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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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:
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.
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:
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.
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.