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EIU Master of Science Nutrition & Dietetics

MSND: Dietetic Internship Option (NDDI)

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.



MSND: DI Program

Interns accepted in October (application deadline of Sept 25) and March (app deadline of Feb 15)

Spring: 16-18

Fall: 7-9

Eligible applicants

Graduate of an accredited DPD program who meet Graduate School admission criteria.

Program Emphasis

Nutrition Education

Program location

EIU’s campus in Charleston and affiliated internship locations around the greater Central/Eastern Illinois area

EIU Graduate credits required

33 (thesis/non-thesis)

Hours of Supervised practice


Anticipated time for completion

18 months

Schedule for completion

Year 1: 2 semesters of graduate course work

Year 2: Supervised practice in one of the following 3 start months:

               May – December

               September – April

               January – August

Upon completion of the MSND: DI Option program, the student earns

DI verification statement and Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. The   DI verification statements are provided 3 times per year in January, June, and September.


Certification of Comprehensive Knowledge (CCK)

The CCK policy states that the MSND student must successfully complete a thesis and thesis defense or the systematic review as presented in Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics (NTR 5600) as determined by this rubric.

Core Courses (30 hours)

NTR 5150 - Medical Nutrition Therapy 

NTR 5153 - Nutrition Education Throughout the Life Cycle

NTR 5154 - Medical Nutrition Therapy

NTR 5155 - Principles of Nutrition Education & Behavior 

NTR 5156 - Leadership Development in Nutrition and Dietetics 

NTR 5600 - Research Methods in Nutrition & Dietetics 

NTR 5981 - Dietetic Internship 

NTR 5982 - Dietetic Internship 

NTR 5983 - Dietetic Internship

NTR 5984 - Dietetic Internship

Elective Course(s) (3 hours)

Electives 3 semester hours selected from this Suggested Elective List

Graduate Study Plan Stipulations

  1. You must complete 33 semester hours. 

  2. You can only take a maximum of 9 semester hours online.

  3. Please plan on taking NTR 5155 in your first semester and NTR 5600 in your second semester.

  4. In consultation with Dr. Melanie Burns, your graduate advisor, draft your graduate study plan and submit for approval by her within the first few weeks of your second semester taking courses. 

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Contact Information

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

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

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

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

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