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
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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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.
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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
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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.
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.