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EIU Master of Science Nutrition & Dietetics

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student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1.

We're excited about your interest in our program, so make sure you explore the whole site. We especially encourage you to learn more about the programs, check out the Top Ten Reasons you should come to EIU, read this letter from the program's graduate coordinator, or even look into applying!

Why Choose EIU for MSND

Actively Engaged

Graduate dietetic students at EIU are actively engaged with creative and scholarly activities within all areas of dietetic practice. The majority of dietetic course work involves various elements of integration learning, allowing students to “Connect, Reflect, and Grow” in their knowledge.

Research Opportunities

Have you ever been curious about something that didn’t have a clear answer, or doubt something that you were told or read? If so, you can chart your own course of inquiry by engaging in research. All graduate students are required to complete FCS 5900 Research Methods. The work completed in the Research Methods course can become the foundation for a thesis or an independent study on a topic of interest to you, the student. If you like the Research Methods class, consider the options. FCS graduate faculty provides opportunities and support for interested students to develop and conduct research. Additionally, many students then go on to present their research at state, regional and national conferences. You could be one of them in the near future!

Student Success

Dedicated students are successful and we have a long history of dedicated and successful students. The University and numerous donors affiliated with the School of Family and Consumer Sciences support student success by providing competitive opportunities for student to receive scholarships and awards.

Our Alumni

It seems like it was just 1981 when the dietetic program started and now it is 2013. My how the time flies! With over 400 EIU graduate alumni out in the world we want to showcase some of them to you!


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. 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

Nutrition Education Option

MS in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Education Option

The MSND: Nutrition Education Option (NDNE) focuses on educating and empowering individuals, families, and communities on making healthier food choices. 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. This option is designed to provide a graduate degree for RDNs, those who wish to not earn the RDN credential, international students, and secondary education FCS teachers. The Nutrition Education does not include the Dietetic Internship.

Don't take our word for it

"Working as a graduate assistant at EIU was one of the most rewarding experiences while being a Dietetic Graduate student. In a summer semester before my beginning my dietetic internship, I had the opportunity to work under Dr. Jim Painter, RD, PhD, and Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, as an assistant while he also worked for the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB). Additionally, I worked on an independent study doing research on consumer perceptions of fast food menu labels. "

Ashley Waters

"My experience as a graduate teaching assistant in the Foods Lab at EIU was one of the best decisions I made during my graduate school career. It allowed me to have a job that was flexible enough to accommodate my class schedule, and allowed me to be involved in the FCS department in more ways than just teaching.”

Stephanie Wenzeburger

"My time at Eastern Illinois University helped to build my confidence in the field of dietetics. During my dietetic internship, I was able to view how nutrition plays a role in the average person’s life and how it evolves with different disease states and situations. "

Emily Brinkman

Angie Ison MS RD LDN alumni ’08 is currently employed by Sodexo Inc. Angie works with in-patient patients and out-patient Cardiac Rehab Program participants. The graduate course work combined with dietetic internship is the building blocks that play a role in Angie’s day to day activities as a Clinical Dietitian.

Angie Ison

Related Pages

Undergraduate Option in Dietetics School of Family and Consumer Sciences Graduate School

Contact Information

MSND graduate program, contact:
Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RD
Interim Chair and MSND Graduate Coordinator

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
600 Lincoln Avenue
1030 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
(217) 581-6680
Fax: (217) 581-6090

Dietetic Internship at EIU, contact:
Josie Bryant
Instructor and DI Coordinator

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6090

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