Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Option

The Department of Health and Human Development offers a Master of Science degree in exercise and nutrition sciences with two options: 

  • exercise physiology and nutrition
  • sport and coaching sciences
     

Prerequisites

Ideally, entering graduate students will have completed a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, nutrition, or a closely related field (e.g., biology, pre-physical therapy) with appropriate background course work (e.g., chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology) to enter the exercise and nutritional sciences program. 

For those entering into sport and coaching sciences, students will have a bachelor’s degree in health enhancement or physical education, athletic training, and or appropriate practical experience.  For example, athletic coaches and administrators at any level of sport--competitive, developmental, or recreational--athletic trainers, health enhancement or physical education teachers, or those in the private sector who are involved or interested in the application of sport and teaching sciences are welcome.

Admissions

Admissions decisions are based on:

  1. Undergraduate preparation (GPA and strength of prerequisite course work)
  2. GRE combined score from verbal and quantitative tests
  3. Goodness of fit and how consistent interests and goals of student align with research and outreach goals of faculty (to be addressed in personal essay)
  4. Relevant professional experience
  5. Strength of letters of recommendation

The exercise and nutrition sciences option allows students to focus on understanding the determinants of physical activity and energy expenditure, adaptations to exercise that impact human work performance and disease risk, neuromechanics, neurophysiology, and exercise metabolism and nutrition. Although not required, a graduate student may simultaneously complete course work needed to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.  A graduate student may earn a verification statement by completing required classes in the MSU dietetics program. The verification statement is required in order to apply to an accredited dietetic internship.

The sport and coaching sciences option is designed to meet the need in advanced coaching and sport science abilities at the local, state, national and international levels. Course work includes knowledge pertinent to coaches of all sports at developmental, competitive, and high performance levels as well as sport administrators in both public and private sectors.

Required Courses for Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

Fall
HHD 501Prof Comm Skills in HHD3
KIN 515Exercise Performance and Nutr3
or KIN 545 Graduate Exercise Physiology
STAT 401Applied Methods in Statistics3
or EDCI 501 Educational Statistics I
Spring
HHD 512Research Methods in HHD3
NUTR 511Exercise Metabolism and Health3
or KIN 525 Neuromechanics of Human Movement
Electives3-4
Fall
KIN 515Exercise Performance and Nutr3
or KIN 545 Graduate Exercise Physiology
Electives3
Spring
KIN 575Professional Paper and Project3-10
or KIN 590 Master's Thesis
NUTR 511Exercise Metabolism and Health3
or KIN 525 Neuromechanics of Human Movement
Electives3-6
Total Credits30


Required Courses for Sport and Coaching Sciences

Fall
EDCI 501Educational Statistics I3
HHD 501Prof Comm Skills in HHD3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
or KIN 440R Sport Psychology
Spring
HEE 506Exercise and Chronic Disease3
HHD 512Research Methods in HHD3
Electives3
Fall
COA 405Advanced Concepts in Coaching3
Electives3
Spring
KIN 575Professional Paper and Project3-10
or KIN 590 Master's Thesis
Electives3
Total Credits30