M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

In this program, you will learn how to affect changes in exercise and nutrition habits for individuals and groups. You also will be involved in research studies such as those that determine how diet and exercise impact muscle proteins and body composition.

This program is offered at TWU's Denton campus only.

Careers & Salaries

Upon graduation, you can work as a sports nutritionist or wellness coach for:

  • Hospitals, clinics or rehabilitation centers
  • Government agencies
  • Public schools
  • Professional and amateur sports teams or collegiate athletics
  • Private practice

Salaries in these areas vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $50,000 for registered dietitians, with those having sports nutrition skills earning even more.

Why Exercise & Sports Nutrition at TWU?

TWU offers three options to help you tailor this degree to meet your professional goals:

  • Thesis (34 semester credit hours)
  • Coursework only (43 semester credit hours)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma (30 semester credit hours)

Regardless of which option you choose, our program focuses on collaborative research and practical experience that encourages you to think independently and creatively.

The MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition along with the dietetic internship prepares graduates to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians and apply for a license to practice through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. Licensing of dietitians in Texas is voluntary. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to apply for licensure in your home state.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites
    • Exercise Physiology and Advanced Physiology (6-8 hours)
    • Exercise Testing and Prescription (3-4 hours)
    • Biochemistry (3-4 hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (3-4 hours)
    • Introduction to Nutrition (3 hours)
    • Upper-level Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients and Nutrition through the Lifecycle (6-9 hours)
  • GRE required
  • One-two page statement of intent providing evidence of work and volunteer experience related to the intended field of study and goals
  • Two letters of recommendation

See full admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

As a full-time student, you can complete this master's degree within 4-5 semesters, depending on whether you select the thesis, coursework-only or IOC option.

See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School
  2. After the graduate school reviews your application, the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will review your application for acceptance into the program

See the Admissions Office for TWU graduate admission requirements.

For More Information

Shane Broughton, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Monique LeMieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Page last updated 10:34 AM, April 12, 2019