PhD Degrees in Sports Nutrition

Learn about doctorate degree programs that include specializations or courses in sports nutrition. Find out the prerequisites for exercise and nutrition programs, common courses, online degree options and salary information for nutritionists. Schools offering Nutrition degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are Ph.D.s Available in Sports Nutrition?

Doctoral degrees aren't typically available specifically in sports nutrition. However, doctoral degree programs can be found in exercise science and nutrition, as well as in kinesiology and nutrition, that offer specializations and/or courses in sports nutrition or nutrition and exercise.

Available ProgramsWhile sports nutrition is not available as a doctorate on its own, Ph.D. programs in exercise science and kinesiology offer sports nutrition specializations and coursework
PrerequisitesA relevant bachelor's or master's degree with coursework in nutrition, biology and math
Learning TopicsCourses include exercise physiology, molecular nutrition and biochemistry
Online DegreesWhile a doctorate in sports nutrition is not available online, related health doctorates are, as well as online graduate certificates in sports nutrition
Career OptionsCareers for graduates include nutritionist, teacher and researcher

What Do I Need to Qualify?

Prerequisites for these types of doctoral degree programs typically include a bachelor's or master's degree. You'll need to have completed coursework in such areas as nutrition, biology and statistics. Most programs also require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and letters of recommendation. Depending on the program, you may also need to submit a resume outlining your professional experience in nutrition or physiology.

What Courses Will I Take?

Degree programs in exercise science and nutrition cover topics ranging from health promotion and food microbiology to neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary responses to exercise. You'll also be required to complete research and a dissertation in your area of interest. Some of the courses you can expect to find in this type of degree program include:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Molecular nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Energy metabolism
  • Health behavior

Can I Complete This Program Online?

Doctoral degrees in exercise science and nutrition aren't available online, though some programs in related health fields are available. Plus, you can find online graduate-level certificates in sports nutrition that are geared towards individuals with undergraduate degrees in nutrition or a related field. Some online certificates are also designed to prepare you for certification as a health or fitness instructor offered by the American College of Sports Medicine. The credits earned from a certificate program can often be applied to a master's degree program, which can serve as preparation for doctoral study.

What Will I Be Qualified To Do With This Degree?

With a Ph.D. in nutrition, you may pursue careers in teaching, research or as a nutritionist. Job growth for nutritionists and dietitians is expected to grow at a rate of 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of January 2016, the median salary for nutritionists was $41,808 per year, according to

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