The FG program will be a 2+3 year accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program with supervised experiential learning experiences incorporated during year 3-5 with the first class planned for acceptance in 2022.

The NDI will accept a class of new interns for the 2021 and 2022 academic years. The last NDI class will be the 2022 interns with planned graduation in 2024. The NDI 2021 class of 10 students is complete. The NDI will plan to select a total of 8 students in 2022 with up to 8 of the students during the preselect process in the fall of 2021 (see preselect eligibility below). If 8 qualified students are selected for the 2022 class during the preselect process, the NDI will not participate in the 2022 computer match and will post information to this website accordingly.

The NDI is a Master’s degree seeking program, requiring coursework and a thesis or non-thesis option to meet graduate degree requirements + supervised practice hours for the dietetic internship. Completion in 22 months: supervised practice rotation hours completed in the final year.

The NDI program will consider students who have:

  • A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program and a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited college or university. If a Declaration of Intent to complete an ACEND-accredited DPD program is provided during the application process, a DPD verification statement will be required before actually beginning the program.
  • Computer Matching Process GPA eligibility: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • TOEFL (department requirements): 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 Internet-based; IELTS 6.0. Only applicable for International students.
  • GRE: Required for applicants who did not graduate with a baccalaureate degree from SDSU. A minimum of 300 is preferred.
  • Completed a DICAS application by the due dates specified in the NDI handbook.

Pre-Selection Process

Up to 12 individuals may be selected during the preselect process for the SDSU NDI. To be eligible for the preselect application process, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in the SDSU DPD Program with plans to complete by May of the Spring semester.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system

Past graduates and current SDSU graduate students who have a degree from the SDSU DPD program are not eligible to apply during the preselect process but are encouraged to apply during the computer matching process.

Interested preselect eligible students should contact the NDI Program Director, Becky Jensen for an application. There is no fee associated with the preselect NDI application.

The preselect application will be due by midnight on December 15th of 2020.

Preselect applicants will not be required to complete a DICAS application or register with D&D Computer Match.
Preselect applicants will not be required to complete an SDSU graduate school application unless they are accepted into the NDI. If accepted into the NDI, students will receive instructions for SDSU graduate school application completion.

Faculty within the department of health and nutritional sciences and the NDI Program Director will evaluate preselect applications. Selection criteria evaluated include academic record, work and volunteer experiences, awards, scholarship, service, references and personal statement.

Notification of acceptance or rejection into the SDSU NDI for pre-select eligible applicants will occur by December 23rd via an email from the NDI Program Director. The number of pre-selected applicants that have been accepted into the SDSU NDI will be posted on the NDI website by January 1st of each calendar year. 

Interns accepted into the SDSU NDI program thru the pre-selection process must withdraw from DICAS and D&D Computer Match if they were registered. The SDSU NDI Program Director is required to e-mail a list of all preselected applicants who have accepted the internship to D& D Digital on February 1 of each calendar year.  If an applicant is not pre-selected, they may apply again to the SDSU NDI through the usual computer matching process.  

Computer Matching Process

Program slots not filled through the pre-selection process will be filled through participation in the computer matching process via the D&D Digital Systems Computer Matching Process and DICAS Central Application System.

Deadlines will be in compliance with the spring internship match guidelines and all application materials will be submitted through the DICAS system. Additional deadlines and instructions regarding the Spring match can be viewed on the D&D Digital DI Matching Home webpage.

The prospective intern applicant is responsible for any fees associated with the DICAS application and D&D Digital. DICAS fees are $45 to submit the first application to 1 program designation and $20 for each additional designation. D&D Digital registration is $55.

DICAS Application

DICAS application opens to allow applicants to begin their application in early December of each calendar year and closes in February of each calendar year. The dates specific to the DICAS spring cycle application year can be found through the DICAS portal.

Instructions for completing the DICAS application are also included on the above website and should be reviewed thoroughly by the applicant prior to submitting their application. Preselect eligible DICAS applications are due by Jan. 15 of each calendar year and deadlines for the DICAS application for applicants participating in the computer matching process will be in compliance with the DICAS and D&D Spring Cycle Deadlines.

