Master of Science in Exercise Science & Nutrition

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Trumbull, CT 06611

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Transform Health, Fitness and Lives

Gain a comprehensive background in exercise physiology, human anatomy, nutrition, and clinically-oriented testing of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuromuscular systems. Apply your advanced knowledge to a career in a clinical setting or athletic performance.

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Earn Your Master of Science in Exercise Science & Nutrition

SHU’s innovative Exercise Science & Nutrition program places a unique emphasis on the nutritional aspects of health, disease, and performance. Graduates are prepared to meet the demands of a diverse professional field with advanced knowledge, a comprehensive skill set, and the ability to both practice and lead in the field of exercise science. 

Through this program, you will:

  • Demonstrate best practices, and acquire management skills in clinical practice, strength and conditioning settings and/or coaching
  • Master concepts in exercise physiology, human anatomy, performance/health-field specific research methodology, and nutrition as it relates to chronic disease prevention and sport performance
  • Learn to prescribe post-orthopedic rehabilitation resistance training protocols
  • Contribute to research activities in clinical exercise settings, sport or clinical nutrition, and fitness/sport-related exercise programming
  • Prepare to continue your education and acquire a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D.) 

Choose the track that fits your career aspirations

The M.S. in Exercise Science & Nutrition stresses basic science and allows students to concentrate on either performance or clinical sciences. 


In the Performance track, you will develop a mastery of:

  • Strength & Conditioning concepts and controversies
  • Nutritional influences on training adaptation and performance
  • Coaching methodology and philosophy
  • Biomechanics 

Graduates of the performance track are prepared for careers in leadership, administration, and coaching in fitness and sports performance settings. 


Through the Clinical track, you will develop mastery of:

  • Clinical exercise testing and prescription for cardiac, pulmonary, cancer, diabetic and osteoporotic rehabilitation settings
  • Nutrition as it relates to weight management, counseling strategies, and patient education
  • Applying health behavior change concepts to both health and compromised populations 

Graduates of the clinical track are prepared for careers in hospital or hospital-affiliated settings, working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and long-term rehabilitation of cancer and immune disease patients. 

Enter a career with endless opportunity and growing demand

Employment in the health and fitness industry is projected to grow steadily through 2020.1 Graduates of the Exercise Science & Nutrition program have gained employment as:

  • Hospital-based exercise physiologists and wellness directors
  • Strength and conditioning coaches for private companies and university teams
  • Chief health officer at medically supervised weight loss clinics
  • Trainers for post-orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Graduate assistants within doctoral programs
  • Lobbyist for a multinational food corporation 

Additional Program Benefits

  • Access to motion analysis lab, human performance lab and human cadaver lab, containing state-of-the-art equipment including AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart, BOD POD Body Composition Tracking System, 3D motion analysis system and more
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 5:1, which provides greater one-on-one access to professors than most other universities
  • Late afternoon/evening classes designed to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students
  • Option to participate in research activities with faculty members
  • Multi-semester internship opportunities 

Apply for your Master of Science in Exercise Science & Nutrition today 

Note: Although the curriculum places an emphasis on the nutritional sciences, it is not a dietetics program. Individuals who wish to be employed as full-time nutritionists or dietitians should pursue graduate programs that provide a pathway to the Registered Dietician (R.D.) credential or equivalent. 

1Bureau of Labor Statistics

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