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 to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

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

Program Contact

K. Shane Broughton

Monique LeMieux

Application Deadlines

Fall โ€” June 15
Spring โ€” October 1
Summer โ€” 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
    • 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)
  • A baccalaureate degree in kinesiology, nutrition, or its equivalent.
  • Preferred minimum GRE score of 153 verbal and 140 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who meet all other requirements but lack up to 9 semester credit hours of prerequisite undergraduate courses may be admitted provisionally to this program. They will complete all 9 semester credit hours during the first two semesters of graduate work.

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.)
  3. Collect and submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to NFSGradAdvising@twu.edu 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

Shane Broughton, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Monique LeMieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Page last updated 3:09 PM, August 9, 2019