Marywood University

College of Health and Human Services

Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science


2300 Adams Avenue

Scranton, PA 18509

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.-Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The 45-credit graduate degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary program that combines and integrates the fields of nutrition and exercise science to professionally prepare students for careers that focus on maximizing athletic performance and/or the prevention and control of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The program combines classroom learning and research opportunities in Marywood's state-of-the-art Human Physiology Lab.

The program is jointly administered by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Health and Physical Education. 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). 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 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 be assigned a member of the Nutrition/Dietetics or Health and Physical Education faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project.


21 semester hours

*Exercise Testing and Nutrition Assessment (with lab)       


*Sports Nutrition             

*Exercise Physiology (with lab)   

*Sports Supplements

*Energy Nutrients and Alcohol    

*Vitamins and Minerals  


9 semester hours

*Research Methodology              

*Statistical Analysis         

*Research Thesis (1 credit each)


6 semester hours

*Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition, and Exercise       

*Principles of Strength and Conditioning

*Exercise and Aging        

*Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition      

*Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/ Pharmacology     

*Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management

*Exercise and Nutrition Prescriptions in Health and Disease

Additional courses may be selected from graduate courses offered in Nutrition, Health and Physical Education, or other departments with permission of the advisor.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 750.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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