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Nutrition, MS - Sport Nutrition Option

Master of Science in Nutrition - Sport Nutrition Option

As humans, our performance is directly impacted by the quality of our nutrition. Learn to help athletes and others excel through sports nutrition when you study and train at the University of Central Missouri. Our Master of Science in Nutrition program, which includes a Sport Nutrition master’s degree, provides the required education and hands-on experience to become a sports nutritionist or for RDNs to advance your education.

A flexible Sport Nutrition degree that meets new requirements

Starting in 2024, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will require entry-level Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) to have completed a master’s degree. If you’re already an RDN seeking to be more competitive in the job market, our Sport Nutrition graduate’s degree will expand your knowledge and skill set. If you are a student seeking to enter the profession, this degree will enable you to work as a sports nutritionist in settings that don’t require RDN certification. 

While you work toward either goal, enjoy flexible options for completing UCM’s Sport Nutrition master’s degree program. The Sport Nutrition Option is offered either Online or Hybrid. Admittance to the program requires an undergraduate degree in an appropriate major, with an accumulated undergraduate GPA greater than 3.00.

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Meera Penumetcha, Ph.D., RDN
Associate Professor and Nutrition Program Director
Morrow 130
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8904

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Nutrition, Kinesiology and Health


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Ranked in U.S. top nutrition programs

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100% job placement rate

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10:1 student-faculty ratio

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Use of state-of-the-art labs

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In-person and online classes

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Lower tuition rates than other programs


What you will study

In classes for your Sport Nutrition master’s degree online or on campus, you’ll gain valuable, science-based knowledge about sports nutrition. Then learn how to apply it when analyzing human performance and exercise metabolism.

Choose a thesis or non-thesis option for your master’s degree in Sport Nutrition

At UCM, you have the option to complete your Sport Nutrition master’s degree with or without a thesis. 

Your thesis may focus on research you conduct in UCM’s state-of-the-art human performance lab or your work with university student-athletes should you choose to take advantage of that opportunity. If you choose the non-thesis option, you’ll complete an additional course of your choice from the variety of elective courses that we offer. Either option allows you to complete UCM’s Sport Nutrition master’s degree online and in person within two years.


Excellence in Nutrition

  • Recognized: “Best Public University” among the country’s Best Nutrition Degree Programs (, 2022)
  • #35: (only Missouri university) in the Top 50 Master's in Nutrition Online Programs (College Values Online, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in sports nutrition

Even if you choose to complete some of your courses for your UCM Sport Nutrition master’s degree online, you can still benefit from the real-world experiences available on campus in Warrensburg or Lee’s Summit. Develop invaluable skills for your career as a sports nutritionist with these resources as you complete your Sport Nutrition degree from UCM:

Hands-on classes: Kinesiology courses are conducted in UCM’s state-of-the-art laboratories for human performance and exercise physiology. Access modern equipment and instruments to assess performance, physical fitness and health status for sports nutrition planning.
Faculty mentoring: UCM faculty bring extensive experience in various nutrition roles ranging from research to clinical dietitians, and they have diverse research focus areas. Their goal is to instill a lifelong passion for learning in all students who come through the Sport Nutrition degree program.


What can you do with a master’s degree in Sport Nutrition from UCM?

Sports nutritionists are in high demand. In fact, 100% of recent graduates from UCM’s Nutrition program have gained employment or been accepted to graduate school within six months of completing their Sport Nutrition master’s degree.

Your career opportunities with a master’s degree in Sport Nutrition

Alumni with a Sport Nutrition master’s degree have gone on to work in sports nutrition for the University of Missouri at Columbia and the University of Kansas Medical Center and in various wellness centers and exercise facilities. They also work for community organizations such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

If you’re an RDN, your completion of UCM’s Sport Nutrition degree paired with your experience will give you a competitive edge. Entry-level dietitians will be required to have a master’s degree beginning in 2024.

Use the interactive tool below to explore career possibilities in sports nutrition and learn what your future may hold.




Financial assistance options for your Sport Nutrition degree

Invest in your future by meeting the requirements to become a sports nutritionist through UCM’s Sport Nutrition master’s degree. As you research schools to complete your Sport Nutrition master’s degree online and in person, your criteria may include resources to help fund your education. The University of Central Missouri makes available loans, scholarships, grants and employment opportunities.

UCM’s resources, in addition to our recognition by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for low student debt, demonstrate our commitment to helping you get a quality education as part of your master’s degree in Sport Nutrition. For more information on program-specific scholarships, visit UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Admission Requirements for Sport Nutrition Option

Any undergraduate degree but with the following pre-requirements and with an accumulated undergraduate GPA greater than 3.00. Prospective students may apply for conditional admittance if they have an accumulated undergraduate GPA of 2.75-3.00.

Prerequisites for Sport Nutrition Option:

CHEM 1104 Intro to Chemistry with lab (4-5 credits)
CHEM 1604 Organic and Biochemistry (4 credits)
BIOL 3401 Anatomy (3 credits)
BIOL 3402 Physiology (5 credits)
D&N 3350 Community Nutrition (3 credits)
D&N 3340 Nutrition (3 credits)
KIN 2850 Foundations of Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
NUTR 4010 Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism (3 credits) can be completed as graduate credit NUTR 5010
NUTR 4300 Nutrition for Human Performance (3 credits) can be completed as graduate credit NUTR 5300


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