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
NFS 5314Nutrition and Human Metabolism4
NFS 5363Human Nutrition in Disease3
KINS 5023Methods of Research3
KINS 5033Applied Statistical Principles3
Group II - Additional Required Courses
NFS 5583Nutrition and Exercise3
KINS 5553Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KINS 5613Cardiovascular Response to Exercise3
KINS 5683Exercise Evaluation and Prescription3
Select 3 semester credit hours from the following:3
Sports Nutrition Practicum (taken 3 times)
Professional Internship for Exercise and Sports Nutrition


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. Students with the RDN credential or intending to become RDN certified will complete NFS 5681 three times. Non-RDN students will complete NFS 5133.


A minimum 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 selecting the thesis option will complete a final oral examination that should not exceed two hours and may not be taken more than twice. Students completing the coursework-only option must complete the capstone seminar NFS 5331 with a 'C' grade or higher. Additional information is available on the department’s website .