M.S. in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

In this program, you will learn how to affect changes in exercise and nutrition habits for individuals and groups. You also will be involved in research studies such as those that determine how diet and exercise impact muscle proteins and body composition.

This program is offered at TWU's Denton campus only.

Careers & Salaries

Upon graduation, you can 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. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $50,000 for registered dietitians, with those having sports nutrition skills earning even more.

Why Exercise & Sports Nutrition at TWU?

TWU offers three options to help you tailor this degree to meet your professional goals:

  • Thesis (34 semester credit hours)
  • Coursework only (43 semester credit hours)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma (30 semester credit hours)

Regardless of which option you choose, our program focuses on collaborative research and practical experience that encourages you to think independently and creatively.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites
    • Exercise Physiology and Advanced Physiology (6-8 hours)
    • Exercise Testing and Prescription (3-4 hours)
    • Biochemistry (3-4 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)
  • GRE required
  • One-two page statement of intent providing evidence of work and volunteer experience related to the intended field of study and goals
  • Two letters of recommendation

See full admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

As a full-time student, you can complete this master's degree within 4-5 semesters, depending on whether you select the thesis, coursework-only or IOC option.

See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

*Admission to the Master's Programs in Nutrition & Food Sciences

Program Contact


Application Deadlines

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

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
  • 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.)

For More Information

Shane Broughton, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Monique LeMieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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