Simmons University Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion

The Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship (BWS DI) and Simmons University collaborated to provide dietetic interns with the opportunity to enroll in a fully online, 31/32-credit-hour Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Simmons University’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion program helps students develop an advanced understanding of nutrition, fitness, and wellness and the expertise to assess future research in these areas. Graduates of the program seek to influence the nutritional status of the population through the leadership and problem-solving skills acquired in the program. The traditional on-campus program has provided a quality educational program for students in the greater Boston area for over 20 years. The fully online program offers the same curriculum in a convenient online format, ideal for dietetic interns across the country. Students customize their plan of study by choosing one of two tracks or concentrations: the Research track or the Entrepreneurship track.

More information about the program’s mission and objectives can be found here. You may also review an informational video about their MS program here.

Admission and Application Requirements

Individuals interested in this pathway will need to apply separately to each program as part of the MS/DI pathway application process. More information is detailed below for each program’s admissions and application requirements.

Simmons University

The admission requirements for Simmons University are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (BS or BA) from a regionally accredited US college or university or an overseas institution of higher learning recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in prerequisite courses, and the cumulative GPA.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and a separate application is not required for BWS DI applicants. Rather, Simmons University uses DICAS materials that interns submit to BWS DI. Applicants must submit a Release of Information Form to BWS DI so that DICAS materials may be provided to Simmons University. Additionally, BWS DI interns will have their Simmons University application fee waived.

If admitted to Simmons University, BWS DI interns will have a reduced enrollment deposit if admitted ($200 from $750). More information about tuition, financial aid, and scholarships can be found here.

Any BWS DI applicant who is granted admission to Simmons University will receive a guaranteed $10,000 scholarship award toward tuition. Applicants with a GPA above 3.3 may be eligible for a higher scholarship amount (up to $15,000) but this is not guaranteed.

Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship Program

  • Official Transcript
    • MS/DI Pathway: Letter of acceptance into the chosen graduate program provided to BWS DI before Orientation
    • DI-Only Pathway: Official transcript from a graduate program that has either been completed or in progress. Or letter of acceptance into a graduate program provided to BWS DI before Orientation
  • Valid DPD Verification Statement
  • A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but not required
  • Note: BWS DI does not require a Graduate Record Examination score (GREs)

To apply to the BWS DI Program, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Register and submit the following DICAS requirements:
    1. Academic requirements
    2. Write a personal statement
    3. Submit 3 letters of recommendation
    4. Resume
  2. Complete your BWS DI Program Plan (submitted via DICAS)

BWS DI applicants who choose to apply to Simmons University may utilize their DICAS application materials instead of completing Simmons University’s standard admission process. Applicants will be required to complete a Release of Information Form allowing BWS DI to share their DICAS application. The Release of Information Form is due within 48 hours of acceptance to the BWS DI program. This application will be used in place of the letters of recommendation and current resume that lists all previous professional, job, and volunteer experiences. Interns will still be required to submit official transcripts that confirm conferred degree status to the Simmons Office of the Registrar.

Tuition for the Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship Program is $12,500 for applicants who have graduated from, are currently attending, or plan to complete their MS/DI with Simmons University. BWS DI covers professional liability insurance, a background check, HIPAA and OSHA training, and 1-year student memberships to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and Nutrition Care Manual in the tuition, so there are no additional program fees. Applicants can also save an additional $500 off their tuition by applying through our early decision process.

For those utilizing student loans for their MS program, interns can also apply any remaining student loan dollars to their dietetic internship tuition. Personalized payment plans are also available. More information can be found here.

Important Dates

Applications for the Simmons University and Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship MS/DI program are accepted during the spring and fall application cycles. Other important dates specific to the BWS DI program can be found here.

Note: Individuals can pursue the Simmons University and Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship MS/DI Program without adhering to the exact application schedule above. If you are interested in customizing your timeline, please email bwsdi@bewellsolutions.com.

MS/DI Curriculum

To view the Simmons University academic calendar, please click here.

MS + DI Curriculum Timeline (Spring Application Cycle)

The curriculum timeline for the Spring Application Cycle can be found below:

Fall 1 (September-December) Spring 1 (January-May) Summer 2 (May-August) Fall 2 (September-December) Spring 2 (January-May)
21 months Research Track

  • SNHS 410
  • NUTR 452
  • NUTR 434

Entrepreneurship Track

  • SNHS 410
  • NUTR 452
  • NUTR 434
Research Track

  • SNHS 450
  • NUTR 455

Entrepreneurship Track

  • SNHS 450
  • NUTR 455

BWS DI Program Begins (Feb)

Research Track

  • NUTR 453
  • Optional: NUTR 461

Entrepreneurship Track

  • NUTR 453
  • Optional: NUTR 461

BWS DI Program

Research Track

  • SNHS 570
  • NUTR 489

Entrepreneurship Track

  • MSMG 407
  • NUTR 489

BWS DI Program Ends (Oct)

Research Track

  • NUTR 460
  • NUTR 490

Entrepreneurship Track

  • NUTR 462
  • MSMG 440
  • Elective (if not taken in summer)

DI Verification Statement

*NUTR 461 is an elective that can be taken in the summer.

MS + DI Curriculum Timeline (Fall Application Cycle)

The curriculum timeline for the Fall Application Cycle can be found below:

Spring 1 (January-May) Fall 1 (September-December) Spring 2 (January-May) Summer 2 (May-August) Fall 2 (September-December)
24 months Research Track

  • SNHS 450
  • NUTR 455
  • Elective*

Entrepreneurship Track

  • SNHS 450
  • NUTR 455
  • Elective*
Research Track

  • SNHS 410
  • NUTR 489
  • NUTR 434

Entrepreneurship Track

  • SNHS 410
  • NUTR 489
  • NUTR 434
Research Track

  • NUTR 460
  • NUTR 490

Entrepreneurship Track

  • NUTR 462
  • MSMG 440

BWS DI Program Begins (Feb)

Research Track

  • NUTR 453
  • Optional: NUTR 461*

Entrepreneurship Track

  • NUTR 453
  • Optional: NUTR 461*

BWS DI Program

Research Track

  • NUTR 452
  • SNHS 570

Entrepreneurship Track

  • NUTR 452
  • MSMG 407

BWS DI Program Ends (Oct)

DI Verification Statement

*NUTR 461 is an elective that can be taken in the summer.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Simmons University MS in Nutrition program, students must complete 31-32 credits. Students pursuing the BWS DI MS/DI Pathway with Simmons University will have approximately 3 years to complete the degree. Please note that a DI verification statement will not be provided until the MS degree has been completed.

Contact Information

For questions about the Simmons University curriculum and/or specific Simmons application requirements, please email snhs@simmons.edu.

For questions about the Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship Program and/or MS/DI pathway, please email bwsdi@bewellsolutions.com.