Master of Clinical Nutrition Admissions Requirements
Minimum admission requirements for the MCN Program align with admission requirements for dietetic internship programs and graduate programs at Texas A&M:
- Original Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited DPD program or declaration of intent to complete academic requirements by start of the fall semester in August. Note: Verification statement must be no older than 5 years at the start of the dietetic internship program.
- By the start of the Fall academic school year, a minimum of a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. regionally accredited university or college OR foreign equivalent as verified by a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) approved nonprofit agency (Approved nonprofit agencies available at ACEND website);
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or better, with overall GPA of 3.25 preferred;
- International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or 80 (Internet based);
- Selected applicants will be asked to complete a phone interview.
While not part of the program admission requirements, participation in the supervised practice or internship component of the MCN Program requires proof of vaccination status, including:
- Hepatitis B Virus
- Measles, mumps & rubella
- Tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis
- Meningococcal (Required by Texas A&M University at start of graduate program unless student is 22 years of age or older)
- Seasonal flu
- COVID -19 (currently required by clinical partners for most sites)
Master of Clinical Nutrition Application Process
Application to the MCN program is a two-step process. Qualified applicants must first apply to the Dietetic Internship (DI) Program and, once matched to the program, apply to the MCN Program under the Graduate Programs in Nutrition.
Step 1: DICAS Application Process
The Texas A&M Dietetic Internship program participates in the computerized Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) for the spring application process. Specific instructions on the DICAS application process as available from the DICAS portal.
Following are required elements of the DICAS application:
- Official academic transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include at least one academic reference from the DPD program and one from a current or recent employer.
- Personal statement must also be included. Recommended Personal Statement Guidelines can assist the applicant in preparing this letter.
- An interview by the Dietetic Internship Selection Committee may be requested.
- Application and ranking set with D&D Digital Systems;
- A non-refundable application fee of $25. Send a check or money order made payable to “TAMU Dietetic Internship Program” mailed to:
Karen Geismar, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC
Dietetic Internship Director, Senior Lecturer
Department of Nutrition
College Station, TX 77843
Computer Matching Instructions
- Applicant needs to make a Digital DI Application File through DICAS. DICAS charges $50 for the first program applied to, then $25 for each additional program.
- Applicants must register online with D&D Digital Systems for ranking of DI program preference and computer matching. D&D Digital charges a $65 computer-matching fee.
- D&D Digital Systems will provide all applicants their personal matching results via posting on the D&D Digital Systems Web Site. D&D Digital Systems will provide all DI Directors the list of applicants matched to their program on match date. Applicants should contact D&D Digital Systems if matching results are not available to them via the Web site.
- Applicants who receive a computer match are responsible for contacting the DI Director and accepting or rejecting that match by email to the program director.
- As a participant in computer matching, it is expected that applicants who receive a match will adhere to the results of the match and accept the match. It is unacceptable to decline a match in order to pursue appointment to another supervised practice program.
- As a participant in the computer matching process, it is expected that applicants who do not receive a computer match will not contact any program with open positions until the allowed D&D date. This will allow the programs time to confirm acceptance from their matched applicants and determine the process they will use to fill open positions. In addition, please do not ask your Didactic Program Director to inquire about or contact programs with open positions prior to the allowed date.
D & D Digital Systems
3100 S. Riverside Dr.
PO Box 887
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: (515) 292-0409
Step 2: Graduate School Application Process
Once matched into the TAMU Dietetic Internship Program, selected interns will be contacted to apply to TAMU Graduate program, specifically the MCN Program. The graduate application will be submitted via GraduateCAS.
- Apply online at Texas A&M University GraduateCAS. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
- A nonrefundable $90 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $114 for international applicants is required to process an application for admission (no exceptions). Checks or money orders (U.S. currency) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. See the Office of Admissions for more information.
- For information about financial aid, please visit the Department of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
- For information on tuition and fees, please visit Student Business Services.
Official Transcripts and Records
- Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Note: You do not need to submit a transcript from Texas A&M University.
- Submit via the Applicant Information System (AIS) or mail to the Office of Admissions.
- If you are currently completing a degree you will need to submit more transcripts once it is complete.
- If you receive admission, you must submit all required original official transcripts (and diplomas) before registering for classes.
- International students: TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results.
- The institutional code for Texas A&M University for TOEFL score reporting is 6003. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination, please send to the Office of Admissions.
- International Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX 77842-4002
Additionally, a representative from the TAMU DI Program will reach out to the matched applicants with additional instructions.
Official transcripts must be received by A&M by the start of the graduate program.
Information about the application process is available at Texas A&M Admissions website.
Please contact the representative from the TAMU DI Program for more questions regarding the graduate program application and admissions process:
For questions, please contact:
Karen Geismar, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Dietetic Internship Director
Graduate Programs Coordinator, Program Coordinator II
Karen Geismar, MS, RDN, LD
Dietetic Internship Director, Senior Lecturer