• Integrate theories, practices, skills of nutrition & exercise science
  • Become an advocate, clinician, manager, educator, researcher, specialist
  • Be a proactive scholar and leader in your field

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Nutrition at Marywood

This degree will deepen and broaden your nutrition knowledge and skills. It will allow you to compete for more challenging positions in the nutrition field as well as to enter Doctoral programs in Nutrition. You will learn how to design, conduct, interpret and apply research. These skills will make you more valuable as a practitioner, a professional who can prove the worth of their services.

More About This Degree

Jessica Bodzio
Clinical Assistant Professor, DPD Director

Lee Harrison
Chairperson, Professor

Alan Levine

Diane M. DellaValle
Associate Professor, Research Nutritionist/Dietitian

Marywood faculty members are active in the American Dietetic Association and have professional contacts across the country which can assist you in your job search and other educational opportunities.

This is just a sample of our Nutrition and Dietetics faculty - see them all!

The program is housed in the O’Neill Healthy Family Center a beautiful, modern building that has won an award for architectural design. There are 3 classrooms, which are technologically up to date as well as a computer laboratory. A food science lab contains instruments that allow students to cook and measure food’s volume and acidity levels. The Food Sensory Lab provides a blind taste test area for students to examine food quality. Students also have the ability to use the Human Performance laboratory housed in this building. In addition, you have the support of the library staff, computer services, counseling services and career services offices located throughout the Marywood campus.


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 a regionally 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

Find Your Counselor

Jason Thiel

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2591

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in the summer of 2013.  I was born and raised in Scranton, PA and earned my BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management from Marywood University.  I have over 8 years of admissions experience and love helping students and families find the right educational fit.

My interests:  I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it's movie night with my wife, dance recitals for my daughter, or baseball with my son.  I also enjoy, coaching youth sports, traveling, Phillies baseball, Syracuse basketball, and Dolphins football.  You may also find me watching reruns of Animal Planets TV show, Finding Bigfoot!

My favorite thing about Marywood: The feel!!  I love walking around campus and talking to students and meeting with staff & faculty.  It’s a beautiful campus spread out over 115 acres but still has that small hometown feel to it. 

My favorite place at Marywood: There isn’t a place I don’t like.  If I had to pick it would have to be the Rotunda.  It is beautiful and I went from studying in it as a student to now walking through it on my way to my office in the admissions department.

You’d never guess: I have trained for and completed 5 Marine Corp Marathons and my goal is 20.  Why I torture myself I do not know.

Best advice: Do your homework.  Find a school you love and a major that you are excited about.  Do truly what you love because you will work for 40-50 years of your life and LIVE YOUR PASSION.

M.S. in Nutrition

Applicants to the program leading to a degree in Nutrition are required to have earned a degree in nutrition, foods, or dietetics from an accredited undergraduate institution. Individuals with other degrees are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they need to have at least 3 credits in chemistry and 6 credits in anatomy and physiology as prerequisite to satisfy the departmental admissions committee. If they wish to meet the academic requirements for an RD, other prerequisites will be necessary which vary depending on what the applicant has taken as an undergraduate. GREs are required for admission into the program. The M.S. in Nutrition is a 36-credit program requiring 9 credits in core nutrition courses, 9 credits in the research sequence, and 18 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 faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project.

Program of Study

36 semester hours

9 semester hours

N D 560 Biochemistry of Nutrition and Exercise
N D 581 Advanced Nutrition: The Energy Nutrients and Alcohol
N D 582 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals


9 semester hours

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


N D 596 Capstone Experience 3


18 semester hours

N D 502 Exercise Testing and Nutrition
Assessment (with lab)
N D 503 Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition
and Exercise
N D 504 Nutrition and Gerontology
N D 505 Maternal and Child Nutrition
N D 506 Nutrition and Human Behavior
N D 507 International Nutrition
N D 520 Recent Trends in Normal Nutrition
N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
N D 525 Clinical Nutrition: Pharmacology
and Fluid-Electrolyte Balance
N D 530 Health Promotion
N D 534 Private Practice in Nutrition,
Exercise Science and Health Promotion
N D 536 Communication Techniques in
Nutrition and Exercise
N D 541 Nutrition and Women’s Health
N D 549 Sports Nutrition
N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight
N D 599 Independent Study

Additional courses from the core or electives in the M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science may be selected with permission of the department Chairperson.

Other courses may be acceptable from Gerontology, Psychology, or other departments with permission of the chairperson.