MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

In as little as 2 years, you can earn your Master's in Exercise and Sports Nutrition and be prepared to affect changes in exercise and nutrition habits for others.

Program Features

TWU alumna Roxanne Vogel smiles in an industrial kitchen setting with products her company created.
Alumna Roxanne Vogel (MS '17) climbed Mt. Everest in May 2019 using high altitude science and innovative products she researches and develops at GU Energy Labs.

*Individual requirements may vary.

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.

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Why Exercise & Sports Nutrition at TWU?

Explore thesis or coursework-only options

  • In the thesis option, you will complete a thesis with an oral defense and take less semester credit hours.
  • The coursework-only option allows you to take more semester credit hours in replacement of completing a thesis and oral defense.

Learn more about program requirements for each option below.

Earn your International Olympic Committee (IOC) certification

With advisor approval, you can earn your IOC certification while enrolled in the MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition program.

The IOC certification option requires 30 semester credit hours.

Already have your IOC certification?

If you already have your IOC certification, you can transfer up to 12 graduate semester credit hours into an MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition degree.

Dietetic internship opportunities

Texas Woman's Nutrition and Food Sciences offers this highly competitive year-long internship focusing on medical nutrition therapy for students in the MS in Nutrition and MS in Exercise and Sports Nutrition programs. The program affiliates with more than 50 prestigious internship sites in the Denton/DFW Metroplex and 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.

Available on TWU's Denton and Houston campuses.

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

Research opportunities

At TWU, you have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty in any of the on-campus laboratories. Research possibilities include:

  • Examining the effect of berries on bone health and prevention of osteoporosis
  • Evaluating the impact of various protein sources on exercise recovery
  • Diabetes control
  • Influence on parameters involved in the regulation of ovulation
  • The effect of dietary fats on neurological behavior and neuroinflammation

Community nutrition options include the development of community education programs and evaluation and design or outreach opportunities. 

Roxanne Vogel smiles in an office setting.

TWU was supportive of the research I wanted to do. Taking advantage of TWU’s strong research background was the greatest asset for my career. Now I'm using that research, applying it in the real world and taking new products up Mt. Everest.

Roxanne Vogel (MS '17), Nutrition & Performance Research Manager, GU Energy Labs

Career Opportunities

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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a median annual income of $60,370 per year for dietitians and nutritionists with a much faster than the average growth rate. 

Program Requirements

Thesis Option

In this program option, you will complete a total of 34 semester credit hours broken down into:

  • 28 credit hours of required coursework
  • Six credit hours of thesis coursework
  • Complete a final oral examination (thesis defense)

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Coursework-only Option

In this program option, you will complete a total of 43 semester credit hours broken down into:

  • 28 credit hours of required coursework
  • 13 credit hours of electives
  • Two credit hours of a capstone seminar

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Admission Requirements

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

Program Contact

Monique LeMieux

K. Shane Broughton

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)
  • Preferred minimum GRE score of 143 verbal and 141 quantitative; GMAT 330 total or verbal score of 21 and quantitative score or 17; or MCAT total score of 500-507 (125-126 critical analysis/reading; biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125-126. Suspended for Summer and Fall 2021 admission cycle.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (or alternate test identified above.) Suspended for Summer and Fall 2021 admission cycle.
  3. Collect and submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition. Please attach all the items as PDFs.
    • A 1-2 page statement of intent providing evidence of work and volunteer experience related to the intended field of study and goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation.

For More Information

2020 Exercise Sports Nutrition Handbook

Shane Broughton, PhD
OMB 307

Monique LeMieux, PhD
Assistant Professor
OMB 314

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