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Athletic Training and Exercise Science

  • Small class size
  • Hands-on clinical experiences for athletic training students
  • Expansive list of clinical sites: high schools, universities, orthopaedic offices, and physical therapy sites
  • Seven semesters of field experience at local colleges, high schools, and universities

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The mission of the Graduate Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Science is to provide dedicated faculty, quality facilities, and a diverse environment, which supports nationally recognized graduate education, research, and service in the area of sports nutrition/exercise science.


The program promotes scholarship with a central focus on current research and advanced education. By providing a supportive environment, the program seeks to enable students and faculty to synthesize, interpret, and apply research for the advancement of their discipline and improvement in their practice.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goals of the sports nutrition/exercise science program are to develop proficient professionals who will be proactive in scholarship and leadership in their respective fields.

The objectives of the program are:

  1. To foster a learning environment that leads to quality teaching and learning.
  2. To prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical and practical areas of exercise science and sports nutrition.
  3. To promote student commitment to life-long learning, professional development, and community service..

M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science 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), one chemistry course (minimum three credits), and one exercise physiology 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 science 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. A non-thesis option is also available. 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.

Program of Study

36 semester hours


21 semester hours

SNES/N D 502 Exercise Testing and Nutrition Assessment (with lab)
SNES/N D 510 Biomechanics 3
SNES/N D 549 Sports Nutrition
SNES/N D 574 Exercise Physiology (with lab)
SNES/N D 578 Sports Supplements
SNES/N D 581 Energy Nutrients and Alcohol 3
SNES/N D 582 Vitamins and Minerals 3


9 semester hours

SNES/N D 590 Research Methodology
SNES/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
SNES/N D 595
A, B, C
Research Thesis (1 credit each)


SNES/N D 596 Capstone Experience in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science (replaces 595 A,B,C)  3


6 semester hours

SNES/N D 503 Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition, and Exercise
SNES/N D 509 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
SNES/N D 513 Exercise and Aging
SNES/N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
SNES/N D 525 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Pharmacology
SNES/N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management

These courses are examples of electives that might be available during a student’s program. Students cannot be guaranteed that a particular elective course will be available. Electives are offered on an approximately three=year rotation.

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

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