Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science


  • Help athletes choose optium diet & exercise program
  • Education. research & service
  • Nationally recognized program

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The MS in sports nutrition and exercise science is a 45-credit degree that can be completed in two years as a full-time student. The degree requirements consist of 24 credits in core courses, a 9-credit research sequence, culminating in an original research project as a thesis; and 12 credits in electives.

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Jessica Bachman, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2011. Obesity prevention and treatment, sports nutrition.

Jessica Rae Bodzio, Clinical Instructor and DPD Program Director in Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S., Marywood University, 2010. Lifestyle nutrition.

Joanne Christaldi, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Georgia, 2008. Medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness, obesity prevention and control, and food insecurity.

Diana Cuy Castellanos, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 2011. Community nutrition, dietary acculturation, statistics, nutrition transitions.

Maureen Dunne-Touhey, R.D., L.D.N., Director, Dietetic Internship Program, M.S., H.H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, 1983.

Sandra Graham, Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences; M.S., Georgia State University, Doctoral candidate, SUNY Binghamton; Sports Nutrition, Role of the School cafeteria in student identity formation and student nutritional status; teacher education program development.

Lee Harrison, Professor and Chair, Nutrition and Dietetics; Ph.D., NYU 1984. Personality type (MBTI) and its effects on career choice, competence, and ability to predict success; nutrition support/critical care; food habits; health promotion; gerontological nutrition.

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The facilities are state-of-the-art. The Nutrition and Human Performance Laboratories are housed in the newly constructed Keith J. O’Neill Center for Healthy Families and allow students the opportunity to work hands-on in a world-class human performance laboratory. All students have access to the labs. Equipment for use in research includes 8-foot by 10-foot and 3-foot by 6-foot treadmills, a Cybex 6000, a Bod Pod, a DEXA scanner, cycle ergometers, kayak/rowing ergometers, an upper-body ergometer, metabolic carts, an ECG, a lactate analyzer, a near-infrared spectrophotometer for muscle blood flow and energetics research, air-quality analysis equipment, a pulmonary lab, a biochemistry lab, and a climate-control room. New equipment is frequently added.


Working for Powerbar, I’ve met many professional and world-class athletes. I then started my own software company, Visual Veggies Software.

I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a master's degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science from Marywood.  After obtaining my master’s degree, I found a career that was the perfect fit…working for PowerBar! 

In my position, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many athletes, novice and veteran, and teach them the proper recommendations in sports nutrition to help reach their fitness goals.  Over the past eight years, I’ve been fortunate to have met many talented professional and world-class athletes, including Josh Cox (Olympic marathoner), Brandi Chastain (World Cup soccer champ), Peter Reid (three time Ironman World Champion), and Meb Keflezighi (Olympic silver medalist marathoner and 2014 Boston Marathon winner, pictured with Ryan).  I’ve attended several marathon expos, including the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and New York City Marathon and have participated on expert panels with some of the above mentioned athletes. 

In 2005, I started my own software company, Visual Veggies Software.  I created the company to develop software study materials for other nutrition students preparing for their national registration exams.  The software is used or recommended by over 80 nutrition departments at various colleges and universities throughout the nation. 

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is jointly administered by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Health and Physical Education. Applicants to the program leading to a degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science usually have an undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics or an exercise-related field. Individuals with other backgrounds are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they will need at least one year of anatomy and physiology (minimum six credits) and one chemistry course (minimum three credits) and one exercise physiology course (minimum three credits). These courses may be completed at Marywood during the first year of graduate coursework. GREs are required for admission into the program. The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is a 36-credit program requiring 21 credits in core nutrition and exercise science courses, 9 credits in the research sequence, and 6 credits of electives. In addition to the required courses, the candidate must successfully complete and defend an original research project. Students, after consultation with the chairperson, will select a member of the Nutrition/Dietetics or Health and Physical Education faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project. A non-thesis option is also available. 

Program of Study

36 semester hours

21 semester hours

SNES/N D 502 Exercise Testing and Nutrition Assessment (with lab)
SNES/N D 510 Biomechanics
SNES/N D 549 Sports Nutrition
SNES/N D 574 Exercise Physiology (with lab)
SNES/N D 578 Sports Supplements
SNES/N D 581 Advanced Nutrition: Energy Nutrients and Alcohol
SNES/N D 582 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals


9 semester hours

SNES/N D 590 Research Methodology
SNES/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
SNES/N D 595 A, B, C Research Thesis (1 credit each)


N D 596 Capstone Experience in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science (replaces 595A, B, C)


6 semester hours

SNES/N D 503 Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition, and Exercise
SNES/N D 509 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
SNES/N D 513 Exercise and Aging
SNES/N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
SNES/N D 525 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Pharmacology
SNES/N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management

These courses are examples of electives that might be available during a student’s program. Students cannot be guaranteed that a particular elective course will be available. Electives are offered on an approximately three-year rotation.

Additional courses may be selected from graduate courses offered in Nutrition, Health and Physical Education, or other departments with permission of the advisor.