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EIU Master of Science Nutrition & Dietetics

100% of students have full-time
employment in the dietetics field
within one year post graduation.

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!

As of July 1, 2018, the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program is now housed within the new College of Health and Human Services.

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!



Don't take our word for it

"After graduating from both of EIU’s dietetics program, I now work in regulatory affairs at a large food company ensuring nutrition beverage products are compliant with state and federal food regulations. EIU’s Dietetic programs gave me the skills and confidence to pursue a career in almost any area of the nutrition and dietetics field. EIU has a lot of awesome professors and opportunities so make sure to take advantage of everything available to you!”

Anna Scroggins (2010, 2014)

"EIU prepared me for being a dietitian by placing me in real life situations where a nutrition intervention needs to take place. Whether it was in an outpatient education, or product creation, or performing a clinical assessment scenario, I got to do it all. I had wonderful opportunities that EIU provided that allowed me to be exposed to new information, and ultimately be a successful clinical dietitian."

Grace Campbell (2016)

"My educational experience at EIU for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees is what I credit for my ability to be able to be successful in more than one sector of healthcare. I not only gained the clinical skills needed to provide excellent nutritional care to patients, but I also gained knowledge that has helped me be successful with so many other areas as well. These skills gained from professors who take personal pride in the success of their students, have opened doors for me that otherwise would not have been opened. By providing a well-rounded curriculum and challenging students to be better than they thought they could be, a strong work ethic and confidence in my ability were achieved.”

Laura Wise Collins (2001, 2003)

"I found my path to school nutrition in 2004 as a food service director in Breckenridge, CO where I discovered a passion for the complexity of Federal child nutrition programs and the importance of fueling the minds of the next generation. My degrees at EIU strengthened necessary skills to effectively evaluate programs and assist with targeting inefficiencies."

Lyza Brackett Shaw (1998, 1999)

"I had the wonderful opportunity to attend EIU for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. The professors there challenged me to become more confident and well rounded as they prepared me for a future in dietetics. During graduate school and my internship I was exposed to real world scenarios and took part in quality community, food service and clinical rotations. These experiences helped solidify my decision to work in the clinical arena and the knowledge I gained ensured I would be a more than competent Registered Dietitian.”

Corey Colson (2013, 2015)

Related Pages

Undergraduate Option in Dietetics College of Health and Human Services Graduate School

Contact Information

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

600 Lincoln Avenue
1439 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
(217) 581-6353
Fax: (217) 581-6090
mdburns@eiu.edu

Dietetic Internship at EIU, contact:
Melissa K. Maulding
Instructor and DI Coordinator

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-7571
Fax: 217-581-6090
Mkmaulding2@eiu.edu


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