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Dr. Karla Kennedy-Hagan

Karla Kennedy-Hagan, PhD, RD, LDN

Office: 1034 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-6353
Fax: 217-581-6090
Email: kjkennedyhagan@eiu.edu
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Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

I am delighted to know that you are interested in our Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, with a Nutrition Education Emphasis. Our graduate program is very active, engaged, and diverse, providing educational experiences in the areas of food service, management, clinical, and community nutrition. As an added benefit of the uniqueness of our program, graduates are awarded the credential “Nutrition Education Specialist” by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. The Dietetic Internship is granted accreditation by the “Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics” (ACEND), which was previously titled “Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education” (CADE).  

As required by the ACEND, you must have a verification statement or declaration of intent from your undergraduate program director verifying that you have or will have completed the required DPD courses and are eligible to apply for an internship.  We participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS), as well as computer matching through D&D Digital. Qualified students pursuing the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics must apply to the program ($35 processing fee) and to the Graduate School ($30 processing fee).  The fees must be mailed to Michelle Morgan, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920, by the required postmark date.

Admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics graduate program requires an application to The Graduate School, an undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics, a verification statement from your undergraduate program and a match with Eastern Illinois University through D & D Digital. Students who are not matched with the program can apply to Eastern Illinois University, to obtain a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Please contact Dr. Melanie Tracy Burns with questions (217-581-6680).

Generally, students complete two semesters of graduate-level coursework at the University and then a minimum of 1280 clock hours in one of our nine affiliated medical centers. The dietetic internship component of the graduate program begins in different months of the year after the completion of the advanced coursework. Students who have not completed an undergraduate program in family and consumer sciences may have up to 6 semester hours of undergraduate FCS course deficiencies to complete. Upon completion of all degree requirements (graduate coursework, the dietetic internship, and any undergraduate deficiencies), students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to take the dietetic registration examination.

During the spring of each year we extend offers for graduate assistantships within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The graduate assistantships are for the following fall and spring semesters. Possible graduate assistant positions include overseeing and teaching in the food labs, providing nutrition education across campus through the Health Education Resource Center, assisting staff in the Child Care Resource and Referral Office, managing the student organizations for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, assisting the Coordinators of the Master of Family and Consumer Sciences with various duties, and assisting with research. Benefits of graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver for two semesters (summer term tuition waiver is also possible); a monthly stipend and opportunities for teaching, research, and other creative activities. All interested students are encouraged to apply online. 

We are delighted that you have visited our website and are interested in our programs. We welcome prospective students and encourage you to consider making a visit to our beautiful campus. Please feel free to contact me via email at mdburns@eiu.edu or phone 217-581-6680 if you have questions or wish to arrange a visit.

Dr. Melanie Tracy Burn, PhD, RD
Professor and Graduate Coordinator-Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics