Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Option

The Department of Food Systems, Nutrition, and Kinesiology offers a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences with two options:  Exercise Physiology and Nutrition and Sport and Coaching Sciences.


Exercise Physiology and Nutrition option

Entering graduate students will have completed a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, exercise science, or 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 nutrition sciences program.

Sport and Coaching Sciences option

Entering graduate students will have completed a bachelor's degree in health enhancement or physical education, athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, or related fields and/or appropriate practical experience (e.g., athletic coaches and administrators at any level of sport:  competitive, developmental, or recreational).


Admissions decisions are based on several criteria, from undergraduate preparation to fit and experience. To learn more about the application process and requirements, see the department website.

Required Courses for Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

HHD 501Research Methods in HHD I3
Choose three additional required courses9
Exercise Performance and Nutrition
Neuromechanics of Human Movement
Advanced Motor Control
Graduate Exercise Physiology
Exercise Metabolism and Health
Choose one statistics course3
Educational Statistics I
Methods of Data Analysis I
Choose either professional paper (6 cr. required) or thesis (10 cr. required) 6-10
Professional Paper and Project
Master's Thesis
Total Credits30

Required Courses for Sport and Coaching Sciences

EDCI 501Educational Statistics I3
HHD 501Research Methods in HHD I3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
or KIN 440R Sport Psychology
HEE 506Exercise and Chronic Disease3
HHD 512Research Methods in HHD II3
COA 405Advanced Concepts in Coaching3
KIN 575Professional Paper and Project take 3-6 credits of KIN 575; take 10 credits of KIN 5903-10
or KIN 590 Master's Thesis
Total Credits30