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MS in Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietetic Internship Option

This degree program offers the Dietetic Internship that is necessary to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Degree-seeking students who match with EIU's Dietetic Internship through D & D Digital and who are admitted into this program will take 2 academic semesters of graduate coursework on Eastern's campus in Charleston, Illinois. A few of the graduate courses taken includes two semesters of Medical Nutrition Therapy, Research Methods in FCS, and Principles of Nutrition Education.  Once the student completes the on-campus coursework, he/she will move to the location of his/her Dietetic Internship.  The Dietetic Internship is granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

MS in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Education Option

The MSND: Nutrition Education Option focuses on educating individuals on making healthier food choices.  This option does not include the DI and is designed to provide a graduate degree for RDNs without a master's degree or those who wish to not earn the RDN credential.  Those graduate students admitted into this program will take 3-4 semester of graduate coursework on Eastern's campus in Charleston, Illinois.  Some, but not all, of the courses are available online as well.

A few fine points for both options

Degree-seeking students in either option will complete 36 (thesis) or 38 (non-thesis) semester hours to earn the degree. 

Please note that there is one undergraduate Family and Consumer Sciences deficiency course: Human Life Span Development (FCS 1800).  If your undergraduate degree is not in Family and Consumer Sciences from a domestic university, then, your transcripts will be reviewed for identification of this content.  Those students with an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from a domestic university, will not have any undergraduate deficiencies.