Master of Science, 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 your temporary advisor after the first semester.
A dietetic internship may be available to those who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) before enrolling in our graduate program.
|Final Deadline||Earlier Deadlines (optional)|
|Must submit application by||Graduate assistantship eligibility:||Dietetic internship:|
|Fall||April 1||February 1||December 15*|
|Spring||October 1||July 1|
|The master’s program admits in the fall and spring semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.|
|*If applying for the DI to start in the fall semester, all admissions application materials must be received for the master’s program by December 15 of the preceding year.|
- An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work.
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
- Prerequisites must be completed before you enter the program. (Please see individual program prerequisite courses in the appropriate tab.)
- A competitive GRE General Test score; recommended 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. Due to COVID-19, Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 MS Sports Nutrition applicants will have the GRE general test requirement waived.
- International students: Applicants must submit an official English Proficiency Score Report. A TOEFL iBT® score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) or an IELTSTM Academic score of at least 6.5 is required. The department recommends 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) TOEFL for a competitive application to the doctoral program. 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. Other requirements, outside of the admissions application, must be met to qualify for an assistantship.
Satisfactory grades must be earned in all prerequisite courses; minimums greater than a C are listed by the course. The required prerequisite undergraduate courses for the Sports Nutrition program are:
- Exercise Physiology with Lab, upper-division course
- Science of Nutrition (B minus or better)
- Nutrition and Sports
- Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
- Survey of Biochemistry + Lab
- Metabolism of Nutrients
Note: Students have the option to take the undergraduate Exercise Physiology leveling course during the first semester of their graduate program. However, by selecting this option, it may take additional time to complete the other degree requirements due to sequencing of classes.
You must apply directly to Sports Nutrition.
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 quickly receive an admissions decision.
- Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
- Once you have submitted your application:
- Complete the Faculty Preference list, in order of preference, three faulty members with whom you would like to work with throughout your graduate program.
- Upload a Statement of Purpose outlining your research interests and 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. Please indicate up to three FSU faculty members with whom you would like to work and why. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the NFES faculty. You must also state if you intend to initially 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. 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.
- Submit official GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required. Due to COVID-19, Florida State University has waived the GRE test requirement for the master’s program for Fall 2021.
- International Students: Submit an official English Proficiency Score Report:
- TOEFL test scores electronically from ETS.org 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 IELTS.org to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions at:
Office of Graduate Admissions at:
Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
222 S Copeland St / Westcott Bldg
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410
- Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript).
Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days for the Office of Admissions to process your incoming materials.