Family and Consumer Sciences

Application Process

New for 2014:

  • The Ball State University Dietetic Internship has been approved for the Preselect Admission Option (outlined below.)
  • The Ball State University Dietetic Internship is approved for 24 interns per year.  This year, the program may fill up to 24 spaces in the Spring Match.  To allow interns more flexibility, interns can take additional, optional graduate classes before supervised practice.  (Note: This may be a better option for those that wish to obtain a graduate assistantship within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.)  That said, there will be a Supplemental Supervised Practice Selection Form to fill out (outlined below.)

Preselect Dietetic Internship Admission Option

The Preselect Admission Option is to offer qualified Ball State University students the opportunity to apply for admission and be granted direct admission into the program upon completion of the DPD and Bachelor of Science program requirements.  This option also applies to current students that have been admitted into the Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Program but have not been admitted into the Dietetic Internship.  Students applying to the Preselect Admission Option will commit to attending Ball State University Dietetic Internship the following school year and bypass the computer matching application process.

Preselect Admission Requirements:

Current BSU Students:

  • A minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA* on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current enrollment or completion of the core upper division nutrition courses (FCFN 455: Lifecycle Nutrition; FCFN 446: Medical Nutrition Therapy I) at Ball State University.   

*If applicable, Undergraduate and Graduate coursework will be considered in the cumulative GPA

Preselect Application Process:

1.) Apply to the Ball State University Graduate School 

All applicants to the Dietetic Internship at Ball State University must be accepted into the Graduate School at Ball State University and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to be considered an applicant to the Dietetic Internship.


  • Select Master’s Degree Option Nutrition and Dietetics Degree on the application.
  • You will need to submit official transcripts directly to the Graduate School. 
  • There is a $50 graduate school application fee. 

2.) Apply for Pre-select Admission to the BSU Dietetic Internship no later than fall semester of the senior year for pre-admission into the Dietetic Internship class for the following year. The application packet consists of the following completed information:

Completed application packets (placed in ONE envelope) can be hand delivered to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences or mailed (postmarked deadline December 13, 2013) to:   

Dietetic Internship Steering Committee
c/o Lydia Ballenger 
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 
AT 150 Ball State University Muncie, IN 47306   

Pre-select Option Selection Process and Notification:

1. Applications will be reviewed by the Dietetic Internship Steering Committee upon receipt of the fall semester grades and calculation of the final cumulative, Science, and DPD GPA.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection into the BSU Dietetic Internship by January 15, 2014. Those that are not preselected may still participate in computer matching.   

2. Selection criteria will include academic performance, faculty recommendations, personal statement, participation in professional or community organizations, extracurricular activities/sports, honors, and awards. Meeting minimum requirements for the Preselect Dietetic Internship Option does not guarantee acceptance into the Dietetic Internship Program.   

3. Students are accepted into the Ball State Dietetic Internship for the year immediately following completion of their undergraduate requirements.   

4. Written confirmation to the Dietetic Internship Director accepting the internship position is required by January 30th. Students preselected for internship positions are required to notify D& D Digital of their preselection and withdraw from the computer match if they have previous registered to participate in the Dietetic Internship computer match. 

5. Admittance into the BSU Dietetic Internship is contingent on maintaining cumulative GPA, a minimum grade of a B in all DPD course requirements, and completion of all DPD requirements.

  • The BSU DI will vary from year-to-year the number of spots filled via the Preselect Admission Option. In any given year, the number of spots filled via the Preselect Admission Option will not exceed 12 out of 24.  The remainder of the spots will be filled by computer matching.   


Computer Matching

Computer Matching Application Requirements:

  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum 3.0 DPD GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum 2.75 Science GPA on a 4.0 scale

Computer Matching Application Process:

1.) Apply to the Ball State University Graduate School

All applicants to the Dietetic Internship at Ball State University must be accepted into the Graduate School at Ball State University and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to be considered an applicant to the Dietetic Internship.

  • Select Master’s Degree Option Nutrition and Dietetics Degree on the application.
  • You will need to submit official transcripts directly to the Graduate School.
  • There is a $50 graduate school application fee. 


2.) The Ball State Dietetic Internship will be using the online dietetic internship centralized application process (DICAS) for the 2014 Spring Computer Match.

  • Applications and letters of reference must be submitted through DICAS at http://portal.dicas.org by February 15, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. (Central).
  • As part of the application, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent, postmark by February 15, 2014 to the following address:

DICAS Transcript Department  P.O. Box 9118 Watertown, MA 02472

  • There is a Supplemental Supervised Practice Selection Form to fill out.  Please submit via DICAS and upload as a supplemental document.
  • Please contact DICAS at dicasinfo@dicas.org or 617-612-2855 for questions about the application process or fees. 
  • In addition to completing the application, applicants must also register online with D&D Digital to participate in the computer matching process. A list of selected programs must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. (Central) February 15, 2014.
  • Refer to the Computer Matching Checklist.
  • Notification Day is April 6, 2014.

Please note the following: 

  • Interviews are not a part of the application process at this time.
  • The BSU DI does not require a separate program application fee. 
  • The same letters of reference from the DICAS application will be used to determine acceptance into the Graduate School at Ball State University and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  No need to submit additional letters of reference.  The Graduate School will require official transcripts be sent directly to them. 
  • All those accepted into the Dietetic Internship must complete a minimum of 9 graduate credits from Ball State University and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to the start of the internship.
  • Interns will earn 9 graduate credits during the internship and must earn a 3.0 or higher in each Dietetic Internship Graduate Class.
  • Following the completion of the internship, interns may choose to continue their studies at Ball State University and earn a Masters in:
    • Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (thesis option)
    • Masters of Arts in Nutrition and Dietetics (non-thesis option)
  • For more information about Master’s Degrees offered in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University contact the Graduate Director:
  • For more information about the BSU DI, please contact the Dietetic Internship Director: