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.

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.

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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