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I don't have a undergraduate degree in dietetics, but I want to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Where do I need to start my application process?

You will need to contact Dr. Melanie Tracy Burns to begin a transcript review for undergraduate dietetic deficiencies. Official transcripts from all universities and community colleges attended need to be shared for review. The review will include a tentative timeline for completion for all deficiencies and graduate coursework. The cost for the review is $20 payable to Eastern Illinois University and mailed to Dr. Burns, 600 Lincoln Avenue, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Charleston, IL 61920.

My undergraduate degree is not in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).  Will I have any undergraduate FCS deficiencies?

You might! When your application is being evaluated for determination of admission status, the MSND Coordinator will review your transcripts to note any undergraduate FCS deficiencies. There are three undergraduate FCS deficiency courses: Human Life Span Development (FCS 1800), Personal Nutrition (FCS 2100), and Personal and Family Finance (FCS 3300).

When does EIU's Dietetic Internship accept applications?

We participate in both the April and November computer match.  We accept between 14-16 students in the April match and 2-4 in the November match.

What is EIU's minimum GPA requirement for the Dietetic Internship?

2.75 cumulative GPA is required for admission into the Graduate School as well as the Dietetic Internship.

Does EIU's Dietetic Internship require a GRE score?

Yes, a GRE score is required; however, a minimum score is not required. The GRE score, along with the other application requirements are considered by the selection committee in the ranking process. When sharing your GRE score, please use the code 1199 as there is not a separate code number for the MSND program. Please note that the GRE score is required for the DI application and not application to Graduate School.

When does the Dietetic Internship begin?

Usually, students complete two semesters of graduate course work on EIU's campus in Charleston, IL, and then begin their 1280 hour dietetic internship in one of our eight affiliated medical centers.  Internship placements are usually in January, May, and September.  Typically, students move to the location of their internship placements for the duration of their DI.

Is a thesis required?

Writing a thesis is optional for degree-seeking students in either MSND options.  Students who write a thesis complete a total of 36 hours of coursework.  Students who do not to write a thesis, complete a total of 38 hours of coursework.  The Dietetic Internship is the equivalent of 12 semester hours.

When will the Verification Statement be issued?

The Verification Statement, which indicates your completion of our graduate program, will be issued three times annually (February, June, and September) after ALL graduate requirements are completed - not when the Dietetic Internship is completed.  Once the Verification Statement is earned, the graduate's information will be shared with CDR and the graduate will be eligible to sit for the registration exam.

I have chosen EIU for my graduate program!  Where will I live?

For housing options in Charleston, please view this document and visit the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce resources.

I am a student with an international degree.  Where do I start?

Students with an undergraduate international degree, need to begin the process by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website designed for International Students. International students can learn more about applying at Eastern Illinois University here.  Once your undergraduate degrees have been validated, please contact Dr. Burns for a transcript review which will identify your undergraduate didactic program in dietetics deficiencies.  Please note that there is a $20 fee for this service.