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Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

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Graduate Requirements

Ouachita’s Dietetic Internship participates in the Dietetic Internship Match.

The Dietetic Internship Match is a computer-based method which provides an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for Dietetic Internships (DIs) with the preferences of DI Program Directors. The Academy contracts with a company called D&D Digital to operate the DI Match and help applicants obtain an Internship (supervised practice position).

If you have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by ACEND, you are eligible to participate in the Dietetic Internship Match:

  • Complete an application for the internship through the Dietetic Internship Central Application Service. There is no limit on the number of DI programs that students can apply to through DICAS. However, each program must be prioritized during the next stage of the process. If the DI Program you are interested in does not appear in the DICAS, check the DI program’s website for directions on how to apply or contact the DI Director.
  • Register for the DI match through D&D Digital. This step allows you to create, edit and verify the priorities for your choices of internships. Some programs do not participate in the match. This is because they only accept applications from students who are employed by that sponsoring institution.

Through the DICAS, program directors can access applications from interested applicants; however, they cannot see the information about the priorities of the choices. The programs only see the application from applicants who applied to their programs. The program director and other staff from each Dietetic Internship program screen applications and submit rankings for acceptable applicants, as well as indicating their maximum class size.

If you have questions about the centralized application, please contact DICAS customer support at 617-612-2855 or dicasinfo@dicas.org.

If you need assistance with computer matching, please contact D&D Digital customer support at 515-292-0490 or dnd@sigler.com.

Ouachita General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a personal statement
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

Ouachita MS/DI Program Admissions Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nutrition or related field from an accredited university. All official transcripts must be provided.
  • Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education program (FDE) obtained from the DPD director within the last five years. If the verification statement is greater than five years old, the student will be required to take a minimum of three hours of course credit in Clinical Dietetics and three hours of course credit in Administrative Dietetics.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of ≥ 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all nutrition and dietetic courses
  • Minimum GPA of ≥ 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all science courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on any graduate course work previously taken at another accredited institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation discussing the individual's potential for success in graduate study.
  • Exceptions to any admissions requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System.

Regular Status - Regular graduate student admissions status may be granted to applicants who meet general graduate admissions requirements and program-specific admissions requirements.

Provisional Status - Applicants may be granted Provisional admission status if they meet graduate and program-specific admissions requirements but have not yet submitted all required documents. Provisional status will be changed to Regular status once the applicant submits satisfactory documentation.

Conditional Status - Conditional graduate admission status may be granted to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree but otherwise fail to meet fully the general and specific degree admission requirements. Students admitted conditionally are on probation and must complete satisfactory course work to demonstrate that they are able to succeed in graduate study. A student on conditional admission may meet the requirements for regular graduate status by successfully completing nine semester hours of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.000. Students admitted conditionally must attain regular graduate status by the time they have completed 12 hours. Credits earned as a conditionally admitted student may apply toward the degree sought.

Special Status - Special graduate admission status may be assigned to a student who does not plan to meet requirements for a degree but wishes to earn additional credits.

Up to twelve hours of completed relevant coursework may be transferred in, at the discretion of the program director. Specific program requirements vary. Courses must have been completed within the last five years and must have a grade of B or above to be eligible to receive transfer credit. Dietetic Internship – No transfer credits will be accepted for the Dietetic Internship.

The Ouachita MS/DI participates in the pre-select option for students receiving a verification statement from the Ouachita DPD. Up to nine intern slots will be available for the pre-select option. The pre-select deadline is Jan. 15. It is open to all students who receive a verification statement or a Declaration of Intent to Complete from the Ouachita DPD. OBU’s $40 graduate application fee applies. Consideration for pre-selection does not require application to the Dietetic Inclusive Centralized Application Services (DICAS). The applicant will be notified confirming his/her acceptance status in the program prior to Feb. 1. If pre-selected, the applicant’s name and email are submitted to D&D Digital Systems, Inc. to ensure that the applicant will not participate in the computer match. If the applicant is not selected through the pre-select process, he/she may apply to any program including the Ouachita MS/DI through the computer matching process.

If you’re interested in applying to graduate programs but you’re not a U.S. citizen, contact your graduate admissions counselor, Angie Schleiff (schleiffa@obu.edu), before submitting an application. Due to visa requirements, requests from non-U.S. citizens are handled on a case-by-case basis and take extra time. Please inquire early in the process.

The State of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University requires students to show proof of immunity for MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Ouachita Baptist University must receive an immunization record that includes the MMR vaccinations. For more information please click here.


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