DICAS application checklist for the SDSU NDI:

  • Personal Statement - In addition to the personal statement points suggested in DICAS, include the following: Why does the SDSU NDI appeal to you and why do you think it could be a good fit to meet your goals? Describe your academic interests and areas of study and research that most interest you. Word limit is 1,000 words or less.
  • Resume
  • References - Three references are required with at least one reference from faculty in the undergraduate DPD dietetics program and at least one reference from an employer or volunteer work supervisor.
  • Application Certification
  • Program Designations
  • Transcripts
  • DPD Course List Form
  • Applicant and Educational Information
  • GRE score - required for any students who did not complete their undergraduate DPD in dietetics program at SDSU. The GRE is not required for students who completed their undergraduate degree or graduate degree from SDSU or for students who already have a graduate degree from any university.
  • TOEFL - Only required for international students.

Incomplete DICAS application packets will not be considered. All components of the DICAS application must be completed.  In the Awards, Experience and Volunteer Activities section, applicants are encouraged to be as thorough as possible. If awards, etc. were not received, indicate none instead of leaving the section blank.

The SDSU NDI does not have a separate application or application fee for the preselect or computer matching process apart from the application and fees associated with DICAS and D&D as noted above.

Selection Process

The SDSU NDI selection committee which is comprised of the NDI Program Director, HNS faculty and preceptors from management, clinical and community will review applications, score on a 100-point scale and provide feedback for selection consideration. Selection criteria evaluated include academic record, work and volunteer experiences, awards, scholarship, service, references and personal statement.

If selected into the SDSU NDI, admission is conditional and final approval will be dependent on the following:

  • A signed Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program if not already provided during the application process.
  • An official transcript, listing the undergraduate degree from the ACEND-accredited DPD program.
  • SDSU Graduate School acceptance. All applicants will be required to complete the SDSU Graduate School application found on the SDSU Graduate School webpage. The SDSU Graduate School application does not have to be completed until an intern has been selected to the NDI. Once accepted into the SDSU NDI, the Program Director will provide preselected and computer matched interns with further direction for completion of the online SDSU Graduate School application. Accepted interns will be responsible for paying the $35 application fee at the time of application.
  • Criminal background check. The background check will be completed by Verified Credentials. The NDI Program Director will provide specific instructions and a program code for completing the background check.

Acceptance Updates

Class Size

The SDSU NDI can accept up to 15 interns each year. Up to 8 interns can be accepted during the preselect process (2016-2020). Starting in 2021, the NDI can accept up to 12 interns during the preselect process. Notification on this website of the number of interns selected during the preselect process for 2021 will be posted by January 1, 2021. The SDSU NDI participates in the Spring Computer Match Process and follows the D&D Digital matching calendar for due dates.


  • 2016 – The SDSU NDI selected 8 applicants during the preselect process.
  • 2017 – The SDSU NDI selected 3 applicants during the preselect process.
  • 2018 – The SDSU NDI selected 2 applicants during the preselect process.
  • 2019 – The SDSU NDI selected 4 applicants during the preselect process.
  • 2020 – The SDSU NDI selected 2 applicants during the preselect process.
  • 2021 – The SDSU NDI selected 8 applicants during the preselect process

Spring Match

  • 2016 - The SDSU NDI was matched with 7 applicants during the 1st round of the Spring D&D Computer Match.
  • 2017 - The SDSU NDI was matched with 7 applicants during the 1st round of the Spring Computer Match and the remaining 5 slots were filled during the 2nd round Spring Match.
  • 2018 - The SDSU NDI filled their open slots of 11 during the 1st round match and appointment day process.
  • 2019 - The SDSU NDI filled 9 slots during the 1st round computer match and 2 slots during the 2nd round phase. 
  • 2020 - The SDSU NDI filled 10 slots during the 1st round computer match and 1 slot during the 2nd round phase.
    • The class is now closed for the 2020 fall start date with 13 total interns (preselect + match).
  • 2021 - The SDSU NDI filled its class with 2 during the 1st round computer match. The total class size for 2021 is 10 and is closed for any 2nd round considerations.

Please contact the Program Director, Becky Jensen or call 605-688-6619 with any questions about the program or application process.

Please see the SDSU NDI Handbook for additional information: