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.
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
- rehabilitation centers
- government agencies
- public schools
- professional and amateur sports teams
- university/collegiate athletics
This program is administered by the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
NOTE: Students in the Master of Science coursework only option programs in Nutrition, Food Systems Administration, and Food Science admitted before fall semester 2014 may choose to take the exit exam or complete the capstone seminar course for degree completion. Students admitted for or after fall semester 2014 must complete the capstone seminar course for degree completion.
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.
Fall Admission - June 15
Spring Admission - October 1
Summer Admission - April 1
ESN Admission Committee may assign any member of the graduate faculty from NFS and Kinesiology to serve as academic advisor.
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.
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD
Sarah Dobkins, MS, RDN, LD, CSSD
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