The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (HNES) offers a doctoral program in Exercise Science and Nutrition. Exercise Science and Nutrition are traditionally separate disciplines that strive to improve human health or human performance. Combined, the two form a strong and natural approach to improve well-being. Exercise Science and Nutrition includes the study of energy systems, nutrient intake, metabolism, behavior motivation, and the physiology and mechanics of movement. Faculty are scholars in community nutrition, nutrition across the lifespan, clinical nutrition, exercise science, biomechanics, and physical activity and health. Prevention and treatment of obesity, improving physical activity, and building community-based health enhancements across the lifespan are strengths of the HNES faculty. The purpose of the program is to train doctoral students in Exercise Science and Nutrition. The program requires coursework and activities that will produce professionals with strong skills in research, teaching, grant writing, and service who will be competitive and productive in their careers. These professionals will have a strong understanding of both Exercise Science and Nutrition that will enable them to assume positions of leadership in research and teaching in community, government, university or other professional agencies and organizations. Students will acquire ability, knowledge, and research skills in Exercise Science and Nutrition; conduct original research in Exercise Science and Nutrition; gain experience with classroom teaching; and be prepared as professionals in Exercise Science and Nutrition. A doctorate in Exercise Science and Nutrition offers a wide array of career opportunities. Graduates of the program can expect to work for governmental and human service agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit research organizations, as well as in university-level education and research positions. A unique and attractive aspect to this degree is that it can prepare students to work in either nutrition or exercise science academic units upon graduation. Graduates of this program are equipped to meet the needs of changing regional, national, and global populations as related to their health and well-being. Of the qualified PhD applicants we receive, we expect to admit up to five students per year, based on the capacity of our current faculty. In addition to the core faculty members in HNES who will advise students and participate in this program, there are faculty inside and outside of the department whose research interests mesh well with the program. Requirements for applicants with a Master’s degree include 1) Completion of a Master's degree from an accredited university in a field closely related to Nutrition, Health, Dietetics, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science; 2) Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher; 3) GRE exam scores in the upper 50th percentile for the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing portions are given priority admission; 4) At least one graduate course in statistics and one course in research methods, with grades of B or higher in each; 5) A completed thesis or research paper; and 6) Agreement to be advised by current HNES graduate faculty member. Requirements for applicants without an earned Master’s degree include 1) Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a field closely related to Nutrition, Health, Dietetics, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science; 2) Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; 3) GRE exam scores in the upper 50th percentile for the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing portions are given priority admission; 4) At least one statistics course or research methods course with grades of B or higher, and 5) Agreement to be advised by current HNES graduate faculty member. Graduate Assistantships are available for up to 20 hours a week based on faculty need and available funding. Assistantships are renewable on a yearly basis dependent upon student performance. Assistantship awards also include full tuition remission regardless of residency. Students are typically provided shared offices, computers, and access to printers, and support staff. Assistantships typically begin the week before fall semester classes and continue through finals week of spring semester. Summer is not included in most assistantship awards.