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

Application for Admission

PLEASE NOTE: Auburn University will be using DICAS and will be put into the system on the first day of the second round selection period along with dietetic internship programs. For the April 2017 match, the date is Thursday, April 6, 2017, for submission of materials and ends Thursday, April 27, 2017. Admission notification may occur as early as Saturday, April 8th at 12:00p (central time) and will continue through Thursday, May 4, 2017. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application materials as early as possible as application reviews will end immediately after all open 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 to the Director, Graduate Clinical Education Programs no later than April 27, 2017. A completed application for admission MUST include the following:

  • Copy of DICAS internship application saved in html format
  • 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 2017
April 6th, 2017 – First Day for 2nd Round Application Submission
April 8th, 2017 – First Day of Notification to Applicant of Admission Decision (Email)
April 27th, 2017 - Deadline for Submission of Completed ISPP Application for Admission
May 4th, 2017 – Final Day of Notification to Applicant of Admission Decision (Email)
May 11th, 2017 – Final Day for Student to Notify of Acceptance Decision to the ISPP
May 19th, 2017 – Submit Application to the Graduate School, Auburn University
Available online at

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) and is based on Summer 2015 tuition figures.

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 and at: