Acceptance into the Combined Ph.D. /Dietetic Internship (PhD/DI) program requires acceptance into the University of Georgia graduate school. A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree, granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university is required. For international applicants, the foreign degree equivalency statement must be obtained from one of the following non-for-profit agencies that provide this service (for a listing of these agencies, see http://www.cdrnet.org).
In addition, applicants must have completed, or be in the process of completing, all of the requirements of an ACEND- accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics and have a Verification Statement before entering our Ph.D./DI program. Also applicants must be successfully computer matched to our program. Coursework must have been completed within the last 6 years. If you have not completed the required undergraduate dietetics coursework required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you are not eligible for the combined Dietetic Internship Program and Ph.D. program.
You can complete the UGA Graduate School application online. Once the department has received your completed application, the graduate committee will perform an initial screening. If the application passes the initial screening, it will be circulated to faculty to determine if a faculty member agrees to serve as your major professor. At least one faculty member must agree to serve as the major professor before the applicant is accepted for admission to the graduate program by the department. Those students who are accepted into the graduate program will then be considered for the computer match ranking for the DI program.
For International students, a TOEFL iBT score of 90 with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four exam sub-sections or IELTS score of overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0 is required for admission.
Please refer to the UGA Graduate School website for additional International Application Information.