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Dietetic Systems Leadership (Graduate)

Continue your training as a future dietitian to help others foster healthy relationships with food, with a special emphasis on understanding the role of sustainable food systems in nutrition practice.

Dietetic Systems Leadership – Master of Science (M.S.) and Non-Degree Graduate Internship

The Montana Dietetic Internship program at Montana State integrates experiences in clinical and community nutrition, along with food service management with a focus in sustainable food systems to provide a unique and progressive supervised dietetic practice experience to future registered dietitians. 

The Montana Dietetic Internshipoffers a Master of Science in Dietetic Systems Leadership/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) track. Students completing the two-year program will earn a MS degree and obtaina certificate that will qualify them to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.




“Without the connections I made through MDI, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to start my career as (a registered dietitian) immediately following my internship,” said Colleen Mickolio, a member of the first MDI class. “Many of the connections I made with MDI remain my friends and respected colleagues today.”




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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Towne’s Harvest Garden
At Montana State, students have the opportunity to work at the Towne’s Harvest Garden, a three-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm exploring community-supported agriculture.

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Nature’s Laboratory
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the certificate program and Graduate School offer include:

Learn By Doing

Regardless of track, students in the Montana Dietetic Internship have a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences through a 40-week internship program, which includes 1,315 hours of supervised practice. Interns will be assigned to one of eight geographic regions in Montana or Wyoming during the internship period. Locations in Montana include Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. Locations in Wyoming include Sheridan and Gillette. If desired, interns can indicate their top two location choices during the application process.





Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Dietetics program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Dietetics program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of Health and Human Development may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.