Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GRE if I am applying to the Non-Degree DI?

Yes. The GRE is a requirement for the Texas A&M Dietetic internship program, no matter which option they are applying to.

Do I have to move to Temple for 9 months?

The student will have to complete at least a few months of clinical rotations in Temple. There are some rotations in Bryan/College Station, Houston, and Dallas, as well as in Temple.

How long is your program?

The supervised practice is 9 months, from August through May. Interns in the DI-GC will have to complete either all or a majority of her graduate school and research obligations before starting the supervised practice. Most graduate students need a minimum of 24 months to complete graduate work on a Master of Science degree, longer for doctoral degrees.  This means, the time for completion of the DI-GC for a Master of Science degree is approximately 33 months. The courses selected and the nature of the research project determine how long the graduate degree will take. The DI-GC interns are not required to graduate prior to starting the supervised practice, but they must complete their research requirements, as there is very little time available to do so during the supervised practice.

Do I have to conduct research?

Those interns in the Dietetic Internship with Optional Graduate Credit (DI-GC) will most likely be expected to do research as part of their graduate program and write a thesis based on this original research. There are a variety of research opportunities within the departments of eligible graduate programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the various research topics and contact the graduate faculty for more questions on their research program. The exception may be for Master’s of Rural and Public Health. A thesis may not be required for this degree.

If I am applying the DI-GC, when should I start my application to graduate school?

Applicants to the DI-GC should start their graduate school application during the fall prior to the spring match. Coinciding with this, these applicants to the graduate program in Nutrition, Food Science, or Kinesiology should contact graduate faculty they may be interested in working with to learn more about their research program. It is recommended that the graduate school application be submitted by December 1st, but submitting the application beyond this date does not disqualify the applicant.

Is funding available for graduate school?

Yes. Over 90% of TAMU graduate students receive some sort of funding. TAMU offers research assistantships and teaching assistantships. If the student works at least 20 hours per week on an assistantship, they are eligible for the out-of-state tuition waiver and employee health insurance. There are no assistantships during supervised practice.

If I am applying to the DI-GC and am accepted into graduate school, will I automatically be accepted into the DI-GC?

While being accepted into graduate school is a requirement for the DI-GC, doing so does not mean the applicant will automatically be accepted into the DI-GC.




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