Master of Science in Nutrition with a Specialization in Sport Nutrition

Maximize athletes’ performance and deepen your knowledge of nutrition in this fast-growing field.

Apply by: 12/21/22
Start class: 1/17/23

Program Overview

Learn more about our M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition

Build a strong career and help others optimize their athletic performance with an online M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition. This accelerated program is ideal if you aspire to provide sound sports nutrition information to athletes and others who are physically active.

You will learn to expertly analyze diet and health status, assess nutritional deficiencies, and provide evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle guidance. Coursework includes theoretical and practical concepts for the development and monitoring of training programs for strength, fitness and conditioning; weight management; and an examination of the scientific method and its application to the study of nutrition-based research.

Research shows that nutrition has a tremendous impact on sports performance. Demand for nutritionists is expected to grow 11% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The credentials you gain from this sport nutrition program can be applied to a variety of settings, including personal training; rehabilitation; and the food, beverage and supplement industry. Sports nutritionists have the training and flexibility to work in fitness clubs, private practices and hospitals, or as consultants for professional athletes and professional athletic teams.

If you are currently a registered dietician, you can receive up to 3 credit hours in the sport nutrition program.

If you are interested in taking the Registration Exam for Dietitian Nutritionist, a Dietetic Internship track is available for those who qualify. Spaces are limited. For more information, please email [email protected].

In this M.S. in Nutrition, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of strength, fitness and conditioning training programs
  • Research weight management and discover strategies for reducing obesity
  • Study the human organism and the role and effects of physical activity
  • Explore eating disorders: from identification and cause to treatment and prevention
  • Gain expertise in how to improve athletic performance and physical activity
  • Gain a deeper understanding of strength, fitness and conditioning training programs
  • Research weight management and discover strategies for reducing obesity
  • Study the human organism and the role and effects of physical activity
  • Explore eating disorders: from identification and cause to treatment and prevention
  • Gain expertise in how to improve athletic performance and physical activity

Career outcomes for the M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition program include:

  • Personal Trainer (private training or athletic club)
  • Coach or Sport Trainer
  • Sport Nutritionist
  • Private Chef
  • Rehabilitation Coach
  • Personal Trainer (private training or athletic club)
  • Coach or Sport Trainer
  • Sport Nutritionist
  • Private Chef
  • Rehabilitation Coach

Total Tuition $9,720*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30
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Tuition

Our budget-friendly tuition can be paid as you go

Below is the tuition breakdown for the online M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Financial Aid

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $9,720*
Per Credit Hour $324

Calendar

When can you start?

Our online M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring I1/17/2312/21/221/3/231/9/233/7/23
Spring II3/8/232/15/232/22/232/27/235/2/23

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/21/22
Class Starts 1/17/23

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Admissions

Requirements for our sport nutrition program

Lamar University’s online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science or Nutrition
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university is required
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5

Co-Requisite Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the necessary prerequisites as prescribed for the Master of Science in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition. In some instances, leveling coursework may be required if undergraduate course transcripts do not provide sufficient evidence for successful mastery of cognitive and/or practical applied skills and abilities as related to the program. All leveling courses are taken online.

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to [email protected]

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Courses

Here's what you'll learn in our online sport nutrition program

The M.S. in Nutrition – Sport Nutrition online program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours), which includes 9 hours of core coursework, 18 hours of concentration courses in nutrition and kinesiology, and 3 hours of electives. There is no clinical requirement.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) can receive up to 3 hours graduate credit in the M.S. in Nutrition program. Proof of current RDN registration must be provided to the M.S. in Nutrition program director after acceptance into the program to receive credit. The 3 credit hours in lieu of coursework credit hours can be earned from one of the following courses:

  • NUTR 5309 – The Energy Nutrients
  • NUTR 5332 – Vitamins & Minerals
Required M.S. Nutrition Program Core (9 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the scientific method and its application to the study of nutrition-based research.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of statistical theory with application of quantitative and qualitative techniques commonly used in Kinesiology research. Offered: Spring.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Integration of learning from previous coursework and enhancement of leadership skills. Utilizing both instruction and self-guided learning, students develop and report on a tangible project addressing community nutrition needs or an area of interest of the student.
Sports Nutrition Concentration: Required Nutrition Courses (9 hours)
Sports Nutrition Concentration: Required Kinesiology Courses (9 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of professional literature and laboratory experimentation on the role of physical activities and their effects on the human organism.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of current research regarding strategies for management of overweight issues and obesity.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Cause, identification, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Students learn screening techniques appropriate for identifying individuals with eating disorders.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theoretical and practical concepts for the development and monitoring of training programs for strength, fitness and conditioning. Survey of relevant literature and practical applications.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theoretical and practical concepts for the development and monitoring of training programs for strength, fitness and conditioning. Survey of relevant literature and practical applications.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of nutrition is discussed as it relates to athletic performance and physical activity.
Sports Nutrition Concentration: Elective Courses (3 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In-depth study of the macronutrients, the major building blocks of life. Sources, classification, functions, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Coverage of the major energy-generating pathways. Emphasis on various categories of macronutrients as related to health. Metabolism and health effects of alcohol.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In-depth study of communication and counseling skills utilized in conducting nutrition education to individuals and groups in community clinic settings. Requires case study presentation utilizing a transdisciplinary, developmental problem-solving model as a learning framework to enhance critical-thinking skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis on science-based literature of popular complementary and alternative nutrition therapies, including phytonutrients, functional foods, herbals, botanicals, and dietary supplements. Nontraditional medical practices commonly used to improve health will also be covered. The safety, efficacy, and standardization of dietary supplements will be discussed.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of global cultures and eating habits. Exploration of health and well-being as affected by food and culture.

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