The Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science prepares students to work in government, business, the sports industry and in education as practitioners on professional interdisciplinary teams. The program is for students seeking a terminal degree as well as for those seeking a strong foundation for further study and research. The program offers three entry points throughout the academic year, and courses are scheduled to allow an efficient timeline to degree completion for full-time students. Students are provided experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and are prepared for both the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examinations, the premier certifications in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition, upon graduation if they choose to pursue certification.
Having published more than 100 papers and abstracts, and secured several hundred thousand dollars in funding over the last three years, the students and staff working in the UT Human Performance Research Lab have become nationally and internationally recognized. The lab is one of the most sophisticated and advanced human performance and sport nutrition laboratories in the world, allowing students the opportunity to advance their skills in human performance testing. Equipment contained in the lab includes:
- AMTI force plate for power and velocity
- Dynavision for vision training, reaction time and cognitive function
- Tendo units for movement, specifically power and velocity
- Ultrasonography to measure skeletal muscle size, locate soft tissue injuries and quantify blood flow and blood vessel diameter
- Wingate peak power bikes for anaerobic power testing
- Electromyography for neural function and skeletal muscle activation
- Metabolic carts for VO2 max and resting metabolism measures
- Dual X-ray absorbtiometry for bone mineral density, lean mass and fat mass
- Minus 80°C freezer to maintain the integrity of biological samples
- High tech motion analysis and heavy duty motorized treadmills with 40-degree incline ability
- BTR Primus isokinetic, isotonic and isometric dynomometers for measurement of force, power and velocity in virtually any plane
- Blood lactate analyzers to examine metabolic stress and lactate threshold
- A fully equiped strength and conditioning laboratory
Converging Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Like Never Before
Most university programs segregate the study of exercise and nutrition sciences. The goal of UT’s M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science is to examine the relationship between the two fields in regard to optimizing athletic performance. The program combines advanced concepts from exercise physiology and strength and conditioning to teach students how nutrition can impact each area. Through numerous hands-on experiences and rigorous classroom study, students gain an unparalleled awareness of the intersection of these sciences.
Learning by Doing
M.S.-ENS students “learn by doing” through performance-based programming, which prepares practitioners to work with a wide variety of athletes. The department’s advanced labs and technology help students prepare for the real world. UT’s relationships with numerous local athletic teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning allow students put their theories to test. UT faculty and students have also conducted extensive research with more than a dozen high-impact companies that are involved in exercise and nutrition/supplementation. These collaborations give students an insider’s view of the industry and provide a strong network for post-graduation jobs.
Based on the rigor and innovation of the M.S.-ENS program, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recognized it as the first graduate program in Florida to offer approved coursework for preparation for the CISSN examination.
The program’s highly respected faculty has achieved national and international reputations for academic and applied success in their respective fields.
J.C. Andersen, Ph.D. – pain and sports medicine
Mary Martinasek, Ph.D. – mixed-method research inquiry and health program evaluation
Jay O’Sullivan, Ph.D. – internships in exercise and nutrition science
Ronda Sturgill, Ph.D. – kinesiology and program evaluation
Eric Vlahov, Ph.D. – exercise physiology, nutrition and sports psychology
Jacob Wilson, Ph.D. – sport nutrition, strength and conditioning, and skeletal muscle physiology
Our highly flexible program allows students to complete the program within one year. With three entry points into the program, students are able to take classes throughout the year and take time off as needed.