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- Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Nutrition/Dietetics, or other science-related major. OR successful completion of coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology, and chemistry/biochemistry (12 or more total credits).
- Official transcripts.
- 2.75 cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work (higher science GPA is desirable).
- Three recommendations, including at least one academic reference and one professional reference.
- An essay (no more than 750 words) including reflections on 1) personal philosophy of exercise/nutrition, 2) career aspirations, and 3) purpose, passion, faith, etc.
- In-person (or virtual as needed) interview for finalists.
Transcripts and forms should be mailed to:
Graduate Studies in EXNS
One University Park Drive
Nashville TN 37204-3951
The following core courses are required for this degree (15 hours):
- EXNS 5003 - Advanced Exercise Physiology I
- EXNS 5013 - Exercise and Nutrition Strategies
- EXNS 5063 - Research Methods I: Biostatistics
- EXNS 5103 - Research Methods II: Design & Analysis
- EXNS 5203 - Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry I
The following elective courses are chosen based on interest and professional goals (15 hours):
- EXNS 5043 - Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition
- EXNS 5053 - Electrocardiography
- EXNS 5073 - Dietary and Nutritional Supplementation
- EXNS 5123 - Advanced Exercise Physiology II: Adaptations to Exercise
- EXNS 5133 - Advanced Exercise Physiology III: Laboratory Techniques
- EXNS 5143 - Exercise Psychology
- EXNS 5233 - Current Trends II: Obesity
- EXNS 5243 - The Business of Exercise & Nutrition
- EXNS 5253 - Nutrition Across the Life Span
- EXNS 5263 - Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry II: Micronutrients
- EXNS 5273 - Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry IIII: Macronutrients
- EXNS 5403 - Special Topics in Exercise & Nutrition Science
- EXNS 541V - Independent Study
- EXNS 5443 - Advanced Strength & Conditioning Methods
- EXNS 5453 - Exercise Evaluation & Prescription for Special Populations
- EXNS 5463 - Advanced Medical Nutritional Therapy
- EXNS 5473 - Current Trends I: Eating Disorders
As a capstone project, students choose either Portfolio or Thesis and complete the Comprehensive Exam (6 hours):
- EXNS 5900 - Comprehensive Exam
- EXNS 5953 - Portfolio I
- EXNS 5963 - Portfolio II
- EXNS 5973 - Thesis I
- EXNS 5983 - Thesis II
Other elective courses outside the EXNS program:
Students who have not previously transferred credit from the dietetic internship or another graduate school may apply up to six hours from the Lipscomb Graduate business and/or psychology programs toward the EXNS degree. (Note: Graduate business and/or psychology program tuition applies to students who take these courses.) Courses could include:
- BU 6303 - Health Services Management
- BU 6323 - The U.S. Health Care System
- BU 6803 - Sports Management
- BU 6813 - Marketing, Fundraising and Public Relations in Sports
- BU 6823 - Sports Law and Risk Management
- PSFT 5903 - Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy Skills
Graduate business and/or psychology program tuition applies to students who take these courses.