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Simmons University Master of Science - Dietetic Internship Program

Earn your MS degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion online and complete the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam in just two years!

The partnership between the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship and the Simmons College online Master's Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion will enable students a unique opportunity to earn a Masters of Science degree from Simmons College and complete their dietetic internship to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam.  Both programs will be offered using a distance education model allowing students to meet the requirements to become an MS, RDN in the location of their choice. 

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Scholarships are available!
Program Information

Simmons University's MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion can be completed fully online in 2-years. Students will develop an advanced understanding of nutrition, health promotion, fitness and wellness and the expertise to assess future research in these areas. 

  • Students choose from two concentrations:

    • Research- provides students with the knowledge and skills to conduct research and the opportunity to complete an original research project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

    • Nutrition Entrepreneurship- provides students with the business knowledge and skills they need to develop an entrepreneurial venture in the food and nutrition field and an opportunity to complete a business plan in their area of interest.

Program & Application Requirements
  • There is no separate application process for Simmons University. Interested applicants only need to mark Simmons University on their supplemental application to apply.

  • GPA of 3.0 or better is required in the prerequisite courses and the cumulative GPA.

  • View the full list of prerequisite courses.

Program Timeline 
  • Accepted students will complete a minimum of 2 courses each semester as well as 16-25 supervised rotation hours per week.

    • Prospective interns are required to find qualified preceptors in the areas of clinical nutrition, food service management, community nutrition, and a concentration to complete the internship requirements. Sites and preceptors are subject to approval by Wellness Workdays DI. 

  • Coursework begins in September with Simmons University (distance education). All coursework is completed online.

  • Students will complete their internship requirements and master's degree requirements concurrently accroung to one of the plans below.

Course requirements for MS Nutrition & Health Promotion, Entrepreneurship Track

*Fall interns begin courses in January

Course requirements for MS Nutrition & Health Promotion, Research Track

*Fall interns begin courses in January

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • WWDI program tuition is $12,000 and paid separately from Simmons University tuition.
  • WWDI Interns are eligible to receive scholarships for Simmons University tuition.  For more information on tuition and financial aid, click here.

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate and complete the internship requirements, students must earn a graduate degree, satisfy the minimum 1000 supervised practice hours, all didactic hours, assignments, rotation evaluations, practice exams and complete an exit interview at program completion. For the Master of Science degree, students must complete the required courses (31-32 credits).

  • Following successful completion, you will receive a Verification Statement and your name will then be submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) by the WWDI Program Director as evidence of eligibility to sit for the (RDN) credentialing exam.  Students will graduate in May of program year two with a Master of Science degree from Simmons University. 

Additional Information
WWDI has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Simmons University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Who Should Apply?

Students who have or will be completing a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program accredited by ACEND and be receiving a DPD verification statement.

This program is ideal for recent graduates who hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree as well as those with an interest in registered dietitian programs seeking to change careers.

When & How
To Apply?

Deadline is February 15th for Spring Applications

Deadline is November 15th for Fall Applications


Applicants must apply through the DICAS system and complete a WWDI Supplemental Application. Please see the How to Apply page for more information.



Questions about our internship tracks, graduate programs, concentration offerings and more may be answered on our website or are Frequently Asked Questions page.

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