Academic Programs of Study

Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

Master of Science (MS) in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

  • Small class sizes for personalized learning
  • Hands-on education and research
  • Human performance lab and other state-of-the-art facilities

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Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science at Marywood

Push your mind, body, and career to new levels with a master's degree in sports nutrition and exercise science. Our 36-credit program can be completed in just two years. Small class sizes and state-of-the-art labs enable us to provide students with a personalized, hands-on education.

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Full Time

Alan Levine

Alan Levine Ph.D.

Chairperson, Professor
(570) 348-6290
M. Stephanie Campo

M. Stephanie Campo

Administrative Assistant
Helen Battisti

Helen Battisti Ph.D., R.D.N., C.D.N.

Assistant Professor, Director-Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
570-348-6211 x 2235
Jessica Bodzio

Jessica Bodzio MS, RDN, LDN

Clinical Assistant Professor, DPD Director
Diane M. DellaValle

Diane M. DellaValle PhD, RDN

Associate Professor, Research Nutritionist/Dietitian
570-348-6211 x2477
Stephanie Minkoff

Stephanie Minkoff MHSA, RDN, LDN

Director, Dietetic Internship

Kathryn Tullio MS, RDN, LDN


Part Time

Kristine Danilovitz MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC


Erin O'Hora DHSc, RDN, LDN


Tanya Papura MS, RD, LDN


Joanne Pesota


April Rudat MS, RD, LDN


Robert Shutt BA, BS, MS, Ed


Patricia Turissini M.S.

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

Marywood's state-of-the-art human performance lab allows students to study athletes in a variety of environments. The lab 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.


To love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Currently, I work as a Registered Dietitian for the Sports Medicine Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I also work as an adjunct professor at Otterbein University and teach upper level nutrition courses.  I have been with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine for 2½ years. My daily job duties include counseling pediatric and adolescent athletes, speaking engagements for youth and school sports teams, professional presentations, conducting research alongside our sports medicine physicians, and other duties I affectionately refer to as “duties otherwise as assigned”.  Needless to say- I have very few dull or unplanned moments, but to love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.

During my time at Marywood, I was a graduate assistant for the Nutrition and Dietetics Department working alongside some wonderful faculty mentors.  Without this team of faculty, I would wholeheartedly not be where I am today. They were selfless in their efforts to help encourage and coach me through some of the most challenging years of my life.  One of the highlights of my time at Marywood was traveling to Tanzania, Africa to perform a nutrition survey at Bigwa School for Girls in Tanzania. Marywood is affiliated with the African Sisters Educational Collaborative, which helps provide numerous resources for Bigwa. I was asked to collect data about students eating habits at Bigwa and match it against the food offerings, availability, and composition for one week.

Beyond my position at Children’s, I have had the opportunity to co-author a chapter for the new ASPEN Manual, be on National News segments discussing topics such as the Female Athlete Triad, and confer with some of the most well known individuals in the field of sports nutrition. I would not be where I am today without my degree, experiences, friendships, and mentorship I received during my time at Marywood.

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

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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 Athletic Training/Exercise Science. 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 Athletic Training/Exercise Science 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)


SNES 596 Capstone Experience in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science (replaces 595A, B, C) 3


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, Athletic Training/Exercise Science, or other departments with permission of the advisor.