Graduate Programs

M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science

In the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) M.S. and Ph.D. programs, we train students to become the next generation of scholars, university faculty, and researchers. Our graduates have successfully obtained positions of their choice in some of the nation’s leading academic institutions.

The HDFS curriculum addresses relational and family process in contemporary families, such as cohabiting couples, families of divorce and remarriage, military families, and foster families. Faculty are noted for their study of children’s friendships, couple dynamics, intimate partner violence, parenting practices, racial socialization, among other topics

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Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has a long and rich history. The program addresses family processes and empirically-supported relational interventions for today’s diverse families through the engagement in programmatic research and advanced clinical preparation.

Our emphasis is on providing the training necessary to become a scholar well-equipped for an academic position while advancing clinical expertise. The program is designed to produce MFT leaders who are invested in contributing to scientific knowledge through sophisticated programs of research.

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M.S. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology

Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health.

Our exercise physiology programs are cutting-edge and fully prepare students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers. We offer courses that provide a firm foundation in essential scientific knowledge, technical know-how, and practical skills through teaching, research, publication, and service. Current research includes cardiovascular, neuromuscular, metabolic, hormonal, and body composition/functionality responses to acute and chronic physical activity (exercise) in association with various factors such as nutrients, environmental stress, and chronic diseases by utilizing both human and animal models.

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M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science

The M.S. program in nutrition and food science prepares students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers through rigorous coursework. We provide a foundation of essential scientific methods, technical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking.

Students choose to specialize in either food science or nutrition science. A dietetic internship may be available to those who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) before enrolling in our graduate program.

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M.S. in Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition is a growing area of interest and a great fit for those who want to learn about clinical nutrition in multifaceted environments.

The sports nutrition major integrates coursework from exercise physiology and nutrition science disciplines. Having a dual focus allows for students to gain a better understanding of how both nutrition and exercise impact human performance, health and disease.

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M.S. in Sports Sciences

The Sports Sciences major is designed for students who have a passion for working with elite athletes as a strength and conditioning specialist at the high school, university or professional level.

Students in the major will be academically prepared to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The program can be completed in 5 semesters. All admitted master’s students are assigned to the non-thesis track.

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