MS in ESN - Houston Campus

Graduate in as little as 2 years | 34-40 credit hours | Flexible course and practicum locations

Why earn your MS in ESN at TWU’s Houston program?

An athlete bikes while sports nutritionists oversee.

Thesis or coursework only options

Flexibility to complete the MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition your way by choosing thesis or coursework-only option.

Thesis option: 28 credit hours of required coursework, six credit hours of thesis coursework and a final oral exam (thesis defense).

Coursework-only option: 23 credit hours of required coursework and 17 credit hours of additional coursework.

Dietetic internship opportunity

TWU’s Houston campus ESN program offers a highly competitive year-long internship focusing on medical nutrition therapy for students. The program affiliates with more than 25 prestigious internship sites in the greater Houston area.

The dietetic internship/master’s program prepares you to become an RDN ONLY if you already have a nutrition-related bachelor’s degree. If you do not have a nutrition-related bachelor’s degree and want to be an RDN, we recommended completing our BS in Nutrition (Dietetics) program first before pursuing the dietetic internship/master’s program.

Learn more about the Dietetic Internship Master’s Degree Program.

Sports nutrition practicum rotation opportunities

Gain practical experience working with athletes in intercollegiate and professional teams, local school districts, as well as in hospitals, private practice registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) and corporate wellness centers.

As part of the Exercise and Sports Nutrition degree requirement, you will participate in and complete 3 semester credit hours of structured, supervised practical experiences, potentially including both on and off-campus experiences. A minimum of 45 clock hours of supervised practice is required for each semester’s credit hour.

Recent or upcoming practicum rotation sites may include:

  • IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute – Memorial Hermann
  • Rice Athletics
  • University of Houston Athletics

Conduct research with TWU faculty

At TWU, you have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty in any of the on-campus laboratories. Research opportunities related to nutrition, or exercise and sports nutrition include:

  • Effects of exercise and dietary interventions to improve fitness and reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors
  • Efficacy and safety of nutritional supplements to improve endurance capacity, muscular strength, body composition, and post-exercise recovery
  • Secondary analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assess dietary intake and identify predictors of health and disease in the U.S.
  • Assessment of dietary intake, resting metabolic rate (RMR), and body composition in athletes and individuals with CVD or cancer
  • Effects of resistant starch on glycemic control, gut microbiome, and weight management in individuals with overweight/obesity and/or type 2 diabetes
  • Assessment of food insecurity and impact of food assistance programs on college campuses

Houston Research Faculty

Derek Miketinas
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Nutritional Epidemiology; Statistical Modeling; Dietary Assessment; Obesity; Dietary Predictors of Health and Disease
Carolyn Moore
Associate Professor
Research interests: Food Insecurity; Nutrition Gardening Programs; Child and Adult Obesity; Vitamin D
Mindy Patterson
Associate Professor; Co-Director, Institute for Woman's Health
Research interests: Quantifying Resistant Starch in Foods; Developing Fiber-Rich Menus; Gut Microbiome Diversity and Function
Wesley Tucker

"We desperately need more rigorous and reproducible scientific research to move the fields of nutrition and exercise science forward."

Assistant Professor
Research interests: Heart Failure Pathophysiology; Obesity; Dietary Interventions; Functional Foods; Exercise Training; Exercise Testing

Career Opportunities

TWU's ESN program prepares you to work as a sports nutritionist or wellness coach in a variety of settings. Opportunities include working in:

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

Courses and Curriculum at TWU

The MS in ESN program core courses focus on nutrition, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and research methods. Internship and practicum requirements provide hands-on skills and training in clinical and laboratory settings.

Admission to the M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Program Contact

Shane Broughton, PhD, (ESN Denton)
Chair & Professor
OMB 307

Wesley Tucker, PhD, (ESN Houston)
Assistant Professor

Application Deadlines

Fall — June 15*
Spring — October 1*
Summer — April 1*

* Our department has rolling admission for all of our graduate programs, however, to ensure a proper start time, we recommend having your application completed by the dates listed above.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites, including:
    • Chemistry, including Organic and Biochemistry (9-12 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)
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate semester credit hours.

Applicants who meet the above criteria with exception of GPA may qualify for provisional admission if they have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) on the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours. If the applicant has previously earned graduate credits from TWU or another regionally accredited graduate program, the first 12 credit hours completed will be considered in lieu of the last 60 undergraduate hours.

  • Email addresses for two individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can respond to a recommendation form to be requested through and submitted into the application.
  • Statement of intent that describes your reasons for pursuing graduate work, background experience, and professional goals, to be uploaded into application.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

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