How to Apply

The information below applies to the Summer 2025 admission cycle.

The application cycle opens in August, 2024. The deadline to complete the applications is January 10, 2025.

Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the UAMS College of Health Professions is required and is available on the website.  A $40.00 non-refundable application fee is required and must accompany the OAA application. Both a DICAS application and a UAMS application are required by the deadline. On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    • Academic Career: Graduate
    • Term: Summer
    • Academic Program: College of Health Prof GRAD
    • Admit Type: Applicant
    • Academic Plan: Dietetics M.S.
    • Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. Application for Admission: Applicants must apply through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) at Through DICAS, applicants submit the following:
    • DICAS Application
    • DICAS Application Fee
    • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the DICAS System.  An e-mail message will be sent to the references requesting them to complete an online form. At least one reference letter should come from a college professor or major advisor.  Other references may include employers and/or other professional references.
    • One-Page Resume: Resumes must be uploaded to the DICAS System.  Include paid and volunteer work experience.  Experience in hospital dietetics is desirable but not required.  Include extracurricular activities, honors, and awards indicative of a well-rounded lifestyle.
    • Personal Statement: Applicants must enter a personal statement of 1,000 words or less into the DICAS System. The following items should be addressed:
      • Why you want to enter the dietetic profession
      • The areas in your previous experiences that have helped prepare you for a career in dietetics
      • Your short and long-term career goals
      • Your strengths and/or areas for improvement
      • Other information you consider relevant to the selection committee’s decision making.
    • Official Verification or Intent to Complete Statement: An official verification or intent to complete statement from the program director of the applicant’s Didactic Program in Dietetics must be submitted to DICAS.
    • Official Transcripts: Official transcript(s) of all college work must be submitted to DICAS.

Note: If you are admitted to the Master of Science in Dietetics program, you will also need to provide official transcripts to UAMS reflecting completion of your degree and any courses that were in-progress at the time of the DICAS deadline.

  1. TOEFL scores, if applicable. See International Applicants in the Admission/Academic Information section of the catalog.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.

Distance Education Requirements

Students will need internet access in their home, as well as a laptop computer with a camera and microphone throughout the program. Students must have a web browser that is compatible with the current learning management system. Students will submit electronic assignments and examinations online.