Program Costs

Estimated MS/DI Tuition and Fees for 2021 cohort ***

MDI Application Fee*


Program Enrollment Fee**^ $11,000
39 Graduate Credits, Tuition + Fees*** (Resident)  $13,158
39Graduate Credits,Tuition + Fees*** (Non-Resident) $17,015

$24,213 Resident)

$28,070 (Non-Resident)

Estimated Non-Degree DI Tuition and Fees for 2021-22 cohort **

MDI Application Fee* $55
Program Enrollment Fee**^ $11,000
12 Graduate Credits Tuition Fee** (Resident) $4,088
12 Graduate Credits Tuition Fee** (Non-Resident)         $5,275

$15,143 (In-State)

$16,330 (Out-of-State) 

*The nonrefundable MDI application fee is separate from the DICAS application fee and should be postmarked by the application deadline. 

**All fees subject to change according to Montana Board of Regents directive updates. 

^The nonrefundable $1,000 down payment paid upon acceptance to MDI will be applied to the Program Enrollment fee. The Program Enrollment fee is assessed during the supervised practice hours.

*** Tuition fees for the MS/MDI degree are based on estimated graduate level tuition and student fees for the current year and are subject to change.

The Program Fee Includes:

  • Professional liability insurance coverage
  • MSU library access
  • Program activities associated with orientation, professional development, supervised practice, graduation week, MTAND Food & Nutrition Summit, and RDN exam preparation.

Estimated Annual Intern Living Expenses*

Travel (will vary according to location, vehicle and insurance) $500
Housing (will vary according to individual situation) $4,000-5,000
Optional books and supplies $100-300
Medical exams, immunizations, etc. $150
Health insurance (will vary according to coverage) $2000
Laptop computer with internet capability $1,200
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics student membership $58
CastleBranch (background check, drug screen and immunization records) $140

* This is only an estimate of possible expenses. Some expenses may not be incurred, while others may be less or more depending on individual situations and choices.

Financial Aid

Both programs, MS/MDI and MDI, provide graduate level credits and meet the requirements for federal financial aid. Additionally, other assistance may be available to interns in the form of scholarships and short-term loans depending on individual eligibility. Loan information and applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid Services located in the Student Union Building at MSU-Bozeman or on the MSU website. The MSU Financial Aid Office telephone number is (406) 994-2845. 


MDI has several individual scholarships available. In 2019-2020, MDI awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to 17 incoming interns. Information on applying is provided to the incoming MDI class.

Scholarships will be awarded prior to the start of supervised practice hours. 

Interns may also want to consider national scholarship programs and are encouraged to apply directly to:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Contact information for questions regarding the AND application process can be directed to

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

(800) 877-100, ext. 1133

Or email:  [email protected]