Are you interested in our Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics? Then it’s time to apply. Admission to our graduate program means you need to meet the criteria and apply to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself.

We offer this program on Ball State’s main campus in Muncie, Indiana. You will need to indicate that you plan to study on the main campus when you complete our online application.

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You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode.

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

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You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

  • applications for degree and nondegree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications: Each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10. Please remember you must use the username and password from your initial application to receive the discounted rate for multiple applications.


The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than one week before the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended (this includes dual credit courses earned while in high school). You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for our program, you must have an academic background in nutrition and dietetics.

You must either:

You will also need to meet general admission criteria set by the Ball State University Graduate School, along with our program requirements.

Please review all of the admission requirements and instructions on how to apply.

You must have the following minimum grade point averages (GPA):

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 3.0 DPD GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 2.75 Science GPA on a 4.0 scale

How to Apply

All applicants aspiring to become a registered dietitian nutritionist must provide an original, signed Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Verification of Completion Statement from the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) director. Aspiring dietitians must apply to the program through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) computer matching system for the application process. Applications and letters of reference must be submitted through DICAS.

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Application Deadlines

There are two DICAS match deadlines each year. Approximate deadlines are:

  • the second week of February
  • the fourth week of September

Check with your DPD program director, Academy Accreditation staff, or D&D Digital Systems for the exact deadline date.


As part of the application, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to the following address:
DICAS Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472 

Supplemental Form

You will also need to fill out the Supervised Practice Selection Form and submit it via DICAS.

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If you have questions about the application process or fees, please contact DICAS by email or at 617-612-2855

Matching Process

Applicants must also register online with D&D Digital to participate in the matching process. A list of selected programs must be submitted by the deadline.

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

The Ball State Dietetic Internship does have a Preselect Option (PDF).

Do You Already Have a Doctorate?

Please review our guidelines and instructions (PDF) for students with doctorates.

If you are a professional RD/RDN who is seeking a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, please upload the following materials in the Graduate School Application portal or, if you prefer, send them directly to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Carol Friesen:

  • letter of application
  • two letters of reference
  • proof of current registration from the Commission on Dietetic registration (CDR)
  • resume

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For more information, please contact Graduate Program Director Dr. Carol Friesen or Internship Director Lydia Ballenger.