University of Central Arkansas 

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KADDI has established a partnership with The University of Central Arkansas to provide interns with the opportunity to enroll in a fully online, 36 credit- hour Master of Science program in Nutrition.  The program is designed to provide the knowledge and development for future Dietetic professionals and includes core course work in research and statistics, diet therapy, trends in nutrition, and business and entrepreneurship in the nutrition profession.  

KADDI has a memorandum of understanding with the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) for interns to earn nine credit hours toward the Master of Science in Nutrition by fulfilling supervised practice competencies through Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship. Students are not required to enroll in other courses during the internship period and the dietetic internship director assigns the grade for the nine hours delivered by supervised practice. The remaining 27 (non-thesis track) credits are completed online and taught by other UCA faculty.

  • Financial aid is available to cover course tuition and living expenses for students who qualify. 

  • Students do not need GRE scores 

  • Graduate program can accept up to 9 hours? of graduate coursework as transfer credit 

For additional information about the UCA MS program, please contact Alicia Landry at

Application Steps for MSDI

Step 1:  Apply to the Internship 

  • Please follow the application steps outlined on the website under the application process

    • All applicants will use DICAS to submit their application​

Step 2:  Apply to Graduate School 

Step 3: Online Matching Registration with DND Digital (

  • Students must participate in online matching 

  • Register with DND Digital.  Additional details provided under that application process. 

Coordination of Academic & Supervised Experiential Learning (FT track) - Spring Match

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Coordination of Academic & Supervised Experiential Learning (PT track) - Spring Match

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Graduation Requirements

  • Students who have already completed a graduate degree or started a graduate degree prior to applying to the dietetic internship should contact the director of the internship for options to complete the program

  • Successful completion of the dietetic internship and the master's degree allow the student to meet the requirement to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

  • Students must complete all requirements of the dietetic internship and possess a graduate degree to receive a verification statement.