Sports Nutrition

M.S. in Exercise Physiology
Major: 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.

All admitted students are assigned to the non-thesis track. To apply for the thesis track, students must be in good academic standing and have the support of graduate faculty after the first semester.

dietetic internship may be available to those who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) before enrolling in our graduate program.

If you meet the below requirements, we encourage you to apply to the program.

1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work.

2. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university. Questions about degree equivalency should be directed to

3. The GRE general test requirement is waived for MS applicants to our departmental programs through the fall 2026 admission cycle. Master’s applicants may choose to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) and submit scores. We recommend a score of above the 50th percentile (approximately 150) in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 or higher on the writing section. Please note that it can take up to ten (10) days after sitting for the GRE for an official score report to be sent to the university.

4. International students: Applicants must submit an English Proficiency Score Report. A TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) or an IELTST Academic score of at least 6.5 is required. Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants. Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program.

Before you submit your online application and pay the application fee, please carefully review the required documentation on the Application Process tab.

In order to be successful in the major, background knowledge in related sciences should be obtained. Students have the option to take the undergraduate courses prior to the start graduate program or as leveling courses during their graduate program. If electing to take these courses while in the graduate program (leveling courses), it may take additional time to complete the other degree requirements due to sequencing of classes.

Undergraduate courses recommended for the Master’s in Sports Nutrition program are:

  • Exercise Physiology with Lab, upper-division course (C or better)
  • Science of Nutrition or equivalent (B- or better)
  • Nutrition and Sports (C or better)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
  • Survey of Biochemistry + Lab (C or better)
  • Metabolism of Nutrients (C or better)

You must apply directly to the Sports Nutrition major.

All items below must be on file, and the fee paid, before an application is considered complete and ready for review. We encourage you to submit and complete your application early. The graduate admissions committee reviews completed applications throughout the open application period, which allows you to receive an admissions decision more quickly.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
      • Upload a Statement of Purpose outlining your career goals. We want to know how your background and prior training make you the right candidate and why Florida State University is a good fit for you.  If interested in research, we strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the HNFS facultyFor those that will meet DPD requirements prior to enrollment in our master’s degree program, clearly state whether you intend to separately apply to the dietetic internship.
      • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
      • Enter contact information for two recommenders. The system will directly contact your recommender and provide them with a link to upload their letter. Letters must be received by the posted deadline. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. Please list a work/business email address for each recommender. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked for who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
  3. The GRE general test requirement is waived for MS applicants to the Sports Nutrition major through the fall 2026 admission cycle. Master’s applicants may choose to submit GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  4. Submit transcripts to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. Even if courses are posted to another institution’s transcript, we require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended. Please have transcripts sent directly from your institution to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. If you are a domestic student that attended an institution outside of the U.S., you will be required to provide a credential evaluation for that transcript (please see below regarding credentialing).
      • Send electronic transcripts to:
      • Send paper transcripts to:
        Florida State University
        Office of Graduate Admissions
        222 S. Copeland St., 314 Westcott Bldg.
        Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

International Students:

1. Submit an English Proficiency Score Report:

      • TOEFL test scores electronically from to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The university’s reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
      • IELTS Academic test scores in physical (paper) form directly from to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions at:
        • Florida State University
          Office of Graduate Admissions
          222 S. Copeland St., 314 Westcott Bldg.
          Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

2. Florida State University (FSU) requires a course-by-course credential evaluation for all applicants who have taken courses at non-U.S. institutions. International and domestic applicants must submit their official transcripts from international institutions through a NACES-approved evaluator. SpanTran has created a custom application for FSU that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. This link is found in the application checklist. Please also see the “Transcript Requirement” section on the Graduate School website,, for detailed information on university transcript requirements for graduate students.

Please allow the Office of Graduate Admissions time to process your incoming materials.

For questions about the application process:

CEHHS Office of Academic Services and Intern Support – HNFS Grad Admissions


Master’s program admission Deadline
Fall April 1
Spring October 1
Summer No admission

This program admits in the fall and spring semesters only. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted and only complete applications will be reviewed.

Additionally, admission to the graduate program is term specific. If you decide to apply for a different semester or major, you will need to start a new application. If you are unable to attend the semester for which you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.

Master’s program admission
for Dietetic Internship (DI) eligibility
Fall December 15
Spring N/A
Summer No admission

Only students in qualifying FSU master’s degree programs may apply to the DI, which starts in the fall semester.

  • All admissions application materials for the master’s degree program must be received by December 15 of the preceding year.
  • Current students in this master’s degree program may also be eligible to apply to the DI starting the next fall.

All students interested in the DI must also 1) have a DPD statement and 2) apply to the Dietetic Internship. Please see DI application details here.