Master's Degree Programs in Sports Nutrition
Sports nutritionists work with people to plan nutritious meals that support the physical demands of competitive activities. Learn about prerequisites to enter a master's degree program, what the curriculum is, what you can do after graduation and whether the degree is available online.
What Are the Prerequisites for a Master's Degree Program in Sports Nutrition?
Schools may offer a Master of Science in Sports Nutrition or a master's program in nutrition or exercise with a concentration in sports nutrition. Many schools require that applicants to these programs have a bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics or kinesiology. However, some schools may allow you to apply with a different undergraduate degree, though you must have taken certain courses. Usually, these include:
- Elementary nutrition
- Human anatomy
|Common Courses||Weight management, sports nutrition and performance, wellness education|
|Other Requirements||Become a registered dietitian, certified sports dietician specialist, get involved in sports|
|Career Options||Specialize in professional or collegiate sports organizations, athletic clubs, outpatient care, general medical|
|Median Salary (2018)||$60,370* (for dietitians and nutritionists)|
|Job Outlook (2018-28)||11%* (for all dietitians and nutritionists)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Does the Curriculum Involve?
Through the master's program, you will take core and major sports nutrition courses. You may also be expected to take some courses that pertain to research in the field. If sports nutrition is the emphasis for a broader degree, you will likely have to take additional health, nutrition or exercise courses. Some topics of study could include the following:
- Weight management
- Nutrition for athletes
- Fitness testing
- Athletes and eating disorders
- Sports supplements
- Analyzing nutrition
- Energy from nutrients
- Human nutrition and disease
What Can I Do With This Degree?
With a degree in sports nutrition, you can find jobs in nutrition and exercise for more than just athletes. You can find a job in a hospital, public school or health club working with people to lose, gain or maintain their weight by teaching them nutrition and exercise principles. You could also work with a university or a professional sports team, helping players get to the weight they need to be and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Can I Earn the Degree Online?
Unfortunately, the master's degree in sports nutrition is typically not available entirely online, nor is it available through hybrid formats. Though some individual courses are offered online at different schools, a complete degree program in sports nutrition is unlikely to be available online. However, there are some certificate programs in sports nutrition that are online at the graduate level.