Are you interested in our Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  • To start classes in Spring 2023 – December 26, 2022
  • To start classes in Summer 2023 – April 30, 2023
  • To start classes in Fall 2023 – Apply by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday, two weeks prior to the start of the term. Start of term dates can be found on our Academic Calendar

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Applications are $60 per program. You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar;
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni;
  • current Ball State employee (full-time and benefits-eligible);
  • veteran or active-duty military;
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution;
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session.

If you are in one of the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation.

If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, DACA, or undocumented status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

If you were previously enrolled at Ball State but have not taken classes for more than a year—or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes—you need to select the “Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in your application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program;
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.
Applying to Spring 2023, Summer 2023, or Fall 2023

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association with Verification Statement from an ACEND-approved undergraduate program.
  • You must have earned a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (3.0 cumulative GPA preferred), 3.0 DPD GPA on a 4.0 scale, and 2.75 Science GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE is not required.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Supplemental form
    • You will need to complete the supplemental form affirming that you have submitted an internship application through DICAS and also register online with D&D Digital for computer matching OR are eligible for pre-selection and complete the pre-select option packet as part of your online application. See Step 5 for more details to applying to DICAS or completing the pre-select packet.
  • Transcripts from your highest earned degree. What is this?

Step 5: Review Department-Specific Information


A key part of our program will involve participating in the Ball State Dietetic Internship, to which you must apply separately. Consequently, your admission process is two-fold:

  1. Apply to Ball State University to be admitted to the degree program.
  2. Apply for the Ball State Dietetic Internship as a preselect or computer matching student. Preselect students will apply via email. Computer matching students will apply using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital for computer matching. See the BSU MS/DI Admission Overview document for more information.

The Ball State Dietetic Internship always participates in the Spring match; the program may participate in the Fall match. DICAS applications are typically due in February and September every year. Check with your program director, DICAS, or D&D Digital systems for specific details. Candidates must apply to the MS Nutrition and Dietetics program (not the “online” MS Nutrition and Dietetics program) at the same time they submit their DICAS materials.

Questions about DICAS? If you need assistance with the centralized application or have questions about fees, please contact DICAS customer support at 617/612-2855 or If you need assistance with computer matching or have questions about fees, please contact D&D Digital customer support at 515/292-0490 or If you have specific questions related to the BSU MS/DI requirements or program, please contact the Dietetic Internship Director.


Applicants may be interviewed by the Dietetic Internship Director on campus or via video conference.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!