Nutrition - Sports Nutrition (M.S.)

Nutrition - Sports Nutrition (M.S.)

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Sports Nutrition

Total Hours: 30

Program Coordinator

Dr. Amy Shows, (409) 880-7962, 126 Nutrition, Hospitality and Human Services Bldg.,, Master of Science, Nutrition

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Interpret and evaluate current nutrition literature.
  2. Increase cultural competence to integrate healthy food choices into diverse food patterns for sports nutrition.
  3. Evaluate and present appropriate nutrition guidelines to athletes and individuals participating in physical fitness and exercise.
  4. Develop marketable and lifelong learning skills.

Program Student Outcomes

Upon program completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop a research proposal using evidence-based practice, thus communicating effectively in writing.
  2. Provide a professional presentation using appropriate evidence-based nutrition guidelines, thus communicating effectively orally.
  3. Develop a professional portfolio, thus showing evidence of planning for lifelong learning.


The Master of Science in Nutrition-Sports Nutrition is a 30-hour program. The program core includes 3 hours in Nutrition Research, 3 hours in Statistics and 3 hours in Nutrition Capstone. Students then will take the 18 hours of courses in the area of sports nutrition and are able to select a 3 hour elective. The curriculum prepares students for careers in nutrition and/or nutrition-related fields by developing marketable skills including leadership, flexibility, maturity, dedication, dependability, and enthusiasm. This unique program joins two fields: nutrition and exercise science to build upon foundation knowledge in each of the respective background areas. The M.S. in Nutrition culminates with the Nutrition Capstone course where students have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. This concluding experience is designed to expand students’ capacity to master new content, think critically, and develop life-long learning skills across the disciplines of sports nutrition. This master's degree does not provide the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship, or the eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nutrition or exercise science from an accredited university or college and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher GPA of 3.0 or higher.