2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Lee Weidauer, Assistant Professor
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 443, Box 2275A

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 strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, worksite wellness, fitness center management, extension, sports performance, or community health. 

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.

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: 79-80 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS:  6.5
Duolingo: 110

  • Letter of application stating the following:  primary area of interest (dietetics, exercise science, nutrition, etc.); desired research focus; long-term goals outlining career goals; interest in assistantship (teaching or research); if interested in an assistantship describe experiences to support the assistantship; 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. 

Prerequisites 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 for students in the Exercise Science Specialization EXS 350 or equivalent.

General Requirements

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

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