MSDI Pathway Partners OVERVIEW

Thank you for your interest in the MHC DI’s MSDI Pathway Partners. This pathway is available for applicants who want to pursue their graduate degree concurrently while completing the dietetic internship. 

The internship partners and coordinates with our MSDI Pathway Partners to allow students to enroll in a fully online graduate degree program while concurrently completing the dietetic internship. The internship and graduate degree are designed to be completed within 18 months. Depending on the university, students can enroll between 6 and 9 units per semester to provide foundational knowledge for the program. Students must complete at least 6 credit hours before the start of the internship. 

Note: Applications for the Fall 2025 Internship will open on August 5, 2024, and the application deadline for November decisions will be October 15, 2024, and March decisions will be February 15, 2024. All Compass/Morrison Employees and Priority Partner students are encouraged to utilize the November decision timeline for early decisions and admittance to our internship. 

The student must apply to both programs at the same time for collaborative admission. Students enrolled in MSDI programs with Auburn, Nicholls, Stony Brook, University of Arizona, and University of Tennessee Martin will automatically become eligible to participate in the MHC DI program. Students should indicate the university partnership and participation in the Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship in their DICAS application. Select the option “DI w/ online MS degree’ on the Morrison Healthcare DI supplemental applicationFor UA or TTU admission, programs will work together to review and notify the student’s acceptance.

Choose your university: 

Au burn University

Nicholls State University

Stony Brook University

Texas Tech University

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Tennessee Martin

Per the CDR 2024 Graduate Degree Requirement, after January 1, 2024, dietetic interns must complete all requirements of the dietetic internship and complete a graduate program to receive a DI verification statement and to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. We cannot accept interns who do not already have and are not planning to obtain a master’s degree.

Information about our DI Only Pathway can be found here. This pathway is for individuals with a master's degree or enrolled in a graduate program.

Questions? Our program director is happy to answer any questions you have and can support you throughout the application process. Please send any questions to Dr. Sunitha Zechariah, Program Director at