Master's in Nutrition Non-Thesis Option: Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) Experience

Application for Admission

PLEASE NOTE: The Auburn M.S. Nutrition, Non-thesis Option with ISPP is using DICAS to receive applications and will be available in the system on APRIL 12, 2018. During the second-round match, applicants are required to apply to the Auburn MS-ISPP through DICAS. Admission decisions and notifications will occur on a rolling basis, beginning as early as April 13, and will continue until all seats are filled.

Admission Criteria

  • Verification statement from an accredited DPD
    (completed within the last five years)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and DPD GPA of 3.2.
  • Grade of "C" or better in all DPD required courses
  • Be eligible for admission to Auburn University Graduate School


To be eligible for consideration for admission to the Masters in Nutrition with ISPP experience, the candidate must submit all application materials through DICAS. A completed application for admission MUST include the following:

  • Verification Statement from an accredited DPD program
    (within the last 5 years)
  • Documentation of non-match for internship - in order to be eligible for the ISPP, the candidate must have applied for and not matched for a dietetic internship
  • GRE scores
  • Resume -- should demonstrate evidence of leadership, paid or volunteer experience in dietetics or nutrition related experiences including time spent in a hospital setting
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (unofficial acceptable for initial review); official transcripts will be required by the Graduate School
  • Three letters of recommendation -- the letters must attest to the applicant's motivation and potential to succeed in the M.S. in Nutrition and specifically ISPP practicum components
  • Personal statement -- must demonstrate an ability to communicate well, both clearly and concisely, and must adequately address in less than 1000 words:
    • Why the applicant wants to enter the dietetics profession
    • What experiences the applicant has had that helped prepare him/her for a career in dietetics
    • The applicant's short- and long-term goals
    • The applicant's strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement
    • Reasons why the applicant thinks he/she should be selected for Auburn's Master's in Nutrition with ISPP experience

NOTE: Application to the Graduate School will need to be submitted immediately AFTER acceptance to the ISPP option. Candidates should be prepared to forward official transcripts and official GRE or GMAT scores. Please do NOT submit materials to the Graduate School prior to acceptance to the Auburn ISPP. Students admitted to the ISPP MUST be admitted to the Graduate School, Auburn University in order to access the ISPP Experience.

All application materials should be submitted on DICAS. Questions, please contact::

Donna O. Burnett, PhD, RD
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, & Hospitality Management
102F Poultry Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4261;

Timeline for Admission Fall Semester 2018
April 12, 2018 - First Day for 2nd round match application submission through DICAS
April 13, 2018 - Rolling acceptance and notification begins and will continue until all ISPP seats are filled
May 18, 2018 - Final Day for candidate to notify ISPP of acceptance decision
May 21, 2018 - Candidates accepted to the ISPP should submit application to the Auburn University Graduate School

ISPP Estimated Costs
Required Estimated Cost
White lab coat
Black pants
White Polo Shirt
Black Baseball Cap
Slip-resistant closed toed shoes
TB Screen (Mantoux) (annually)
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Immunizations (if not UTD)
Flu Shot (annual)
Background Check
Drug Screen
Professional Liability and Experiential Learning Insurance
Name Tag
Transportation to field sites
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership
Health Insurance (Auburn – United Healthcare)
Local District Dietetic Association Student Membership
State Association Meeting (registration and travel) Tuition
$800 (variable)
$260 (variable)
$200 (variable)
Optional but Encouraged Activities
Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE)
*Health insurance may be required by some supervised practice facilities.

Tuition and Fees

ISSP Experience: The tuition for NTRI 7016 Advanced Practicum in Dietetics is $1000/credit hour. Nine credit hours are required to complete the supervised practice. The table below outlines costs based on the recommended plan of study (see curriculum).

Course Tuition and Fees Resident Non-Resident Distance
NTRI 7016 Advanced Practicum in Dietetics
(ISPP Experience 9 credits)
Didactic Courses (required 25 credits)
TOTAL (estimated)




Financial Aid

The University's Office of Student Financial Services provides information on financial assistance to students. Additional information about tuition and fees can be found in the ISPP Student Handbook.