Nutrition and Exercise

Nutrition and Exercise Master of Science (M.S.)

Students in the master's program (Option II or Option III) and in the Nutrition and Exercise Specialization will be advised by Dr. Shinya Takahashi or Dr. Richard Schmidt.

Doctoral students or master’s students (Option I) who plan to continue through the doctoral program interested in exercise physiology and nutrition research will be advised by Dr. Terry Housh.  

Students will acquire core competencies in nutrition, exercise, research design, and statistics. Most students in the master’s program will be non-thesis and focus on courses individualized to their goals. Master's students completing a research thesis, as well as doctoral students, will conduct research in faculty members' laboratories.  

M.S., Nutrition and Exercise Specialization

Requires the following courses (16 credit hours) which are also available to doctoral students:

  • NUTR 884 Physiology of Exercise (3)*
  • NUTR 886 Exercise Testing (4)*
  • NUTR 856 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)*
  • NUTR 858 Nutrition and Exercise (3) or NUTR 960 Nutrient Function During Exercise
  • NUTR 950 Integrated Principles of Human Nutrition (3) or 900-level metabolism course 

*If you have already completed these as undergraduate courses (NUTR 484, NUTR 486, or NUTR 456), then, in consultation with your advisor after admission, you will select graduate courses within the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences appropriate to your career goals as well as graduate courses within other departments. Examples of courses of interest to our students can be found here.

Total credits required: 

  • M.S. Option I (thesis required, few students admitted) - 30 total credit hours
  • M.S. Option II or M.S. Option III (both non-thesis) - 36 total credit hours
Work Opportunities and Fellowships

Masters Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship with Dr. Shinya Takahashi 

  • Available yearly starting in the fall
  • Teaching is in the fall and spring semesters
  • Preference is for students who have completed an undergraduate course in biomechanics and are interested in supervising students in practicums in exercise and in teaching courses in health living and preparing for careeers in nutrition, exercise, and health sciences.
  • To be considered for this assistantship, students must have completed their application to our gaduate program and must plan to complete the Nutrition and Exercise specialization.

More information regarding assistantships and fellowships can be found here

Doctoral Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship with Dr. Terry Housh and Dr. Richard Schmidt

  • Available yearly starting in the fall.
  • Only students with completed applications will be considered for this graduate assistantship.
  • To be considered for this assistantship, students should remain committed to a research career and assure completion of courses in Exercise Science.
Preferred Courses Prior to Admission: 
  • Two semesters of general chemistry (CHEM 109 General Chemistry 1, CHEM 110 General Chemistry 2)
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry)
  • One semester of biochemistry with lab (BIOC 321 Biochemistry)
  • Human physiology with lab (BIOS 213 Human Physiology)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (BIOS 214 Human Anatomy)

Undergraduate catalog


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-NSCA
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist-ACSM
  • Nutrition and Exercise Consultant
  • Health-Fitness Instructor-ACSM
  • Exercise Specialist-ACSM

Application to this program

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select:
Major/Degree: Nutrition and Health Sciences
Specialization: Nutrition and Exercise