Integrated B.S./M.S. Plan B Nutrition Degree

Students will complete their 4th year as an undergraduate student and their 1st year as a graduate student at the same time, allowing students to complete an MS degree in a shorter time with less expense. This program is available to current undergraduate students majoring in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus in the Didactic Program in Dietetics or Nutrition Studies track. For those students planning to become a registered dietitian, this program may be of interest because all those taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians in 2024 will be required to have an MS degree.

Below is more information about the integrated degree opportunity, along with links to a sample class schedule and recommendation letter form.

For more information, please contact Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition Xiaoli Chen ( or Graduate Programs Coordinator Nancy Toedt (


Currently enrolled students in the Nutrition Studies or Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) tracks of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus undergraduate nutrition program

Application process:

Apply to the Nutrition Graduate Program by April 1* in the year before your final year, based on acceptable completion of required courses (see Sample Class Schedule above).  Undergraduate adviser can assist you with class sequencing.

*Exception: For 2018 applicants, the application deadline for the BS/MS Integrated program has been extended to July 1. See more information below. 

Admission criteria*

  • The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is required. There are no minimum required scores, though percentiles in each category should preferably be > 40%.
    For more information about taking the GRE see
  • Minimum preferred undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. (The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5)
  • 3 letters of recommendation: one from your academic adviser which indicates your eligibility for the program (available here - .docx) and two from nutrition course instructors.
  • Personal statement (indicating research interests) and diversity statement

For complete application instructions see:

*Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application Review:

The application deadline is April 1*. All applications will be reviewed after April 1 by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Up to five students will be  notified about selection into a cohort BS/MS Integrated Program by July 1.

*Exception: For 2018 applicants, the application deadline for the BS/MS Integrated program has been extended to July 1. Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and 2 Nutrition Graduate Program Faculty Members. Applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by August 15, 2018. Students who are admitted will enter the graduate program in the fall of their 4th year. The program will admit up to 5 students in 2018 and all admitted students will be assigned a graduate adviser.  

Fourth year:

  • Advised by an undergraduate program advisor
  • Complete undergraduate credits for a total of 120 undergraduate credits
  • Awarded a BS degree at the end of the fourth year or admission to the graduate program will be revoked.

Fourth and fifth year:

  • Advised by a graduate program faculty advisor
  • Complete 30 graduate credits and a Plan B research project
  • Serve as a paid or volunteer teaching assistant for two courses (60 hours each).
  • At the end of the fifth year, complete a final oral examination and present a graduate seminar

Admitted BS/MS students who are also completing the DPD track will not automatically be admitted to the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship. Internship acceptance and placement for BS/MS graduate
students who are in the DPD track will be highly competitive, rather than automatic. If a BS/MS student receives DPD verification, they are eligible to apply to the pre-select option for the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship. If selected, the Dietetic Internship would begin Fall following the 5th year. The selection process to obtain placement in the UofM-TEP DI is highly competitive. If selected, retaining your spot in the internship is contingent upon adequate performance in all aspects of your graduate role and completion of all degree requirements prior to the start of the internship or a contract with an agreeable timeframe for completion signed by the faculty adviser, DGS and Carrie Peterson.