Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science


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  • 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.


The education, experience, and support I received from Marywood University are of immeasurable value to me.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2013 with a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  During my graduate studies, I completed my thesis entitled "Identifying the Relationship between Average Meal Intakes and Level of Satisfaction with Mealtime Environment of Long Term Care Residents".  Additionally I was privileged to have this research accepted to and displayed at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA in October 2014.

Currently, I am employed by Morrison Senior Living as a Nutrition Care Manager in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, I manage the daily tasks and staff of the nutrition services department and oversee the nutritional care of the facility's long term care residents and skilled rehabilitation patients as well as offer outpatient nutrition services to independent residents.  I am also involved with Morrison Senior Living's Dignified Dining Program, which aims to enhance the dining experience for long term care residents with dementia. 

The education, experience, and support I received from Marywood are of immeasurable value to me.  Firstly, the skills, hands-on practice in the field, and knowledge I gained through the dietetic internship allowed a seamless and confident transition into the working world.  Secondly, the academics were challenging, yet relevant to what I would need to apply in the field.  Lastly, I was constantly supported by the Nutrition and Dietetics department; the staff genuinely wishes for their students to succeed and be contributing members of the profession.  I had intelligent and hardworking teachers and mentors during my time at Marywood, many of which have turned into valuable peer relationships, and I always found it motivating to be surrounded by such talented registered dieticians.

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.