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Welcome to the M.S. in
Dietetics at EIU!


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:

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Science in Dietetics, with a Nutrition Education Emphasis. We have a very exciting and diverse program, providing educational experiences in the areas of foodservice, management, clinical, and community nutrition. As an added benefit of the uniqueness of our program, graduates are awarded the credential of Nutrition Education Specialist by the Society for Nutrition Education. The Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Il 60606-6995, 312-899-4876.

As required by the American Dietetic Association, you must have a verification statement or declaration of intent from your undergraduate program verifying that you have or will have completed the required DPD courses and are eligible to participate in the computer matching. Required paperwork for the match process can be requested from your didactic program director or from D&D Digital, 304 Main St, Suite 301, Ames, IA 50010, 512-292-0490. This request should be made in advance to allow time for submitting by the February or September postmark deadline. Please be aware of a $50 charge for the computer matching.

Students applying to the Master of Science in Dietetics must follow the Application Process guidelines found at http://www.eiu.edu/~dietetic/application.php. A $35 processing fee is required. Applications must be mailed to Dr. Kennedy-Hagan by the required postmark date. In addition, students must also apply for admission to Graduate School. Applications can be submitted via mail or online and require a $30 processing fee. Those students that match through D&D Digital will be admitted to the graduate dietetic option.

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 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 at www.eiu.edu/~graduate/GAappl.html.

Those students that do not match, but wish to pursue a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in nutrition, may be admitted to graduate school. The requirements for the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences can be found at www.eiu.edu/~msfcs/. Having an advanced degree, such as a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in nutrition may be helpful in obtaining a future dietetic internship match.

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 kjkennedyhagan@eiu.edu or phone 217-581-6353 if you have questions or wish to arrange a visit.

Sincerely,
Karla Kennedy-Hagan, PhD, RD, LDN
Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Science in Dietetics and Assistant Chair, School of Family and Consumer Sciences