Admission Requirements

1. Admission to Graduate School

2. A valid Verification Statement indicating completion of an ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or a Declaration of Intent from an ACEND Accredited DPD.

3. An official transcript indicating completion of a Baccalaureate of Science Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

4. A GPA of 3.0 or better in the physical and biological sciences is highly recommended and normally expected for admission to the Graduate School.

5. Participation in D & D computer matching and the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).

6. Additional Considerations

  • Recommendations
  • Evidence of leadership and dependability
  • Written/oral communication skills
  • Volunteer/Work Experience

Application Process

Students eligible for the graduate internship program must have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or related field with completion of ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements.  We participate in the D&D Digital computer matching process and the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).

  • Complete the online DICAS application form at by the February deadline (11:59 pm Central Time, February 15, 2024).
  • Pay required fees as indicated in the DICAS system.
  • Complete all steps required by DICAS system.

Register for Computer Matching through D&D Digital’s website.  Registration with the computer matching service requires a $65 fee, which can be paid online.  Submit match preferences by the given deadline (11:59 pm Central Time, February 15, 2024).

Once applicants receive notification from D & D Digital System of their acceptance  into the Program, they must email, Program Director, their decision to accept or decline the appointment within 24 hours.

D&D Digital Systems, Suite 301
304 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010 FAX 515-663-9427

Phone: 515-292-0490 |

In addition:

  • Complete Graduate School Application, including supporting documents by January 15.
    • Include three letters of recommendation (forms found within Graduate School Application)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (1 set for UMaine Graduate School and 1 set for DICAS)

For the University of Maine Graduate School application to be considered, applications must be received by January 15. Applicants must be accepted to graduate school, without conditions noted in their graduate decision letter, to be considered for an internship position. Applicants should be notified of the decision of the graduate school prior to internship notification in April.

Selection of an ISPP opening

Applicants to the University of Maine dietetic internship, who have been accepted to the graduate program, and did not match the program, may be notified by the Program Director of their eligibility to be a candidate for an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) based on their application ranking during the internship selection process. The ISPP is open to other students in the graduate program with DPD verifications. Once notified, ISPP candidates have 48 hrs to confirm their acceptance of an ISPP position by emailing the Director at

Current UMaine doctoral students are eligible to fill ISPP openings. Doctoral students should contact the Program Director for details.  Placement in an ISPP will occur toward the end of the doctoral student’s graduate program.

Graduate School Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due with the online graduate school application. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Maine and sent to the graduate school.

The Graduate School
University of Maine
5775 Stodder Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5775
(207) 581-3291