Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 34 semester credit hours (thesis option) or 43 semester credit hours (coursework-only option) are required.

Students who have completed an International Olympic Committee certification can have up to 12 of their graduate semester credit hours transferred into the M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition with committee approval. Students without an International Olympic Committee certification may enroll in TWU courses necessary to complete an International Olympic Committee certification while enrolled in the M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition with advisor approval.

Required Courses for All Options

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: (Students with the RDN credential or intending to become RDN-certified must complete NFS 5681 three times. Non-RDN students must complete NFS 5133.)3
Sports Nutrition Practicum (taken 3 times)
Professional Internship for Exercise and Sports Nutrition
Total SCHs28

Thesis (34 semester credit hours)

NFS 5983Thesis3
NFS 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs6
Thesis Defense

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.

Coursework-only (43 semester credit hours)

Electives - Graduate courses from any discipline (with approval of advisor)13
NFS 5332Capstone Seminar (with a 'C' grade or higher)2
Total SCHs15


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.