Nutrition and Exercise Physiology MS

Master of Science in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Forward-thinking faculty at the college created, in 1982, the first U.S. graduate program combining nutrition and exercise sciences. Today, offered jointly with the Applied Exercise Physiology Program, the master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology provides our students with a comprehensive foundation in both nutrition and exercise physiology alike based on the most current research evidence—alongside a practical environment where they can apply these learned skills.

In addition to coursework in preparation for the Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) credential, students may be eligible for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications including Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP), as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), depending on coursework completed. In addition, students are provided training in sports nutrition and participate in a practicum with collegiate athletes. Students also have the opportunity to participate in on-going research projects.

This cross-discipline program provides graduates with the knowledge and strategies/skills to implement both nutrition and exercise or physical activity programs for a variety of audiences and to work in sports nutrition.

More specifically, this degree prepares graduates to address the many preventive health and disease management issues that are more satisfactorily attended to by the complementary roles of both nutrition and exercise than by either one alone; to apply the principles from both fields to sports performance and physical fitness; and to provide relevant and accurate information about sports nutrition to athletes and other exercising people.

To fulfill these different roles, this degree also prepares graduates to use educational and behavioral change theory and strategies to provide individual counseling and group education in sports nutrition with professional, collegiate, and high school athletic teams as well as other exercising individuals, and to design and implement exercise and nutrition programs for the public in weight control centers, work sites, fitness centers, community centers, healthcare settings and private practice.

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Admissions Information

Master of Science

  • Points/Credits: 52
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test, MCAT, GMAT, or DAT

How to Apply

The Nutrition faculty reviews applications throughout the year. However, preference in scholarship awards will go to students whose applications arrive during the initial months of each calendar year.

To be considered for admission to the Program in Nutrition, applicants must submit the following through the Admissions application:

  • Application document
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Official transcripts that confirm completion of at least five of the seven master's prerequisite courses. If admitted to the Program in Nutrition, the outstanding master's prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to beginning master's courses. Please note that the following master's prerequisites must be completed within five years of beginning master's courses: introductory nutrition, biochemistry, anatomy & physiology I with lab, and anatomy & physiology II with lab. (Basic statistics, general chemistry with lab, and organic chemistry with lab can be older than five years.)
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on the general exam.

Each application is reviewed within a few weeks of the Nutrition faculty receiving the application from the Office of Admission. Prospective students will receive formal letters informing them of their admission status.

Since applications remain "active" for one year within the Office of Admission, applications can be submitted in piecemeal. However, an application will not be forwarded to the Nutrition faculty for review until the application is submitted as complete. If you have questions about your submitted application, please contact Admissions at 212-678-3710. 


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Course Requirements

Master of Science: General Requirements

The major program emphases are in the fields of Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Public Health, and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Students in all three M.S. programs may qualify for the Dietetic Internship through coursework for the M.S. degrees and the completion of additional academic prerequisites and requirements specifically for the Dietetic Internship. All three M.S. Nutrition degrees require the following core courses:

  • HBSV 4010 Food, Nutrition, and Behavior
  • HBSV 4013 Nutritional Ecology
  • HBSV 4014 Community Nutrition
  • HBSV 5010 Advanced Nutrition I
  • HBSV 5011 Advanced Nutrition II
  • HBSV 5013 Strategies for Nutrition Education and Health Behavior Change
  • HBSV 5014 Analysis of Current Literature and Research in Nutrition
  • HBSV 5015 Nutritional Epidemiology
  • HBSV 5033-5034 Nutrition Care Process and Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II
  • HBSV 5036 Nutrition Counseling
  • HBSV 5231, 5232, or 5233 Extended Fieldwork in Nutrition and Public Health, Nutrition and Education, or Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • BBSR 5582 Research Eesign in the Movement Sciences, or
  • HBSS 5040 Research Methods in Health and Behavior Studies , or
  • HBSS 6100 Measurement and Program Evaluation

As noted above, all three Master of Science degrees require a block of supervised fieldwork as well as a substantial integrative departmental project or thesis. Fieldwork can take place in the New York City area, in other parts of the United States, or in an international setting, depending on the interests of the student. The Dietetic Internship may satisfy the fieldwork experience requirement. Students must also submit a portfolio of their work in preparation for a Dietetic Internship.

Master of Science: Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

The Program in Nutrition and the Program in Applied Physiology, offer a joint course of study leading to a 55-point Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP). In addition to the core courses in nutrition, students are required to take a core of courses in applied physiology. The program prepares students to provide individual counseling and group education in nutrition and exercise and to design and implement exercise and nutrition programs in weight control centers, work sites, fitness centers and with Olympic, professional, collegiate, or high school athletic teams as well as health centers, community centers, and hospitals.

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