2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (M.S.) - Nutritional Sciences Specialization


Program Coordinator/Contact

Elizabeth Droke, Associate Professor
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 433, Box 2275A
605-688-5150

Program Information

The M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences provides an opportunity to specialize in Nutritional Sciences or Exercise Science. Students are prepared for careers in clinical, industry, or research fields. A partial list includes clinical dietitians, public health nutritionists, research dietitians, clinical exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, research assistants or coordinators, instructors, or public health officials.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply foundational knowledge and skills in the theory and application of nutrition and exercise sciences to professional practice, education, and research.
  • Develop effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Critically analyze and synthesize scientific evidence to defend a position.
  • Demonstrate effective career preparedness.

Course Load Information

Students enrolled in six or more state-supported credits within a given semester will be charged the current special discipline fee.

Course Delivery Format

The program consists of lecture, laboratory, and experiential learning opportunities. Some courses are delivered online.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences aims to provide premier academic programs and high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 32 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework Only


Total Required Credits: 32 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)


Additional Admissions Requirements


GRE:  Not required
TOEFL: required score of 550 paper-based, 79-80 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 110

  • Letter of application stating to include the following:  primary area of interest (dietetics, nutrition, etc.); desired research focus; long-term goals outlining career goals; interest in assistantship (teaching nutrition or research); reason(s) for attending graduate school; current professional certifications and credentials; an interview (in person or via phone) is highly encouraged but not required.
  • Two recommendations letters from professionals knowledgeable in applicants graduate school potential.

Master’s Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Admission Requirements

Entering students for the Master’s degree will be required to have a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, exercise science, nutrition, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, or other related field from an accredited institution.  Students with other educational backgrounds may be admitted conditionally.  They will be required to complete the necessary coursework to eliminate deficiencies in their background during their first semester in the program. 

Pre-requisites for the Master’s degree include STAT 281 or equivalent, NUTR 315, CHEM 106/108 or CHEM 112/114 or equivalent, BIOL 221, BIOL 325, and EXS 350 or equivalent for students in the Exercise Science Specialization.

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .