Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours (International Olympic Committee option), 34 semester credit hours (thesis option), or 43 semester credit hours (coursework only option) are required.


Group 1 - Required Courses (13 SCH)
NFS 5314Nutrition and Human Metabolism4
NFS 5363Human Nutrition in Disease3
KINS 5023Methods of Research3
KINS 5033Applied Statistical Principles3
Group II - Additional Required Courses (15 SCH)
KINS 5553Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KINS 5613Cardiovascular Response to Exercise3
KINS 5683Exercise Evaluation and Prescription3
NFS 5583Nutrition and Exercise3
NFS 5681Sports Nutrition Practicum (taken 3 times)3


Three options for completion of the master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Nutrition are available including thesis, coursework only, or International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma option. The number of semester credit hours to complete the program will vary with the option: thesis, 34 semester credit hours; coursework only, 43 semester credit hours; and IOC, 30 semester credit hours.


A minor of 9 graduate semester credit hours in an area of emphasis can be achieved within the total number of program semester credit hours or by taking additional coursework. If a minor is declared, a faculty member in that minor area of study must serve on the academic committee.

Final Examination

Students completing the thesis option will appear in a final oral examination that should not exceed two semester credit hours and may not be taken more than twice. Students completing the coursework only option must complete the capstone portion of NFS 5681 Sports Nutrition Practicum course with a 'C' grade or better. Additional information is available on the department’s website .