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MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition 
TWU graduate students who seek an MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition (ESN) take a variety of courses in nutrition and kinesiology.  This program will train students to help bring about lifestyle changes in exercise and nutrition habits for individuals and groups.  It can provide students with opportunities to acquire strong research skills if desired and all students will have applied learning experiences in both the classroom and in health-related settings.

If you are interested in obtaining more specific information about this unique program, please send an email to Dr Nancy DiMarco in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

ESN Faculty (Thesis Mentors)

ESN Master's Student Handbook

Program Description

This program will train students to help bring about lifestyle changes in exercise and nutrition habits for individuals and groups.  It will also provide students with opportunities to acquire strong research skills and applied learning experiences in both the classroom and in health-related settings.  Graduates of the program may work in:

  • private practice
  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • rehabilitation centers
  • government agencies
  • public schools
  • professional and amateur sports teams
  • university/collegiate athletics

Program Requirements

This program is administered by the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Admission Procedure

Applicants must apply to and be accepted into the TWU Graduate School before they can be accepted into the Exercise and Sports Nutrition Program.  For unconditional admission applicants must present each of the following:

  • BS degree in Kinesiology or Nutrition, or its equivalent.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework with a major in either Kinesiology or Nutrition.
  • Evidence of completing the GRE with a preferred minimum score of 140 (400 original) on the quantitative portion and 153 (500 original) on the verbal portion.
  • Official transcripts that provide evidence of prerequisites or the equivalent of undergraduate courses in exercise physiology (KINS 3601, 3602), exercise testing and prescription (KINS 4701, 4702), advanced exercise physiology (KINS 4601, 4602), human anatomy and physiology (ZOOL 2041, 2043, 2051, 2052), biochemistry (CHEM 3603), elementary nutrition (NFS 2323), advanced nutrition (NFS 3101, 4302, 4303), and one additional upper division three hour nutrition course (NFS 3163, for example).
  • Two letters of recommendation and a 1-2 page statement of intent providing evidence of work and volunteer experience related to intended field of study and goals.

The graduate school will receive all applications for admission to the ESN program. When student file is complete, the graduate school will inform NFS. NFS will forward the application material to ESN Admission Committee. The ESN Admission Committee will consist of:

  • Chair NFS Admission Committee - Dr. Nancy DiMarco

The committee through G-Media will send its recommendation to Chair NFS for further processing and transmittal to graduate school.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission - July 15
Spring Admission - November 1
Summer Admission - April 15

Academic Advising

ESN Admission Committee may assign any member of the graduate faculty from NFS and Kinesiology to serve as academic advisor.

Theses

The program will post a list of ESN faculty willing to serve as mentors for theses. The faculty will come from both NFS and Kinesiology. The list of the faculty and their interest with respect to ESN will be posted on the website to enable students to choose appropriate mentor.

Degree Options

Thesis Option
Group I
- Required Core Courses: (13 hours)
NFS 5314 Human Nutrition and Metabolism*
NFS 5363 Human Nutrition and Disease
KINS 5023 Methods of Research
KINS 5033 Applied Statistics
*Students must earn a “B” or better in this core course

Group II - Additional Required Courses: (15 hours)
KINS 5553 Advanced Exercise Physiology
KINS 5613 Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
KINS 5683 Exercise Evaluation & Prescription
NFS 5583 Nutrition and Exercise
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Group III - Thesis: (6 hours)
KINS/NFS 5983 Thesis I
KINS/NFS 5993 Thesis II
Total Program Hours: Minimum 34 hours

Minor:
A minor of 9 graduate credit hours in an area of emphasis can be achieved within the total number of program 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.

Coursework Option
Group I
- Required Core Courses: (13 hours)
NFS 5314 Human Nutrition and Metabolism*
NFS 5363 Human Nutrition and Disease
KINS 5023 Methods of Research
KINS 5033 Applied Statistics
*Students must earn a “B” or better in this core course

Group II - Additional Required Courses: (15 hours)
KINS 5553 Advanced Exercise Physiology
KINS 5613 Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
KINS 5683 Exercise Evaluation & Prescription
NFS 5583 Nutrition and Exercise
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Group III - Electives (18 hours)
Students should select at least two courses from Department of Kinesiology and at least two courses from Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Graduate elective courses will be chosen that complement the student’s goals and meet the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee.
Total Program Hours: Minimum 43 hours

Written comprehensive examination:
A written comprehensive examination based on formal coursework is required and can be taken after satisfactory completion of 21 graduate credit hours including the required core courses. Students must satisfactorily pass the written examination with a score of 70% or better, and it can be taken more than once. The examination will be offered only one time each semester.

Minor:
A minor of 9 graduate credit hours in an area of emphasis can be achieved within the total number of program 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.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition Option
Group I
- Required Core Courses: (9 hours)
NFS 5363 Human Nutrition and Disease
KINS 5023 Methods of Research
KINS 5033 Applied Statistics

Group II - Additional Required Courses: (9 hours)
KINS 5553 Advanced Exercise Physiology
KINS 5613 Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition
NFS 5681 Practicum in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Group III - Electives (12 hours)
Students should select at least one course from Department of Kinesiology and at least two courses from Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Graduate elective courses will be chosen that complement the student’s goals and meet the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee.
Total Program Hours: Minimum 30 hours plus IOC Diploma

Written comprehensive examination:
A written comprehensive examination based on formal coursework is required and can be taken after satisfactory completion of 21 graduate credit hours including the required core courses. Students must satisfactorily pass the written examination with a score of 70% or better, and it can be taken more than once. The examination will be offered only one time each semester.

Minor:
A minor of 9 graduate credit hours in an area of emphasis can be achieved within the total number of program 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.  

Contact Information

Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD
Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences
Director, Institute for Women's Health
940-898-2785

Sarah Guenther, MS, RDN, LD
Practicum Coordinator
Institute for Women's Health
940-898-2799
 


 

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