MPS Experiential Track (RDN Pathway) with Openings for Summer 2020 (apply now through April 15th)

The Dept. of Nutritional Sciences Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track is a competency-based Future Graduate program for students seeking the RDN credential and a master’s degree. 

We have a few remaining openings for qualified applicants during the post-match period.

 We are looking to add 15 qualified students to our 2nd class of the Experiential Track (starting Summer 2020); we will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis through April 15th.

 Program Details:

  • ACEND-accredited Future Graduate Program
  • 24-month long program; RDN exam eligible upon graduation
  • Core MPS curriculum with emphasis in leadership and advanced practice with capstone project
  • 39 credits in total (33 credits online + 6 credits in residence)
  • Online didactic coursework integrated with three semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (SEL) in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition–
  • Two geographic locations for SEL: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. (indicate preference upon application)
  • Program begins in the summer semester—May 18th, 2020—with online coursework only for this semester.
  • SEL’s start in the fall of year 1 through end of summer year 2, online coursework ONLY for the last 2 semesters of the program (fall and spring year 2)
  • Verification Statement not required to apply 
  • GRE scores NOT required

 Application Requirements: Students will apply through the Penn State Graduate School online application system only  (not DICAS). 

  • Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
  • Official Transcripts from Bachelor’s degree as well as transcripts from any other institutions where courses were taken towards the bachelor’s degree
  • NO GRE required
  • Documentation of 500 hours of volunteer and/or work experience of which 300 hours must be nutrition/dietetics related
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references
  • $65 Application Fee to the Penn State Graduate School

Application Timeline:

  • We are accepting applications for our remaining slots on a rolling basis up through April 15th, 2020

Questions? Please contact Shawnee Kelly at smc28@psu.edu

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