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M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science

 

The Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science (M.S.-ENS) 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 strong foundation for further study and research including those pursuing a terminal degree. The program offers three entry points throughout the academic year (spring, summer and fall semester), 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. The program helps to prepare for certification exams including 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.

High-Tech Facilities

Having published numerous papers and abstracts, and secured funding in recent years, the students and staff working in the UT Human Performance Research Lab have become nationally and internationally recognized. The laboratory is equipped to provide students a sophisticated and advanced human performance and sport nutrition experience. Students have opportunities to advance their skills in human performance testing and athlete monitoring. 

Equipment contained in the lab includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorbtiometry for bone mineral density, lean mass and fat mass
  • Ultrasonography to measure skeletal muscle size, locate soft tissue injuries and quantify blood flow, and blood vessel diameter
  • Metabolic carts for VO2 max and resting metabolism measures
  • Wingate peak power bikes for anaerobic power testing
  • AMTI force plate for power and velocity
  • Tendo units for movement, specifically power and velocity
  • Dynavision for vision training, reaction time and cognitive function
  • Electromyography for neural function and skeletal muscle activation
  • High tech motion analysis and heavy duty motorized treadmills with 40-degree incline ability
  • Minus 80°C freezer to maintain the integrity of biological samples
  • Blood lactate analyzers to examine metabolic stress and lactate threshold
  • Piccolo blood analyzer
  • BTE Primus isokinetic, isotonic and isometric dynomometers for measurement of force, power and velocity in virtually any plane
  • Catapult, applied GPS for athlete monitoring
  • A fully equipped 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.-ENS is to examine the relationship between the two fields as it relates to optimizing athletic performance and/or clinical exercise physiology. 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 allows students put their theories to test. UT faculty and students have also conducted extensive research with 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.

Internationally Recognized

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.  

Outstanding Faculty

The program’s highly respected faculty has achieved national and international reputations for academic and applied success in their respective fields. 

 

Fall
9 credit hours

  • Dimensions in Strength Training*
  • Research Methods in Health Sciences*
  • Special Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Science*
     
 

Summer I
3 credit hours

  • Sports Nutrition*

Summer II
3 credit hours

  • Exercise and Nutrition Science Theory*

 

PRACTICUM
3 credit hours  



COMPRE­HENSIVE EXAM*
1 credit hour

Winter Intersession
2 credit hours

  • Exercise and Nutrition Laboratory Techniques*
 
     

May Term
3 credit hours

  • Professional Issues and the Practitioner*
 

 

Spring
9 credit hours

  • Sports Supplements and Ergonomic Aids*
  • Physiology and Energetics of Exercise Science
  • Current Perspectives in Exercise Science
 

*Hybrid courses.