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.


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 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.