1. Apply to Graduate School, noting the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics as your preferred program. Please note there is a $30 application fee. Prospective graduate students who completed their undergraduate program at EIU, do NOT need to include transcripts in their application for Graduate School at EIU. Those students with transcripts from other universities need to have those transcripts mailed to the Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University. Applications are accepted year-round; however, admission into Graduate School is required before you can be matched with our Dietetic Internship. At the time of admission, you will be notified if you have any undergraduate Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) deficiencies.
2. Complete and submit D & D Digital paperwork entering Eastern Illinois University as a match choice.
3. Complete and submit your application to the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). In your personal statement, be sure to include your strengths and weaknesses, long and short term professional goals, and how the EIU program will help you achieve your professional goals (limited to 1,000 words). For your letters of recommendation, one will need to be from a work supervisor and two from faculty.
4. Pay the Eastern Illinois University Dietetic Internship (DI) application fee of $35 by mailing a check or money order payable to Eastern Illinois University to Melanie Tracy Burns, 600 Lincoln Ave, Family and Consumer Sciences, Charleston, IL 61920. This fee can be mailed in the same envelope with other materials (e.g. letters of recommendation for the MSND graduate assistantships) to Dr. Burns.
5. Apply, if interested, for a general EIU graduate assistantship. The MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program has four specific assistantships available: two who assist faculty in undergraduate coursework (specifically teaching Food Selection and Preparation course), one who coordinates the nutrition education efforts on campus, and one who will be providing individualized and group nutrition education to clients participating in the Physician's Choice Wellness program. To apply for one of the four specific Nutrition and Dietetics graduate assistantships before February 15, click here. You might also consider clicking on "select all" in the assistantship application, so that your assistantship application is available to all departments on campus.
If you will not be earning a DPD Verification Statement or have completed an undergraduate program in dietetics, but you wish to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, please contact the DPD Coordinator at EIU.